Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month, and as an advocate for health and women’s wellness, the team at Sunlighten is proud to support breast cancer research to help create awareness around this disease. We work with some amazing doctors who use infrared sauna therapy as alternative cancer treatment methods in holistic clinics in Mexico, Germany and in other countries around the world. But beating cancer is no easy feat – both for the doctors and those who have been diagnosed with this disease. One such breast cancer survivor relates the feeling of having the wind sucked out of her lungs …

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The Difference Between Light Therapy and Near Infrared Therapy

Light therapy is not a new age fad, it’s been around for thousands of years for treating  skin disease , depression and other  of ailments.  In fact, this could be one of the reasons why people experience SAD (seasonal affective disorder) – they simply aren’t getting enough sunlight.  Individuals who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) often report feeling depressed in the winter and their serotonin levels are proof of their emotions. That being said, light therapy has many benefits, and so does near infrared therapy, another form of light therapy.  Various forms of light therapy are  often lumped together …

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Our Executive Chef Keeps it Healthy on Guy’s Grocery Games

One of the cool things about working in Sunlighten is everyone here is family.  This is why we are so excited about one of our happy family member’s debut on the cooking show Guys Grocery Games!! If you haven’t heard of Guy’s Grocery Games, it is a chef’s game show on the Food Network that features culinary artists around the nation  to compete in unusual cooking competitions.  The game is held in a mock-up grocery store where four contestants battle against each other by shopping, preparing and plating a variety of foods for a panel of judges in just  30 …

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Stay Healthy & Warm This Flu and Cold Season

Flu and Cold Season is Coming up! It’s that time of the year again, and with it comes sniffles, coughing, phlegm and more – what fun (said no one ever)!  With it feeling more and more like fall, even though autumn doesn’t officially start until September 22nd, I am setting myself and my family up for success by practicing some flu and cold season prevention.  After all, the best way to treat illness is to prevent it altogether. In my household, our family practices healthful habits year around – despite being working parents, we eat healthy foods, exercise, drink water …

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Boost the Benefits of Sauna Therapy: Superfoods & Probiotics

Many people use saunas to improve their general health and well-being, as well as to heal chronic illness, detox, and lose weight. But did you know there are many ways to optimize the sauna experience in your everyday life? This blog is the first in a series that will introduce different ways to maximize the benefits of sauna use. Today we’ll talk about digestive health, and a few foods that can augment the detoxifying benefits of infrared sauna use. A Healthy Gut Leads to a Healthy Body Though you may not realize it, your overall health is directly linked to the health …

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Fitness Tips of Champions

My 8 and 6 year old could not be more excited for the Olympics.  They have really fallen in love with Michael Phelps and all of his accomplishments.  For me personally, watching these athletes compete truly gets me fired up.  They work so hard for so long, it is all about personal accomplishment of lifelong dreams.  Olympic athletes train for years in order to compete in the Olympics.  This typically includes an extensive workout regime, a strict diet, and intense mental conditioning, but they didn’t get there overnight.  As with most things, health and wellness takes time and gradual change.  …

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Get Healthy Glowing Skin in 30 Minutes

Have you ever wondered how celebrities do it?  Not only do they flaunt flawless skin every time they walk outside, but they manage to keep and maintain it even with their fast-paced lifestyles.  Meanwhile, breakouts and other skin issues follow us mere mortals around like a bad plague!  What is their secret, and what can we do to experience healthy glowing skin without needing to purchase expensive creams, cleansers and lotions? Where Do Skin Problems Start? Getting down to the science of it all, blemishes and other skin problems can originate from a myriad of sources.  For starters, hormonal imbalances can …

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The Best Exercise Routine

Many experts agree that having a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest and exercising 3 to 5 times a week for at least twenty minutes helps boost immunity, mood and overall well-being.  Since the invention of the fit bit, which conveniently syncs with our smart phones, many Americans are turning their lives around by becoming more active.  But let’s be honest, not everyone enjoys working out (even though they should). It seems like every week there is some new routine or exercise regime that promises amazing results in no time at all.  I have watched many people try and fail …

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Natural Ways to Detox Your Body After the 4th of July

There is nothing quite like the 4th of July:  family, friends, fireworks, and let’s not forget my favorite part, the food! Typically, a 4th of July celebration is not complete without a little BBQ and other sinfully delicious treats like potato salad, creamed corn, deviled eggs and a myriad of desserts.  If you are anything like me, then you don’t feel the repercussions of your actions until AFTER the fun…  I call it “eater’s remorse” and it hits the day after partaking in the holiday’s gastronomical adventures – in this case, July 5th. Before the fun, my bathroom scale and I were …

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Recipe: Energy Bursts – Wellness on the Go!

My family, like many of yours, is always busy with work, school and sports. It’s important to us to eat as healthy as possible. To make it happen, I plan ahead for weekday meals. A little advance preparation goes a long way! I am always on the lookout for simple and quick healthy foods the whole family will love. Over the last few months, I have shared several of our favorite recipes on this blog. (Gluten-free zucchini pancakes and “tastes-like-potato” soup top the list.) Now I want to share one of our favorite snacks: energy bursts made with dried fruit, seeds and almond …

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