We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of Blooms supplements on Echolife’s Natural Health virtual shelves. Blooms is an Australian-owned company that has been providing quality products to support and boost the health and wellbeing of Australians since 1936. Blooms has evolved from a small Sydney health-food store to a medium-sized company that manufactures 70% of its products locally (from growing to harvesting to packing).
Now that we are heading towards summer in Australia, most of us think about slathering our bodies with sunscreens, but if we were to expose at least 20% of our skin to sunlight all year round for up to 10 minutes a day without any sunscreen, then many of us would ensure adequate amounts of vitamin D (remember to do this before the hottest part of the day – early morning or late afternoon).
The liver and kidney help convert vitamin D to its active hormone form. Those who have impaired liver or kidney functions would require more vitamin D synthesis either from direct sunlight or good quality supplements. (Note: a simple blood test may be required to check your current levels of vitamin D before considering any supplementation.)
Deficiency of natural sunlight and vitamin D has been associated with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Dr. Norman Shealy, M.D.,Ph.D wrote that Vitamin D has long been known to enhance immune function and to benefit many other health conditions. Continue reading
Zinc and the immune system:
The immune system is affected by even moderate degrees of zinc deficiency – and severe zinc deficiency actually depresses the immune function. Adequate amounts of zinc are required for the development and activation of T-lymphocytes, a white blood cell that helps fight infection. If running low on zinc, you may be more susceptible to colds, flus and other viruses.