Foods That Fight Cancer

One of my favorite lectures during Nutrition School was by Dr. Fuhrman. He shared some amazing content regarding anti-cancer foods. I was so grateful to learn about foods that can help prevent cancer, since it’s such a rapidly growing health concern in our country. I’m going to share with you some of the highlights from his G-BOMBS lecture so you too can learn how to fight cancer with food!

Greens

  • Greens, especially leafy greens, are an essential part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet is severely lacking in green vegetables overall. How often a day do you find yourself eating green vegetables? Do you eat them with every meal?
  • Did you know that the majority of calories in green vegetables actually come from protein? Plant based protein is an important part of a healthy diet.
  • According to Dr. Fuhrman, “Leafy greens are also rich in antioxidant pigments called carotenoids, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin, which are the carotenoids known to promote healthy vision.  Also, several leafy greens (such as kale) and other green vegetables (such as bok choy, broccoli, and brussel sprouts) belong to the cruciferous family of vegetables.
  • All vegetables contain protective micronutrients and phytochemicals, but cruciferous vegetables have a unique chemical composition—they contain glucosinolates, and when their cell walls are broken by blending, chopping or chewing, a chemical reaction converts glucosinolates to isothiocyanates (ITCs)—compounds with a variety of potent anti-cancer effects.
  • Because different ITCs can work in different locations in the cell and on different molecules, they can have combined additive effects, working synergistically to remove carcinogens, reduce inflammation, neutralize oxidative stress, inhibit angiogenesis (the process by which tumors acquire a blood supply), and kill cancer cells.”

Beans

  • Beans help to stabilize blood sugar because they are very slowly digested. That means they also help you feel full longer and squash sugar cravings.
  • Beans are high in fiber which is important for digestion and can help lower cholesterol levels.
  • According the Dr. Fuhrman, “Eating beans, peas or lentils at least twice a week has been found to decrease colon cancer risk by 50%. Legume intake also provides significant protection against oral, larynx, pharynx, stomach, and kidney cancers.”

Onions

  • Onions, as well as other white vegetables such as garlic, have a cleansing effect on the body. They are known to fight diabetes as well as cancer.
  • According to Dr. Fuhrman, “Epidemiological studies have found that increased consumption of Allium vegetables is associated with lower risk of gastric and prostate cancers. These compounds prevent the development of cancers by detoxifying carcinogens, halting cancer cell growth, and blocking angiogenesis.
  • Onions also contain high concentrations of health-promoting flavonoid antioxidants, predominantly quercetin, and red onions also contain at least 25 different anthocyanins. Quercetin slows tumor development, suppresses growth and proliferation and induces cell death in colon cancer cells. Flavonoids also have anti-inflammatory effects that may contribute to cancer prevention.”

Mushrooms

  • Mushrooms are a truly superfoods. They help to boost the immune system, fight cancer, prevent DNA damage and are anti-inflammatory.
  • According to Dr. Fuhrman, “In one recent Chinese study, women who ate at least 10 grams of fresh mushrooms each day (about one mushroom per day) had a 64% decreased risk of breast cancer. Even more dramatic protection was gained by women who ate 10 grams of mushrooms and drank green tea daily—an 89% decrease in risk for premenopausal women, and 82% for postmenopausal women, respectively.”
  • If you don’t like eating mushrooms, you can always take a supplement to help boost your immunity and get some of the health benefits.

Berries

  • Berries are packed with health anti-oxidants. They are naturally low in sugar and high in flavonoids.
  • Berries are known to help reduce inflammation, fight cancer and reduce blood pressure.

Seeds

Be sure to check out Dr. Fuhrman’s article to read more on how G-BOMBS can improve your health!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Sore Feet Can Indicate Something More Serious

Most of us experience sore feet from time to time. Most of the time, it is simply from walking, standing or overuse of our feet for an extended time. However, it’s important to know that recurring sore feet can be a sign of something more serious. Here are a few of the health conditions associated with sore feet. Should you suspect you may be experiencing any of these conditions, please consult your medical professional as soon as possible.

Gout

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases notes that gout pain is caused by uric acid crystals that are deposited in joints and other areas, specifically your big toe. Typically, the pain and discomfort subsides after about 10 days on its own.

Some of the common triggers for a gout attack include: joint injury, infection, chemotherapy, crash diets/fasting, excess alcohol consumption, eating large portions of foods high in purine such as red meat or shellfish, dehydration and sweet sodas.

Nerve Damage

The Mayo Clinic lists peripheral neuropathy as one of the possible causes of painful/sore feet. This condition can cause weakness and numbness in your feet and burning or stabbing pain, and can be caused by traumatic injuries, infections or exposure to toxins.

Individuals with Diabetes can also experience numbness or tingling in the feet. If you suspect you may have Diabetes, it is extremely important to immediately contact your medical professional for testing.

Soft Tissue Tumors

According to Podiatry Today, “Soft tissue tumors may often be overlooked or mistaken as “simple lesions.” For example, ganglion cysts occur so frequently in the foot and ankle that it has often led to the careless assumption that every asymptomatic, soft, movable mass represents a benign lesion…Although rare, some “simple lesions” may actually represent a malignant process that goes undiagnosed until skeletal metastasis occurs or amputation is required.”

If you examine your feet and find any unusual bumps or lumps, it may be in your best interest to get a thorough examination to rule out cancer.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

About 8 million Americans have peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to the American Heart Association. In PAD, a fatty substance called plaque that builds up in the arteries in your legs, reducing the flow of blood to your lower legs and feet.

