10 Cancer Fighting Foods

vegetables2When it comes to preventing and fighting cancer, anti-inflammatory foods are important. Adding nourishing foods full of healthy antioxidants is one of the easiest things you can do for yourself, if not the best. An anti-inflammatory diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key to keeping your body strong.

Here are ten cancer fighting foods that have shown to have true benefits when it comes to building your immune system. Choose organic whenever possible.

1. Apples – We are in the middle of apple season right now, and the varieties of apples available are fantastic. Studies show that apple skins inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

2. Asian mushrooms – Shiitake, reishi, and maitake mushrooms boost the immune system. In a scientific review, researchers found that the metabolites contained within mushroom cell walls appeared to stimulate different cells of the immune system, including T and B cells, macrophages, and natural killer cells. Continue reading “10 Cancer Fighting Foods”

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Dinner Tonight: Carrot Ginger Soup

carrotsI picked up a bushel (yes, a bushel) of carrots at a local farm this past weekend. Apparently, it was a great year for carrots around here. With visions of stews, casseroles, and healhy-ish muffins, I hauled the 15 pound bushel of orange goodness home.

First on my recipe list is carrot ginger soup. This is one of those soups that is perfect for cool evenings after spending a day outside. I keep the skin on the carrots, retaining the numerous extra cancer-fighting compounds, including beta-carotene and canthaxanthin. I just give them a really good scrub.  

Carrots are nutrition powerhouses. Harvard researchers recently found a strong inverse relationship between diets rich in carrots and the incidence of stroke; women who ate five or more servings of carrots weekly had a 68% lower risk. When 124 lung cancer patients who were not regular smokers were compared with 235 controls in terms of what they ate, carrots were seen to offer the best protection against the disease.

Combine the carrots with anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, and you have a great soup that everyone will love!  Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Carrot Ginger Soup”

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Natural Protocols for Pain Management

Millions of Americans suffer from pain, making it one of the primary reasons people seek medical attention. The conventional approach to pain management often involves medications that carry many side effects and risks, such as GI upset, addiction, and impaired physical and mental functioning. Fortunately, there are natural options that can be very effective and have little to no adverse effects.

The foods you eat have the ability to trigger either pro-inflammatory chemicals or anti-inflammatory chemicals. Pro-inflammatory foods increase pain, swelling, and cellular damage. An increase in inflammatory chemicals has been associated with most chronic diseases including arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and various cancers. Anti-inflammatory foods are health promoting and protective to the body. Continue reading “Natural Protocols for Pain Management”

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Soothe Your Sunburn

I hope you all had a fun and safe Memorial Day. It was such a nice weekend around here, lots of sun and blue skies… but unfortunately it also led to sunburns for some of us who forgot to reapply sunblock after being in the water.

So what do you do if you forgot to apply sunblock, or didn’t reapply (a very important step in sun protection) and now have angry red skin? Here are some tips to help soothe your sunburn.

1. Take anti-inflammatory support supplement like Pathway Cox 2 Support. The pain from a sunburn is usually worst between 6 and 48 hours after sun exposure.

2. If your skin is not blistering, moisturizing cream may be applied to relieve discomfort. Store the moisturizing cream in the refrigerator between applications as the coolness will aid in comfort to your skin. Aloe Vera Gel is wonderful and soothing. Apply liberally! Continue reading “Soothe Your Sunburn”

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Blueberries: Small in Size, Big in Antioxidant Capability

Among fruits, blueberries have one of the highest antioxidant capacities. Like cranberries, blueberries promote urinary tract health. They have also been shown to support memory, balance, and coordination. Blueberries also support eye health by increasing circulation of the capillaries of the eyes, which reduces oxidation in these tissues. They also strengthen other capillaries, as well as arteries and veins. And, blueberries have anti-inflammatory properties.

In a recent study, blueberries were given to athletes to measure their health benefits. Because strenuous exercise acutely generates oxidative stress as well as an inflammatory state, it serves as a great way to test antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Subjects were given 250 g of blueberries per day for 6 weeks and 375 g 1 hour prior to 2.5 hour of running.

Twenty-five well-trained subjects were randomized into blueberry or control groups. Blood, muscle, and urine samples were obtained pre-exercise and immediately post-exercise, and blood and urine 1 hour post-exercise. Blood was examined for oxidative stress, cortisol, cytokines, homocysteine, leukocytes, T-cell function, natural killer (NK), and lymphocyte cell counts for inflammation and immune system activation, and antioxidant capacity. Continue reading “Blueberries: Small in Size, Big in Antioxidant Capability”

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