The month of September is marked by our awareness of Ovarian Cancer, followed by Breast Cancer in October. As “Booming Women,” our concern for these two cancers with regard to prevention, supporting treatment, and reducing the possibility of recurrence does not require a calendar celebration but rather an awareness of choices we can make to address these concerns.
In the last decade or so, sleep researchers have identified associations between short sleep duration and both being overweight and weight gain over time.1, 2, 3 Numerous studies from a range of diverse populations have found that individuals who regularly receive sufficient restorative sleep have healthier weights than those who do not sleep enough. What are some of the reasons underlying these associations? In this blog post, I explore a few of the mechanisms through which we achieve these findings.
Many of us who consume garlic and onions as a traditional part of our diets are familiar with the lingering odor that remains in our mouths and on our breaths for hours after the meal is complete. What produces these odors are the unique sulfur compounds of the lily or Allium family, which includes onions, leeks, and garlic. In addition to the thiosulfinates, the best known is allicin. Garlic and onions also contain other health-benefiting phytonutrients. Among these are other sulfur-containing compounds including sulfoxides, such as alliin, and dithiins such as 1,2-vinyldithiin. In addition, garlic and onion also deliver powerful flavonoids that have potent beneficial effects on our health.
With the enduring summer heat and the abundance of fresh, nutritious offerings from the summer market basket, we need not stray from our commitment and intention to maintain our path to healing, health, and vitality as we negotiate dessert and its delightful iced offerings. In contrast to many commercially available brands, which are often burdened with unhealthy amounts of sugar and fat and also typically contain artificial dyes, flavors and preservatives to make them more appealing. These homemade frozen summer treats are made from simple ingredients and. when consumed in moderation, they are both delicious and nutritious. Indulge and enjoy!
By the time you get to your 60th birthday, you may have accumulated multiple injuries in life. A man is likely to have a sports injury, possibly to the knee, and a back injury or a shoulder injury. A woman is likely to have a neck or back injury, bone loss that makes her feel weak or caused a fall, and maybe even car accident injuries that still act up when a storm is coming into town.
Do you remember the “old days” when you had to be an elite athlete to be fit? Those were the days when people didn’t work out. Instead, they only observed athletes at events and would ooh and ah about what great bodies they had.
Summer’s bounty offers us so many health-promoting superfoods that it’s impossible to highlight any single one.
Our eyes, often referred to as our “windows to the world,” are the organs that allow us to see and explore the possibilities of the world around us. To achieve this function, our eyes, like the rest of our body, need to be nourished and nurtured to remain healthy. Unfortunately, it is not till we reach midlife or have matured to develop symptoms of decline that many of us become aware of the need to support and protect our eyes.
Plant foods contain thousands of different natural chemicals referred to as phytochemicals or phytonutrients. “Phyto” is, in fact, the Greek word for plant. Phytonutrients are actually part of a plant’s defense system, protecting it from environmental challenges including insects, fungus, and UV radiation. Plant foods rich in phytonutrients include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
It only takes one quick glance in the mirror for us to recognize the physical changes we are going through at this time of our lives. But beyond the image in the looking glass, I encourage us all to contemplate what is going on beneath the skin. The emerging aches and pains that many of us experience might be indications of inflammation and the degenerative joint and bone conditions known as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.