A Daily Food Guide to Prevent Cancer

Cancer has already claimed many lives and caused immeasurable grief to families all over the world. What’s painful is that cancer can be prevented if they only knew how. Controlling the food you eat and changing lifestyle practices that cause cancer can be a great start in your quest to fight it. So, here are some of the best anti-cancer food choices you can eat daily.

 

  1. Fruits and vegetables

These are nutrient-based food that boosts your immune system and lowers your risk of getting cancer. Choose organic crops that are grown locally because these usually does not contain harmful pesticides that may cause cancer as well.

 

  1. The right meat choices

Once again, choose organic. Organic livestock are given organic feed and has not been injected with antibiotics. Also, select lean meats like fish and chicken because these are healthier choices. Don’t eat meat more than you shoud, try to lessen the amount you consume daily and avoid red meat as much as you can. Lastly, lay low on consuming processed food as these can cause cancer too.

 

  1. Eat more fiber-rich food

Your whole grains, fruits and vegetables are the highest in rank when it comes to fiber content. Fiber or bulk helps in the passage of food through the body. It helps eliminate cancer-causing agents before it causes any serious damage.

 

  1. Drink more water

Drinking plently of water washes away harmful toxins and detoxifies your body for a healthier immune system. A stronger immunity can ward off cancer-causing elements and effectively deliver the nutrients that the body needs.

 

  1. Healthy oils

Choose unsaturated over saturated fats. How would you tell the difference? Unsaturated fats are fats that stay liquid at room temperature like olive oil for example. These are usually derived from plant sources. Also, choose food rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and tuna that can help reduce inflammation that may later on cause cancer in the body.

 

 

When you start eating healthy, you are getting one step ahead in fighting off this killer disease. Don’t allow cancer to ruin your life and the lives of your family. Motivate yourself to make healthier choices every time: right nutrition, exercise, lots of water, sleep and avoid smoking and drinking. If you value your life and want to avoid cancer at all cost, act now before it’s too late.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breast Over Bottle: 5 Reasons Why Mothers Should Start Latching Now

The journey to motherhood officially starts when a woman decides to bear a child or adopts one. However, the real challenge lies in providing for what is best for babies. When expectant mothers hear the doctor announced the time of the baby’s delivery or took home one through legal papers, that is when their lives took a turn from a straight path of one-life responsibility to a slow U-turn of taking another being on a car ride for a lifetime.

 

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 63 in 1,000 women worldwide gives birth, amounting to more than 3 million babies last 2014. The number of women who successfully adopted a child in the US alone is 614,000. CDC’s breastfeeding report card states that 79% of babies are being breastfed. However, only 27% of this are breastfed continuously up to the first year of life.

 

While it is true that the number of nursing mothers is on the rise, only few of these mothers continue to breastfeed their babies for as long as age 2. A study conducted in 2013 explored possible reasons why mothers do not continue breastfeeding in the long run. The following reasons for stopping include the following: 1) pain caused by breastfeeding; 2) ability of the baby to latch on; 3) concern about having not enough milk; and 4) breastfeeding in public.

 

Whether there are holes in the health education new mothers are receiving or the choice to prefer bottle over breast is personal, here are 6 reasons backed up by Science why mothers should start latching now:

 

  1. Reduced risk of developing breast cancer for mothers.

 

A research conducted by Boston University on the relationship of breastfeeding and developing breast cancer shows that those who are lactating has a reduced risk of developing triple-negative breast cancer, a more aggressive type of breast cancer and is the cause of mortality rate that is more than the usual.

 

Another study conducted in Spain found out that breastfeeding in a period of 6 months or more will lower the chance of the woman’s risk to develop breast cancer. In fact, an additional of 10 years in the life expectancy can also be attributed to breastfeeding.

