Yesterday was one of the first warm and sunny days we have had this spring, and was a good day to get out and see the town. As always, in Burlington, VT, Church Street Marketplace comes alive as soon as the temperatures go up. Tourists weave in and out of locally owned and operated coffee shops, bookstores, and apparel companies, college kids jog in groups, or ride their bikes between classes, locals pick up coffee as they walk their dogs, and restaurants dust off the outdoor furniture from the storage area, and set up for the dinner rush. But there are those who don’t have much to do; they don’t work, they don’t talk to most people other than to beg, or ask for spare change. Some are new faces, and others are known throughout the area as friendly and harmless individuals.
Stress is a normal part of our everyday lives, in fact, its expected, and comes in all shapes and sizes. From weddings and a new addition, to the family, to your car breaking down in the middle of the highway, and not paying the cell phone bill on time, we all experience stress in one form or another. Stress is caused by a chemical response in the brain, which releases the hormone Cortisol thus triggering the “Fight or Flight” response. When we do nothing, Cortisol is left in the body without use, and can cause damage to our bodies over time including issues with our hair, skin, and nails. Stress can actually cause skin to become more sensitive and oilier, which can lead to moderate to severe breakouts; women, who are more prone to stress, and show more physical signs of stress, may see shifts in their menstruation cycles, which can also cause breakouts, and possible delay, or halt, of their monthly periods.
As Spring seems to have sprung, we all know that Summer is not far behind; with Summer comes days at the beach, boating, barbecues, and lots of sunshine. It's, in one's own opinion, the best time of the year. But sadly, days in the sun means a higher risk of sunburns, and potential risks of skin cancer, and severe sun damage. Fortunately, most sunscreens on the market today are more than efficient; however, finding the right one for your skin type is vital to save time in the sun, and for your skin, including any medical conditions you may have.
Seventeen years ago today marks one of the most horrific tragedies within our great Nation that will forever replay in my mind. I was 11 years old when we had an indoor recess for a reason unexplained, then, after recess, we gathered into one classroom where my principal broke the news. I was shocked, sad, and moreover, scared of what could happen next. I remember running to my father, crying as I leaped into his arms. He soothed me, told me we were safe where we were and, the next day, he and my mother kept us home to talk to us about the attacks and why some people don't like Americans. I remember sitting there on the couch with my brothers, speechless.
Turmeric has always been widely used; the Indians (with the Bindi, not the feathers) have used the spice for both medicinal and culinary purposes for thousands of years and there are several good reasons why this spice has continued to be a favorite around the world. As you read on, you will find Turmeric's main component, Curcumin, is truly the star of the show.