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The Role of Vitamin D in Health and the Importance of Adequacy in Acute and Chronic Illness

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As we face the current coronavirus pandemic, knowing our baseline level of vitamin D and supplementing appropriately has never been more important. Assuring that we have a healthy and balanced immune response that can effectively reduce viral load and suppress uncontrolled inflammation is crucial for prevention and recovery. Spending time outdoors and exposing our skin to a little bit of sunshine is also good for the body and mind.

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An Important Piece of the COVID-19 Puzzle? - Melatonin

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By Margaret N.Groves, M.Phil. ZRT Laboratory The Italian magazine Evolutamente recently published a well-researched article exploring the link between melatonin and COVID-19, pneumonia and inflammation. It’s a compelling article so let’s take a look at the key argument and see why melatonin could be so important. Melatonin and Health Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland during the hours of darkness to usher the initiation of sleep, and peaks at around 2 a.m. Its production is reduced when we are exposed to light during the night, such as when watching TV or looking at other electronic screens late at night....

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Are Hormones to Blame for My Acne?

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By Dr. Kate Placzek, ZRT Laboratory. I was in teenage hell. Overnight, I went from being completely oblivious to what I looked like, to being obsessed with my appearance. And let me tell you, I did not like what I saw in the mirror. Too tall and too skinny, with an awkward toothy grin, uncoordinated and gangly, and I didn’t seem to know where my limbs were supposed to be around me. I wanted pretty hair and a semblance of curves, like many of my friends; instead I was a bean pole with a grease mop on my head. I...

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Iodine Deficiency – The Basics

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The Problem - Iodine Deficiency Iodine deficiency is a worldwide health problem today. Some important current research indicates:  Urinary iodine levels in the US today are about half what they were in the 1970s Some individuals are within the ranges considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as mild and moderately deficient In 2004, the New England Journal of Medicine defined our iodine status in the US as “marginal,” based on data acquired from the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorder and the World Health Organization (WHO). Geographically, one-third of...

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Preventing and Protecting Against Coronavirus – Is Selenium the Answer?

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By Theodore Zava, ZRT Laboratory It seems like there is an endless loop of stories these days about new viruses and the spread of disease. There is no doubt that as the human population increases and the space between us decreases, we will only experience more of these events in the future. While the world waits on new vaccines, one solution to slowing or preventing the spread of viruses may be something as simple as adequate selenium nutrition. How Selenium Protects Against Viral Infections and Mutations Adequate selenium nutrition should be considered as a defense against viral infectious diseases. Selenium...

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