Different Fruits And Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk In Different Parts Of Bowel

Fruits & Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk

Different Fruits And Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk In Different Parts Of Bowel

“Eating more apples is linked to lower risk of distal colon cancer, brassicas like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are linked to lower risk of cancer in both the proximal and the distal colon, while on the other hand, drinking more fruit juice appears to raise the risk of rectal cancer, according to new research from Australia published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.”

Omega 3 Linked to Brain, Cardio and Digestive Health

Omega 3 Linked to Brain, Cardio and
Digestive Health

According to an article published in the 2011 edition of Brain, Behavior and Immunity, a recent study has concluded that an increased intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids has proven to lower anxiety and inflammation in 68 medical students.

The double-blind study showed that anxiety symptoms were 20% lower in students taking an Omega 3 supplement for 12 weeks when compared to those taking a placebo.

The study also revealed a 14% improvement in the levels of a blood marker of inflammation observed in the same group of students and in contrast to those given a placebo.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA, EPA & DHA) have been linked to a variety to health benefits. Although most recent studies suggest that these benefits are most prevalent in brain health, numerous studies have also shown significant benefits in cardiovascular health, immune function, digestion (crohn’s disease), joints (arthritis), skin (psoriasis) and even cancer.

Nutritional surveys suggest that American’s are not consuming enough Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Some studies indicate that in average people are consuming five times less than what the World Health Organization recommends: 0.3-0.5 grams of EPA and DHA; and 0.8-1.1 grams of ALA, per day.

The American Heart Association recommends consuming oily fish or supplements containing fish oils at least two times per week. People with history of coronary heart disease should consume at least one gram of EPA and DHA every day. Those wishing to lower triglycerides can consume two to four grams a day.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega-3_fatty_acid#cite_note-118
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fish-oil/NS_patient-fishoil/DSECTION=evidence

Take your Calcium!

How does your Calcium intake measure up?

According to recent studies an alarming percentage of Americans are Calcium deficient; 75% to be precise!
Take Your Calcium!
This data uncovers a latent crisis that costs the healthcare system, as well as individuals, millions of dollars (and health-related headaches) that could potentially be saved if we all gave an adequate daily supply of Calcium to our bodies.
In an article published in by the New York Times, titled “Calcium Takes Its Place As a Supertar of Nutrients,” Jane E. Brody asserts that “no major organ system escapes its [Calcium] influence.”
Brody states that the relationship between Calcium and our bodies can be explained by the argument proposed by Dr. Hector F. DeLuca, a well known biochemist from the University of Wisconsin and expert in Calcium and Vitamin D metabolism, who believes that the Humans’ dependency on Calcium stems from the fact that we evolved as organisms originated from life in the sea under an abundant supply of this precious mineral.
Human organs have evolved to be dependent on Calcium to carry healthy body functions. Unhealthy levels of calcium in the blood trigger a defense mechanism that leads to “borrowing” of Calcium stored in the bones and other organs, which in turn can become the cause a number of conditions like osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, PMS and even multiple kinds of cancer. 
In order to avoid an unhealthy “drainage” of this vital mineral from our bones and major organs, it is advised to continuously supply our body with Calcium (and Vitamin D which enables Calcium to enter the blood) proportionate to our age and following the chart below:
Dairy products are a great source of Calcium; however, green leafy vegetables like Spinach and Broccoli, nuts, fish and legumes, as well as foods fortified with Calcium and Calcium supplements, can be excellent sources of this important mineral.
Appendix 14 of the 2010 Dietary Guideline for Americans (pg. 89) gives an extensive list of select food sources ranked by amounts of calcium and calories per standard food portion.

Treat Depression With Natural Supplements, Vitamins, Exercise & Meditation

Treat Depression with Herbs,
Supplements Exercise & Meditation

Exercise frequently (preferably outdoors), meditate every day and also charge yourself with positive thoughts every morning using visualization techniques.

Happiness is contegious so always surround yourself of happy people and avoid those that tend to spoil happy moments!

If you want to try a natural supplement, I recommend taking Alegria Plus. Alegria contains a potent herbal blend of Alegria del Campo, Scutellaria and Sage which are natural antidepressants and positively alter mood and emotions by acting on serotonin.

Alegria: Natural Supplement
for Depression

My son uses Alegria as a supplement to charge him with energy, positivism and motivation and he claims it has helped him immensely!

In addition to Alegria Plus I would like to highlight the importance of Vitamin D and B Vitamins. Deficiencies in both have been linked to depression! Studies suggest that taking doses of 5,000 IUs can significant impact ones quality of life.

Vitamin D and B Vitamins, particularly Vitamin B12, have beneficial effects that extend to a wide range of metabolic functions in different body systems (Immune, Cardiovascular and Nervous Systems). I suggest adding these essential vitamins to your daily diet along with Alegria Plus, 5 HTP and magnesium. These will provide a boost to your overall mental health. http://www.healthandnatureshop.c…

Wonder Ginger!

