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Vitamin D and breast cancer have several compelling connections: RN Camille Lawson tells you what you need to know about protecting yourself from the risks. Breast health is something that is always on our minds. Many women have heard the statistics and they’re afraid of getting breast cancer. The statistics are pretty alarming, frankly. Vitamin D has now been linked with the spread of breast cancer and its incidence. Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer who also have a Vitamin D deficiency (below 40 ng/ml in their blood) have been...read more
Exciting new research from Spain1 has shown that women who ate a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil showed a 68% reduction in risk for malignant breast cancer. This landmark new study had us wondering, how do you get more olive oil in your diet? Women on the Predimed plan were instructed to add 3 tablespoons of the oil to their diet a day. Here are five ways you might enjoy getting your daily dose. Cook brightly-colored vegetables in extra virgin olive oil. There is evidence that cooking orange, yellow and red...read more
With the warmer weather here many of us will be out hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping. Nothing can put a damper on these fun summer activities like contracting an untimely infection. Bacteria are present everywhere – in our food, soil, and even our bodies. Some bacteria are beneficial, such as those that are normal inhabitants of our bodies, also known as our microflora, and others are harmful and can cause infection and disease. Certain bacterial infections tend to spike during the summer months, namely food borne illness and urinary...read more
Omega-3 fatty acids are popularly known for their heart health benefits. Numerous studies have shown that these beneficial fatty acids can help reduce triglycerides, calm inflammation and help prevent clotting – important attributes for prevention of heart disease. However, the benefits of omega-3s extend well beyond the heart to the joints, skin and brain. When it comes to brain health, omega-3s are integral to the development and maintenance of the brain as well as preservation of cognitive function and memory as we age. Omega-3 fatty...read more
When you hear the word ‘diet’ you likely think of weight loss first and foremost. However, in a broader sense a diet is an eating regime designed to help you solve a problem, whether that problem is an excess of weight, unbalanced hormones, or even joint pain. So think of this anti-inflammatory diet in that sense: not something to help you lose weight (although you might) but rather to help you lose pain. To better understand how certain types of food help reduce inflammation, it helps to understand the body’s inflammatory...read more