Introduction (00:00 – 06:24)
First Segment: Trending Topics
Topic (06:24 – 25:01): Safe Fun in the Sun!
The weather is finally warm and we’re all itching to get out of the office and into the beautiful sunshine. With this burst of spring comes the fear of sunburns, but most of us naturally turn to sunscreen for protection. However, just because you’ve shielded yourself from harmful UV-B rays, it doesn’t mean you’re completely protected! Janet and Emily talk about how much sun you should get unexposed, what various things like SPF mean, and what to look for on a sunscreen’s ingredients list!
First, understand that we need the sun!
You can build up your sun tolerance by going out unprotected early in the season for short, then increasing sun exposure, building up a tan. This is a natural way of protecting yourself. For the fairer skinned among us and for longer days in the sun, there are two types of sunscreen you can turn to: one safer, and the other with inherent dangers.
Physical sunblock works by bouncing the sun’s rays off the skin, rather than being absorbed into the skin before working; chemical sunblock gets absorbed into the skin to filter out the UV rays. Absorption of these chemicals into the body can cause their own set of problems.
Other things you should know before hitting the beach:
Article referenced: Dr. Michael Eades, a bestselling author and researcher on health, nutrition, and exercise,says, “There’s no evidence that excess sun causes melanoma, but regular sun exposure and vitamin D can prevent it.” Read more about his work here: https://proteinpower.com/drmike/2010/06/25/heliophobe-madness/
Second Segment: Audience Questions
Question (26:11 – 34:15): Sandra asks, “I recently had some bloodwork done, and my thyroid TSH came back borderline high and they’re keeping an eye over the next couple of months. Is there anything natural I can do?”
The number in Sandra’s question represents the pituitary gland telling your thyroid to make the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, or TSH; the higher the number, the more reminders your pituitary gland has to give your thyroid to make the hormone it needs. The range of normal for TSH and the range of ideal are not the same. Ideal is between 1 – 2, whereas what’s considered normal can be as high as 4. Every cell is affected by your thyroid, so if your TSH is at 4, you’re probably feeling sluggish, as there clearly isn’t enough hormone being made to go around.
Emily has experienced high TSH numbers, and after treating it, she never felt better! To get back to feeling better, you need four key nutrients to make TSH:
You also have to get rid of chemicals like bromine and fluoride, as these can block the uptake of iodine. Avoid processed foods, drink non-fluoridated water, and use fluoride-free toothpaste to remove these chemicals.
Also, the thyroid is susceptible to toxins in general. So clean up your daily routines! Some suggestions include:
Recipe (34:16 – 36:39): Sunshine Salad
Full of wholesome ingredients and super easy to make, this is the perfect salad to serve when eating outdoors on a warm day!
Pour ingredients on salad and toss together to mix