DR EMILY POCCIA, ND, EXPLAINS IN THIS 5 PART VIRBLOGO SERIES HOW A LITTLE CONCIOUSNESS IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE CAN HAVE INTENSE HEALTH BENEFITS BY INCORPORATING THESE NATURE CURES INTO YOUR DAILY ROUTINES.
Nature cure is about getting back to the basics. It encompasses elements of life that make us thrive and heal. Many illnesses and diseases today are derived from our lifestyles and can be prevented with some attention to these basic, yet essential human needs. Here's #3.
Get Adequate Sunlight
Sunlight is extremely important to our health. Ever wonder why there is seasonal depression in some parts of the world? The places with the highest incidents are places with less sunlight!
Sunlight activates the Vitamin D in our body. Vitamin D plays a big role in our mood, in maintaining bone density and maintaining our immune system. Low levels of Vitamin D are associated with autoimmune disease. In order to get enough Vitamin D from the sun you must be out in the sun ideally when the sun is the strongest (noon) and allow for your bare skin to be exposed (ideally your chest or back or any large area of skin) for 10-15 minutes, or just long enough for the skin to start to turn pink.
Sunlight has a multitude of benefits. It was used to disinfect and heal wounds in World War I. It can heal skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, fungal infections, and acne. The sun has the ability to convert cholesterol in the blood into steroid hormones and sex hormones needed for reproduction. It can help reduce blood pressure by dilating blood vessels and also increasing the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood-(it’s ability to deliver oxygen to the tissues).
The best way to get sunlight is to get exposure slowly. This will decrease the risk of sunburns. Another great way to reduce burning is to increase your antioxidant levels. Look for dark red, blue and purple foods and herbs like blueberries, blackberries, hawthorn berries, elderberries, and barberries to name a few.
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Dr. Emily Poccia
Dr. Emily Poccia offers a Family Medicine practice at RestorMedicine in San Diego with a primary focus in the treatment and management of chronic Lyme disease. She graduated from Southwest Collage of Naturopathic Medicine in 2014 and moved to San Diego soon after. Originally from Connecticut she is no stranger to Lyme Disease and felt a need to support this population through their health journey. She was trained by Lyme literate doctor and author of, “The Beginner’s Guide to Lyme”, and “Lyme Brain”, Dr. Nicola Ducharme.
Dr. Emily is highly committed to using Naturopathic principles that are centered around supporting the body’s innate ability to heal itself and treating the whole person. She does this by using diagnostic testing to find the root cause of illness then supports the body’s healing process using natural therapies like botanical medicine, nutrition, gemstone energy medicine, nutritional supplementation, homeopathy and nutritional IV’s. Her goal, whether you have a chronic illness or any health concern, is to support all dimensions of your health- physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic. Dr. Emily believes strongly in doctor as teacher, a principle that allows her to empower her patients and their families so they can take an active role in their health and live healthier lives.
You can find out more about Dr. Emily, the practice, and schedule appointments at RestorMedicine.com. She also hosts lectures on different health topics, and be sure to check out her personal blog called High Five to Health.