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October Is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Nutritional Changes Can Make a Difference.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

October Breast Cancer AwarenessCancer is a disease that we all wish didn’t exist. It ravages the body and the lives of those around the sufferer. No one can predict who will and who won’t get cancer, but one way that you can reduce your risk of certain kinds of cancers is through watching your nutritional intake.

You are what you eat. Even when you are young, eating poorly will eventually catch up with you. Eating a natural diet not only helps your body by boosting your immune system, it also keeps the body operating in good condition on the inside.

One cancer that is a big concern these days is breast cancer. Besides having yearly mammograms when you turn 40, women can also make nutritional changes to lower their risk.

These changes include adding more of the following to your diet...

Fruits and Vegetables:

One way to do that is to eat more fruits and vegetables. These foods contain complex carbohydrates as well as other substances like antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body. Free radicals are by-products of cellular metabolism. They also come from the environment, second-hand smoke, foods and stress.

These particles bombard the organs and cause the signs of aging and the breakdown of body systems that can lead to diseases like cancer. Here are some types of fruits and vegetables that are particularly good for fighting cancer:

  • Cruciferous veggies - These are your broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. They contain sulfur compounds that help fight cancer.
  • Alliums - This is a type of vegetable family that includes onions, garlic and leeks. They may make you cry when you cut them, but they are good for you. Garlic helps lower cholesterol. All of them contain antimicrobial properties. In addition, they can slow or retard cancer growth.
  • Berries - Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are just a few of these fruits that contain lots of antioxidant substances. Antioxidants can increase your resistance to disease as they help your body fight back. Consume as many antioxidants as you can naturally. These and other fruits contain phenols, which help boost the immune system.

Soy:

Soy is a form of plant protein. When it comes to protein, we often get the bulk of it from animal sources. The disadvantage of this is that animal meat also contains a lot of fat. It is the fats that we don’t need. Soy provides all the benefits of lean protein without that added fat.

Legumes and Nuts:

This group includes beans, lentils and peanuts. Legumes are rich in protein and low in fat. Beans are also high in fiber which flushes fat out of your system as it passes. Fiber also prevents constipation and helps your digestive system to function properly. Nuts contain protein and fat. Healthy fats and oils in nuts are crucial for your body’s cells.

While no one can predict cancer in any one person, you can reduce your risk significantly with a healthy diet.

To learn about our Women's Health Program featuring The Body FocusCancer Smart Diet & Fitness Plan give our office a call.

 
Healing Humor - Laughter Can Help
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

eating-appleHave you ever heard that laughter is the best medicine?

Actually it is. Laughter therapy teaches people to get in touch with their feelings through humor.

Now, it's a given that all situations in life are not funny. In fact, when you are seeking therapy, it is usually for something serious that needs to be dealt with so that you can continue to live your life. In this case, laughter is used as a means to an end and not as a way to make light of your situation.

Let's look at the anatomy of laughter. What happens when you laugh? First of all, your abs start to hurt (not a bad thing if you are trying to tone them in addition to other things). That is a sign of a deep belly laugh, a "side splitter" as they call it.

But what about after you stop laughing and catch your breath? You feel better. Laughter releases those endorphins in the brain, the body's natural "mood enhancers." You wipe the laughing tears and your eyes seem a little brighter. If something was bothering you, it's no longer taking over your entire thought process.

Laughter is used as a gateway in therapy. As a child or according to sex, we are often told to stifle certain feelings - anger, sensitivity, sadness; the list goes on. When these feelings are stunted, they don't simply disappear from our emotional repertoire. They get buried deep. Repressed feelings have been the subject of more than one psychological dissertation.

More and more, professionals are beginning to realize that repressed emotional states affect the body, not just the mind. You could be crippling your physical and emotional wellbeing when you don't express what you are feeling inside. But, you need a non-threatening environment to do so.

That is where laughter therapy can help. Let's say that from a young age you were told that angry feelings lead to violence. For so long, you have repressed anger and it has led to ulcers and more than one broken relationship.

Through laughter, you can get in touch with that anger. Your therapist can use humor to help you deal with a situation that angered you. Since you are still probably not ready to express anger, laughter can be the way to get you to release that anger in a controlled environment. With the laughter come tears, anger, fear and all the other emotions we try to hide. Humor helps you see your problems from a different perspective, which breaks down barriers needed to proceed with the therapeutic process.

How can you encourage laughter even after the therapy session? Watch a funny show or read funny comics or stories on a regular basis. The more you enhance your mood, the more you will strive to experience humor to help you deal with the other emotional states in your life.