PAD can cause the muscles in your calves and other parts of your legs to cramp when moving. This condition can also lead to foot pain and poorly healed foot wounds. This disease is also associated with hidden damage to the heart and brain — which places those with PAD at much higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) develops when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks your joints, causing them to become painful and swollen. The symptoms of RA can include extreme foot pain. When caused by RA, the pain usually begins in your toes and later spreads to the rest of your feet and ankles. Over time, the joint damage caused by RA can eventually change the shape of your toes and feet. Foot pain can be one of the first symptoms of RA. If you suspect you may have RA, a medical professional may recommend medications, exercise and, in some cases, surgery.

So, if you find your feet are constantly nagging you, consider getting an evaluation by a professional to rule out something more serious. Your feet will thank you!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Ditch the Toxic Air Fresheners & Candles

As I am cleaning out my house I came across some old scented candles and air fresheners that I used to use before my holistic journey began. We no longer use them in our house because of all of the research I found that supports how dangerous the chemicals and fragrances they use can be for your family’s health.

My oldest daughter used to suffer from allergy induced asthma. The quality of the air in the house became very important to me. I started researching and found studies that suggested that long term use of scented candles and air fresheners can cause cancer, asthma and lung damage! How scary is that?

So what’s a healthier alternative to keep your home smelling fresh? We are coming up on the holiday season and I am sure none of you want to welcome your guests into your home unless it smells fresh and clean. In my house, I use Young Living’s Purification Oil. I diffuse it to cleanse the air of impurities and keep it smelling fresh and clean. Everyone who comes over always comments on how great my house smells. I highly recommend you check it out! If you would like more information on how to purchase this oil through a distributor, please feel free to send me a message.

Ginger Root…Good Stuff!

I LOVE ginger!!! It tastes and smells delicious and has so many amazing health benefits! It can be great for alleviating gastrointestinal issues, alleviating inflammation and it also has anti-oxidant properties.

When it comes to tummy troubles, ginger can be so helpful in getting things settled. It can reduce nausea, motion sickness, vomiting and dizziness. It’s also great for pregnancy morning sickness.

Ginger is a great natural anti-inflammatory. It has been used to reduce swelling and pain for centuries. Some studies have even shown that it can be effective in reducing colorectal and ovarian cancer cells! It has also been shown to boost the immune system.

I like to use my micro-grater and add finely grated fresh ginger to hot water or even using organic ginger tea. I also like to add it to Asian stir fries for a delicious added flavor and health benefits. Enjoy some ginger today!

 

Side Effects to “Dye” For…Let’s Talk Food Dyes

Food coloring…sigh…this is one of those food topics that infuriates me! Did you know that some countries actually ban the use of food colorings in foods because of the dangerous side effects associated with them? So why is it that food manufacturers like Kraft are willing to make safer, naturally dyed versions of their products but still serve Americans the more toxic counterpart that contains food dyes. It all comes down to the almighty dollar. If they can save a buck by offering us the less expensive, more toxic version of their products, then who gets hurt, right? Our children do, that’s who.

Recent studies have linked food dyes to a host of potential health problems, including cancer in animals and A.D.D. in children. In animal testing dyes have been linked to diseases like tumors of the bladder, kidneys, testes and immune system. Although the FDA has admitted that Red 40 and Yellow 5 dyes trigger hyperactivity and behavioral problems in some children, they are still allowed! Why? These provide no nutritional benefit and can only harm our growing children’s bodies!

These brightly colored foods have a strong visual appeal to our easily influenced children, making them a preferred choice when given the option. Offering our children dyed food like substances instead of healthy, nutritious whole foods is part of the reason why our society is in such an epidemic of disease and malnutrition. Spend your money wisely. Read labels. Every dollar you spend on a product containing food dyes is a dollar you are using to support the use of these dangerous, toxic products in our food supply.

The Importance of Exercise…We all Know We Should….Here is Why

There’s no denying exercise does a body good. It’s not just about looking good; exercise has some important benefits to your health that can keep you looking and feeling young and vibrant. It’s your own personal fountain of youth! Regular activity strengthens your muscles and improves your heart and lung function; it can also reduce your risk of many major diseases, stimulate the growth of new brain cells, and add years to your life expectancy. Studies show just 30 minutes of physical activity on most days is all that’s required to reap big benefits.

The following are some of the many benefits exercise has for your health:

  1. Reduce asthma symptoms. Upper-body and breathing exercises can reduce the need to use an inhaler in mild cases of asthma.
  1. Lower your risk for cancer. Exercise helps move waste quickly through the gut, lowers insulin levels and helps regulate hormone levels, which may help reduce the risk of colon, breast and prostate cancer.
  1. Prevent heart attacks. Not only does exercise raise “good” HDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure, but new research shows it reduces arterial inflammation, another risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.
  2. The fountain of youth. Brisk walking or cycling can boost the amount of oxygen consumed during exercise. Improving your aerobic capacity can add years to your life. It has been said that aerobic exercise may also stimulate the growth of new brain cells in older adults. BREATHE!
  1. Regulate blood sugar. Exercise helps to control weight and increase the cells’ sensitivity to insulin which helps maintain a healthy blood-sugar level. Even brisk walking can significantly cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. So get out and get moving!
  2. Reduce infections. Workouts can increase the capacity of immune cells which can temporarily boost the immune system. Have you ever noticed that people who exercise regularly typically tend to get sick less than those who don’t?
  1. Reduce stress. Regular aerobic exercise reduces stress hormones. For some, it can even help relieve depression as effectively as antidepressant medication. It’s a natural mood booster and a great outlet for relieving stress! Bad day at work? Take it out on the punching bag!
  2. Live a longer, more vibrant life. Studies have shown that being active cuts the risk of premature death by about 50 percent for men and women. It’s no surprise that when your body is active and healthy, you live a longer, more enjoyable life!