10 Quick and Easy Health Tips - "This Chick's Life"

1    Vitamin D is the only nutrient your body produces when skin or retina are exposed to sunlight for about 12 minutes a day.

Sunglasses, suntan lotion, windows all prevent the absorption of Vitamin D. Your retina is the best way to absorb Vitamin D in the winter months when skin is covered up.

Vitamin D is not found in fresh fruits and vegetables like other vitamins. Mineral rich foods like Wildly Tasty Chicken are necessary to maintain proper magnesium levels that activate Vitamin D in the digestive system to absorb Calcium.

Vitamin D is necessary to absorb calcium for bone health and to maintain a good immune system by regulating immune cells!

Fish and Eggs from chickens raised outside are good sources of Vitamin D. MUSHROOMs are the only plant based food that has Vitamin D.

That is why our food is fortified with Vitamin D. Never stop learning.

2   A grapefruit a day may be better than an apple. It has the highest water content of any fruit, and it loaded with fiber.

Grapefruits contain antioxidants Lycopene and limonoids that fights Free Radicals like cancer

There's another reason grapefruit can be good for your heart: It reduces levels of triglycerides. Triglycerides are another type of fat—like "bad" LDL cholesterol—which can quickly clog up your arteries.

Grapefruit Juice (unsweetened) is ranked among those highest in antioxidants

***Grapefruit has a lot of drug and food interactions!

3    We all know this, but it is worth a reminder: Having a pet reduces anxiety.

Playing and spending time with your pet releases oxytocin and improves your mood. Having a pet reduces blood pressure and keeps you active.

4  Once a day place your legs up against a wall for 10-20 minutes and give your heart a rest.

Lowers your blood pressure and slows your heart rate. Gives relieve for headaches. Increases metabolism and the ability of your digestive system to work by dilating the blood vessels and increasing blood flow. Decreases swelling in legs and feet by allowing the vessels to drain. Increases circulation and relaxes you while stretching your lower back. Aids in the health of male and female reproductive organs.

5  Drink a glass of Ice water with lemon juice on an empty stomach in the morning and before bed. Your body burns calories trying to bring a glass ice water up to your body’s temperature.

Increase your metabolism, detox your body, lowers blood pressure and stress, freshens breath, fights infections, manages blood sugar and the list goes on.

Make your metabolism work for you. Drink ice water with lemon when you wake up and do something, exercise, clean, shower, dance...for 30 minutes before you eat breakfast. It gives your system time to wake up so it can process that morning meal.

6   Pineapple is 5x better at stopping a cough than cough syrup. The next time you have a sore throat drink pineapple juice.

It's natural anti-inflammatory properties fight infections and bacteria.

7   CUDDLE more, it relieves STRESS. Cuddling releases oxytocin and lowers both Cortisol levels & blood pressure.

Ladies, we had it right all along.

8  The smell of orange will reduce stress by 70%.

9  Vitamin B12, an important water-soluble vitamin. Similar to Vitamin C we cannot store it in our bodies and must eat it every day. It plays an essential role in the production of your red blood cells and DNA, as well as the proper functioning of our nervous system. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal foods, including meats, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy.  It is not known to be found in plants, but can be found on the outside plants that are not fully cleaned. 

What you might not know is that B12 is produced by bacteria found in soil and water.  Animals eat and drink these bacteria and absorb it in their digestive process (including humans) – Animals become our middle-men to Vitamin B12 absorption.

Supplements and fortified foods are good ways of making sure you are not B12 deficient.  Research shows that the highest levels of B12 come from milk and milk products. 

10  Cooking with bone in meat like Wildly Tasty Chicken is a good source of Collagen and Minerals.  Bone-less cuts of meat are often advertised as being healthier options.  Pasture raised Chicken, like Wildly Tasty Chicken has almost zero fat due to it’s constant movement and less grain fed diet.  It is higher in minerals and vitamins it eats from green pasture.

Collagen and Minerals from bone-in meat are necessary for healthy teeth, bones, skin and nervous system function.