 
Time To Detoxify Your Body
Sunday, 15 August 2010

Time to DetoxifyEver wonder why your body sometimes feels sluggish yet you're not sick? You try to be energetic and get outside to do something productive but your body is just not up to it. To address the problem, you resort to gulping up cups of coffee, eating more or maybe taking a cigarrette, thinking it'll make you more lively afterwards. For a while, you feel good; unknowingly though, you're accumulating toxins in your body. With this scenario happening more and more, you might need to detoxify!

What are toxins?

Toxins are agents that are able to cause body harm. There are two kinds of toxins, the Exogenous or external toxins and Endogenous or internal toxins. The Exogenous toxins come from external sources such as car fumes, tobacco smoke, drugs, factory pollution, etc. On the other hand, the Enogenous toxins come from viral or bacterial infection. Due to metabolism, the body creates its own toxin called Autogenous toxins.

These harmful substances are eliminated in the body in a process called Detoxification.

Detoxification is the removal of stored toxic products from the bowel, the blood, liver, and kidneys including the great amount of toxic substances stored in body fat. Naturally, the body detoxifies itself all day. The peak of detoxification occurs when the body is rested during sleep until noon. This is a way for the body to eliminate the toxins acquired from pollution, stimulants and nutrients. Unfortunately, this natural process becomes overloaded trying to keep up with the demands our lifestyle and environment puts it through.

Fortunately, we can assist this natural detox process. The easiest way is with a natural food detox program which transitions to what I call a smart eating program designed to change your diet from poor to healthy by incorporating only organic lean meats, fruits and vegetables.

For the ever busy people, you can substitute stimulants with natural food choices to acquire a healthy and active body. The most common stimulants to be substituted are refined white sugar, coffee, diet pills, cigarettes and red meat.

Here are some suggestions:
Sugar has a stimulating effect. Hence, we feel invigorated when we drink colas. What we do not know, refined white sugar has detrimental effects on the body. Examples of products containing refined white sugar are cola and ketchup. It is advised to cut down on it by using brown sugars like cane sugar which is natural. Fruit juices also give the same kick as to refined white sugar.

Late night workers resort to drinking coffee to keep them awake. As natural substitute to coffee with a detoxifying effect is Japanese or Chinese green tea. The Japanese or Chinese green tea gives the same kick because it also contains caffeine but it does not contain substances that are irritating to the stomach.

Diet pills are also stimulants for the body to be kept alive. This may be observed among athletes specially, during time for competitions because they give more energy. They are being taken albeit the toxic effect in the body. In lieu of this, athletes must take fruits instead due to their natural detoxifying effects.

For cigarette smokers who think smoking stimulates their mind to think, they must think twice for smoking causes cancer. If they take carrots, they will experience the same effect in a more natural way.

For red meat lovers who really feel good and strong after feasting on said food, they better think about cutting on it. Fish is a better substitute.

Here are a few more ideas to help you remove toxins from your body:

#1 - Drink water. Drinking plenty of fresh, natural water will help your body rid itself of built up toxins. Try to avoid drinking sodas and sugary juices which can make the problem worse and instead stick to water as your drink of choice. And remember coffee and tea can dehydrate the body and undo all the good work, so drink an additional glass of water for each caffeinated drink you consume.

#2 - Exercise. Exercise is one of the best ways to remove toxins from the body. We all need to move and vigorous exercise will not only help you feel good but you'll also build a healthy body and mind. In the process you'll clean toxins out of your system through sweat. click here for our cardio training tips.

#3 - Use the sauna. Many believe that saunas have a similar effect in clearing toxins as exercise. It's not for everyone but may be worth a shot. Don't use the sauna for prolonged periods and ensure that it's okay with your medical practitioner.

#4 - Eat fiber. Eating plenty of whole natural grains and vegetables ensures that our bodies get enough fiber. The toxins in your system will bind to these toxins and be swept out of your body on a regular basis. Eating plenty of fiber is one of the best ways to rid yourself of toxins and create better all around health. This means healthier skin too.

#5 - Eat fruits and vegetables. Both are high in fiber which is great for the body but also contain a high antioxidant count. Antioxidants help the body relieve itself of toxins. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will mean and healthier you.

#6 - Avoid junk. Junk can be found in fast food, pre-packaged foods and microwavable meals. These types of foods contain added preservatives and chemicals which are harmful to our bodies and can make skin conditions worse. Avoid these junky foods and instead opt for whole, natural foods as much as possible.

