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Effects of Blue Light

Is using your digital devices at night affecting your health? We are all exposed to unprecedented levels of artificial light, such as fluorescent lighting, LEDs and blue light. These lights are known to interfere with our circadian rhythm, sometimes referred to as our biological clock, which includes our sleep, wake cycles.  As a consequence, poor sleep may result.  Sufficient good quality sleep is essential for our bodies and brains to repair, which is why sleep deprivation is associated with a myriad of health conditions. What’s the deal with blue light? To compound this exposure, we are also now spending an ever increasing amount of time on our digital devices, such as mobile smart phones and laptops. These screens emit light at wavelengths ranging from 400nm to 500nm, known as “blue light”. This light is of particular concern after sundown. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology…

Blue Zones

More and more we are hearing about so called “blue zones”. That is, specific areas spread across the globe where there is a significantly higher than average proportion of their populations enjoying long and healthy lives. These regions, which extend from Nicoya in Costa Rica, to Sardinia in Italy, Okinawa in Japan, Icaria in Greece and Loma Linda in California, have particular patterns of living in common to which their extraordinary health and longevity is attributed.  Despite the vast geographical distance between them, the combination of lifestyle factors is remarkably similar.  Researchers identified nine primary factors, listed below in no particular order. #01 A primarily plant based diet Although these population do eat animal products, including meat, eggs and dairy, the bulk of their diets are from plant sources. Meat is consumed in small amounts approximately once a week. Interestingly, and not too surprisingly, an article published in 2018 in the…