The Sunshine Vitamin

Our last article discussed the connection between exercise and strong immune system. Moreover, exercise outdoors has the added benefit from the “sunshine” vitamin, vitamin D.
Your body naturally produces vitamin D when it is exposed to sunlight, but you can also get it through certain foods and supplements.
It has proven may be instrumental in reducing the risk of multiple sclerosis,  heart disease, and developing the flu. Research has shown that it might also play an important role in lifting your mood and warding off depression. One study found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
Vitamin D has also shown to improve symptoms of autism – interestingly, autism is more prevelant in wealthy families who are more likely to apply sunscreen and stay indoors more.  Autism has seen huge increases around the world as more and  more kids spend less time outside.
Increased vitamin D has been shown to reduce seizures and other symptoms (such as sleep issues) during summer: when they are out in the sun.
In addition to this natural remedy, the Autism Hope Alliance acknowledges the benefits of Pepex both as a tactile, soothing massage, and as a calming aromatherapy.

Yes, it Really IS About Diet & Exercise

Our last article discussed the powerful effects of certain dietary ingredients in building a strong immune system. Symbiotically, exercise completes this natural approach. In fact, as little as 20 minutes a day has proven to help ward off colds and flu. You don’t need to be a marathoner to boost your body’s defense against infections!
  Exercise improves your overall fitness, which helps boost your immune system. Some studies show that “moderate intensity” exercise may cut down the number of colds you get. That type of activity includes things like a 20- to 30-minute walk every day, going to the gym every other day, or biking a few times a week.
  One study showed that women who walked for a half-hour every day for one year, had half had the number of colds as those who didn’t exercise. Researchers found that regular walking may increase white blood cells, which fight infections.
  Another study found that 65-year-olds who did regular exercise, the number of T-cells (a specific type of white blood cell) was as high as those of thirty-somethings.

 Exercise outside reaps the additional benefits of the sunshine vitamin – vitamin D, just now being credited for not only an immune booster, but possibly an agent in cancer fighting as well.
The old adage of diet and exercise can’t be stressed enough. Need extra insurance? Keep powerful essential oils handy with Pepex. Eucalyptus has been known for thousands of years as a respiratory stimulant – helping keep airways clear and functioning at their best!