JJ Virgin

The Real Story About “Good” and “Bad” Cholesterol

I’ve lost 50 pounds on the Virgin Diet! My cholesterol is looking much better, but my LDL is still higher than normal. What should I do? A podcast listener recently asked me that question, and it’s a perfect illustration of how the cholesterol conversation has changed. A generation ago, patients only heard whether their cholesterol was high or low. Now, most people understand there’s actually “good” and “bad” cholesterol, and your annual physical measures both HDL and LDL. But what exactly do those tests mean? Living in the Wild West Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in little packages called “lipoproteins.” …

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Cleansing with Sunlighten: Detoxification

The simple act of sweating is one way the body regulates itself, allowing one to heal and remain healthy. Sunlighten infrared saunas are designed to promote deep, natural, detoxifying sweat. Reports from the United States Center for Disease Control estimate that over 80% of all illnesses have causes rooted in personal environments or lifestyles. In an industrialized society, we can do little to reduce exposure to toxins in the air we breathe and the food we eat. As a result, sauna detox has become a leading treatment to achieve greater health and wellness. Sauna detoxification is a widely-used treatment in …

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Infrared Saunas: Lower Ambient Temps, More Effective

We often have customers wonder how infrared saunas – at lower temperatures than traditional saunas – can be so effective. The answer has everything to do with the fact that infrared light heats the body and NOT the ambient air. Infrared light (experienced as heat) is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum with the ability to penetrate human tissue. Infrared sauna therapy uses this penetrating characteristic to heat the body directly at the core rather than simply warming the air or skin’s surface. The Sunlighten infrared sauna experience is very similar to lying in the sun on a warm …

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