 

  1. Protection for babies against intestinal disorders.

 

A protein present in breast milk called neuregulin-4 serves as the baby’s protection in the intestines against a fatal intestinal disorder called necrotizing enterocolitis, says a study conducted by a group of researchers led by Mark R. Frey, PhD in Los Angeles. This disorder holds a 30% mortality rate and survivors are left with shorter intestines and possible lifetime mode of nutrition through an intravenous line. This protein cannot be found in formula milk. In addition to this, breastmilk prepares the baby’s intestines for milk formula and solid foods in the future. It also contains substances which will help the baby fight numerous infections in the digestive system as well as promote growth of essential bacteria in the gut facilitating normal digestion process.

 

  1. Sucking can increase IQ points.

 

Breast milk contains fatty acids that improves the development of the baby’s brain. However, in order to get this advantage, researchers from London states that the baby must have a specific fatty acid gene that will process this. The gene is called fatty acid desaturase 2 (FADS2). Turns out, breastfeeding can increase IQ by 3-7 points.

 

  1. Complete nutrition for the baby.

 

Nursing mothers can let out a sigh of relief as breast milk comes with an ideal composition of essential nutrients needed for growth and development. In addition to this, absorption of these nutrients are maximized because breast milk is inherently easier to digest than formula milk.

 

  1. Pre-pregnancy figure and internal healing.

 

Every bit of sucking noises is equivalent to a lost calorie so it is easier for nursing mothers to get back to their pre-pregnancy shape. In addition to this, oxytocin is released because of breastfeeding. The function of this hormone is to promote contraction. Therefore, it can reduce the risk of bleeding and promotes fast recovery of the uterus.

 

 

 

 

References:

  1. cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/births.htm
  2. http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/s_seek.pdf
  3. http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/2014breastfeedingreportcard.pdf
  4. http://healthland.time.com/2013/09/23/why-new-mothers-stop-breastfeeding/
  5. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140916112915.htm
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  10. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/nursing-basics

 

A Guide to Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can occur in both sexes at any age, although mostly women suffer this condition more than men. Some can have it as early as their teens. Read on to earn more about osteoporosis: its causes, prevention and ways on how to diagnose this condition.

 

What is osteoporosis?

 

Osteoporosis or “porous bone” is a progressive disease of the bone described by a reduction in bone mass and density which predisposes a person to fractures that a simple fall can make. It can lead to changes in posture and limited mobility.

 

Causes of osteoporosis

 

  1. Estrogen deficiency

 

Estrogen, which plays a big part in bone growth and overall bone condition, when lacking can result in reduction of bone mass. Most common in menopausal women as estrogen levels go down dramatically.

 

  1. Lack of exercise

 

Immobility or inactivity can put you at risk for getting osteoporosis. Physical activity is essential to keep bones strong and healthy and prevents it from weakening.

 

  1. Family history

 

If a family member suffered this condition, it is likely that you will suffer the same fate. Osteoporosis is usually hereditary

 

  1. Alcohol drinking

 

Alcohol inhibits absorption of calcium and vitamin D in the body. When not enough calcium reaches the bone, it twnds to weaken and gradually deteriorate.

 

  1. Smoking

 

The toxins produced by smoking can greatly affect the health of your bones. It destroys the bones’ natural defenses against attacks from free radicals making it vulnerable to damage.

 

How to prevent it?

 

 

  • Weight bearing exercises to strengthen bones
  • Vitamin supplements of calcium and vitamin D to maintain healthy nones and prevent future fractures.

 

  • Stop smoking and limit the alcohol intake.
  • Exercise regularly and stop being a couch potato. Mobility can save you from getting this condition especially at an early age.

 

Tests to diagnose osteoporosis

 

  1. DEXA (Dual X-ray Absorptiometry) – measures total bone density of the spine and hips as a criterion for fractures that a person is at risk for.

 

  1. CT Scan (Computerized Tomography) - a procedure that uses x-rays and computer to determine density loss and can locate compression or fractures. It uses higher levels of radiation compared to DEXA Scan that is ideal for this kind of test.

 

 

Osteoporosis need not be a scary thing. Through early detection, it can be prevented from progressing into something worse. Eating healthy and modifying lifestyle practices can lower your risks of getting this dreaded disease.