#7 - Try a therapeutic total body detox. Many experts believe that a detox diet can help rid of the body of excess toxins while reducing overall body fat. The Body Focus Cleanse21 Therapeutic Detox combines real food with nutritional supplements such as a probiotic, immunity booster and an organic greens and fruit blend. Developed by Dr. Steven Nelligar, this 21 day program is a great option for anyone who is looking to jump start their wellness or weight loss plan and should be repeated every 4 months to keep your body functioning at its optimal level.

Toxins are unfortunately all around us. Many natural health experts believe that it's the build up of these toxins in our bodies that lead to ill health and conditions colon disease. Therefore, by removing these toxins we can create a more healthy body.

 
Acne Skin Care
Sunday, 01 August 2010

Acne Skin CareAcne is defined as a diseased condition of the skin that involves the hair and oil glands. It is characterised by pimples, black/white heads, reddishness and cysts. Face acne can spoil your appearance to a great extent and body acne can really ruin your day by making you very uncomfortable. Considering acne as a minor problem, some people tend to totally discard the topic of ‘Acne skin care'. However, the importance of acne skin care cannot be undermined in any way.

This type of skin care is more about being proactive than reactive and should really start long before the acne actually appears. So let's take a look now at how acne skin care can be applied to our daily routine.

Acne skin care starts with the most basic thing - cleanliness...so morning showers are the most basic way of keeping your skin clean. If you are living in a hot and/or humid place, a night shower becomes a must. In fact, a shower is recommended after any activity that causes high levels of sweat to develop. It's a very effective acne skin care technique.

Besides that, you should also use a mild, water-soluble, oil-free and soap-free cleanser for keeping your face, neck and arms clean. Cleansing is the most important part of any acne skin care routine. Cleaners are the easiest and the most effective way of removing dirt, grease, pollutants and excess oil from your skin; thus reducing the probability of acne occurrence. There are various acne skin care creams and lotions available over-the-counter. It is also recommended to remove your make up using a make up remover, and this should happen before you go to bed (not in the morning). In the same sense, if you are a woman, it is also recommended that you clean your make-up brush and any equipment that you use on your body.

Acne skin care is also about wearing clean clothes and sleeping on clean pillows. Moreover, too tight clothes can cause sweat to accumulate quickly; so soft and comfortable cotton clothes are recommended, especially if you already have acne. In the same sense, ‘acne skin care' also advocates regular cleaning of your make-up brush and any equipment that you use on your body.

If you already have acne, do not try to touch them or squeeze them; it can lead to permanent scars. There are various acne skin care creams and lotions available over-the-counter;however, if these ‘acne skin care' tips don't give you the desired results, you can contact our office for specific acne advice and treatment.

 
Top Cardio Exercises
Wednesday, 14 July 2010

sneakersWith the weather now warm, everyone's getting going. This is a great time to step up your fitness regimen with more cardio workouts. What can you do? Well, here are some of the top cardio workouts to get your heart and lungs in shape.

Cardiovascular fitness is important. Heart disease doesn't just affect the heart but the vessels of the body as well. Peripheral vascular disease can lead painful joints and fluid retention in the tissues - or worse. The best way to keep this from happening is to keep the body healthy.


If you are looking for cardio exercises, here are some options:

Aerobics - Like the name says, it uses oxygen to improve your fitness level. As you get better, you will lower your heart rate and blood pressure while increasing your oxygenation throughout the tissues. That means less lactic acid build-up in the muscles, which causes cramps. But aerobics is a general name for several types of activities such as kickboxing, dancing, step aerobics and more.

Bicycling - This can be done outside or inside. When done inside it is called spinning. This is a low-impact, high-energy workout that takes you up and down hills by adjusting the tension on your bike. Music keeps you moving even when your legs want to give out. Outside, you can bike trails and even go mountain biking. To get the most out of your workout, choose the appropriate bike for the terrain. Wear light breathable clothing, a helmet and comfortable shoes.

Swimming - Unfortunately swimming does more for men in the way of a weight-loss exercise than it does for women. It doesn't heat your body up enough in the cold water to burn fat, but it does give you an excellent cardiovascular workout. We are not talking about doggie paddling here. Swimming freestyle, backstroke and butterfly laps all require power and good lung capacity. You will increase your ability to swim further and faster with practice.

Jogging - Jogging is a cross between running and walking fast. For those who have trouble with their knees and can't stand the impact, you can get the same jogging workout on the elliptical trainer. It increases your heart rate, uses the arms and all without wear and tear on your joints.

Walking - This is one of the best overall exercises. You can walk up hills, down hills, over rough terrain and on flat surfaces. Pumping your arms increases the involvement of your heart and lungs. Anyone can do it at any age. It strengthens your entire body and burns calories.

Are you looking for a way to increase your cardiovascular fitness and still have fun? Try some of these exercises to get started.

 
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