Ginger for Digestion, Nausea, Pain, Etc.

This famed underground stem of the zingiber officinale plant has been traditionally used as an important cooking ingredient; however, most tend to ignore its medicinal wonders.

Ginger has been used as a medicine for more than 2,000 years. Not only this tasteful cooking spice offers great support to digestion, but it also is a great aid in the treatment of nausea, arthritis, heart conditions, cold & flu, headaches and even painful menstrual periods.

During pregnancy, chemotherapy, following a surgery and for motion sickness, Ginger can safely, effectively and naturally relieve the severity and duration of nausea symptoms.

Ginger is also a well-known anti inflammatory. Its extract is used to treat ulcerative colitis and arthritis.

Researchers have also found that components in Ginger may have anticancer activity.

Dr. Weil’s Take on Depression

Dr. Weil’s Take on Depression

I recommend this interesting video of Dr. Weil and his opinion about Depression.

In this video, Dr. Weil explains how “Changes in diet and lifestyle, along with natural herbs, supplements, and even new philosophies of psychology, can all help relieve or reverse the depressive symptoms that the modern age seems to have multiplied.”

The Depression Epidemic – Andrew Weil, M.D. from Andrew Weil, M.D. on Vimeo.

Mount Sinai Says Grape Seed Component Fights Alzheimer’s

Pholyphenols, a natural occurring antioxidant found in Grape Seeds, fight and in some cases may help prevent the development of Alzeihmer’s, according to researchers from the Mount Sinai Medical School who studied the effects of Polyphenols on Neurotoxins in the brain.

The results from the recent study suggest that targeting Neurotoxins in the brain at an early stage stage in patients suffering Alzheimer’s disease “holds significant promise.”

Grape Seeds Fight Alzeihmer’s

As emphasized by researchers, the press release published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease’s website highlights the apparent need to find a way to identify the biomarker to “pinpoint” who is at risk so they can be treated early.

HNS recommends taking one to two capsules a of grape seed extract standardized to 95% Polyphenols, daily.

Read the press release here.

Green Smoothies – Blended Vs. Raw Greens

Get creative blending your favorite fruits and green veggies into a perfect Green Smoothie.

According to Raw Foods For Beginners, consuming blended raw vegetables can be more beneficial than chewing a fresh salad. This website explains that more cell walls are broken down when blending raw vegetables and therefore more nutrients are released to be absorbed by the body.
The following health improvements were reported in a study of  27 individuals taking a quarter of green smoothies every day, for a month:
  • Increase in energy
  • Depression lifted
  • Fewer blood sugar fluctuations
  • More regular bowel movements
  • Dandruff healed
  • Insomnia gone
  • Asthma attacks stopped completely
  • No more PMS symptoms
  • Fingernails stronger
  • Skin cleared up
  • Sex life improved
  • No more desire for coffee
  • Lost 5-10 pounds


Recipe: Quila’s Basic Green Smoothie
Green Smoothie


2C orange juice (or try tangerine juice for a tangy treat)
1C pineapple
1C peaches
1C mangos
1C raspberries (or strawberries or blueberries)
1-2 bananas
2 handfuls of spinach
4 leaves green leaf or romaine lettuce (or red or green chard)

Blend well. Makes 2 quarts. We drink this every day with a few variations here and there with the greens, berries and fruits in season. Also, add a bit of mint for a treat.

Source: “Green Smoothies.” Raw Food For The Beginner Website – 

Select Reading: A Natural Menopause by Jo Dunbar

Soy contains phytoestrogens that relieve
symptoms caused by menopause

In this article titled “A Natural Menopause,” Medical Herbalist Jo Dunbar writes about natural alternatives to modern medicine’s Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which according to studies “increases the risk of breast cancer by as much as 26%, raises the risk of stroke by 41%, and the risk of heart attack by 29%.”

Dunbar suggests that an alternative answer to the potential risks posed by HRTs lies in the Easter world where Oriental women suffer less menopause symptoms because of their diet composed of foods rich in Phytoestrogens, like Soy Beans (Soy Isoflavones), Black Cohosh and Red Clover.
The author expands on how plants and other foods can help women balance their declining levels of estrogen during Menopause without a dreaded increase in the risk of breast cancer. She explains how some natural foods can help protect against Osteoporosis and Cardiac Disease and recommends, in addition to an exercise program, adding to your diet Liquorice root, diary products, kelp, almonds, figs, black grapes, blueberries, blackberries, hawthorn berries, fenugreek, garlic and olive oil.

Source: “A Natural Medicine” by Jo Dunbar.http://www.allthingshealing.com/Herbology/A-Natural-Menopause/6265