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Although much of cancer risk can be rooted in genetics, there are positive steps you can take to minimize your risk and help you fight back and recover faster.
If you smoke, Stop. Smoking is linked to more than just lung cancer. You may be surprised but according to the Mayo Clinic, smoking raises ones risk of cervix, bladder, esophagus and kidney cancers as well.
Eat a variety of healthy foods with cancer fighting nutrients. Most organic veggies and fruits provide nutrients that fight with oxidative damage and cellular inflammation that can lead one to tumor formation.
Exercise and do it regularly. Go on a brisk walk, bike around the neighborhood, swim daily at the local pool and activity that feels like a mini vacation and you will enjoy yourself at the same time.
Be smart about the sun. Catching a few rays is not only healthy, but it can actually help your body produce the valuable vitamin D you need to protect yourself from the various diseases, including breast cancer, ovarian, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancers. But know your skin type. About 10 to 15 minds of sun time without sunscreen or wide-brimmed hats and protective clothing is fine but don’t over do it.
With winter here. Dehydration is still a serious issue. The loss of too much fluid from your body, does not occur just during the hot days of summer and I think a lot of people don’t find themselves as thirsty when it’s cold outside.
Top Signs your body is Dehydrated:
Dry & Chapped Lips
Dry or Cracked Skin
Achy Joints and Muscle Cramps
Fatigue and Weakness
Some other causes of dehydration:
Bad breath, fever and chills, food cravings, especially for sweets.
Some drinks that can cause dehydration:
Alcohol, energy drinks, and even caffeine as it has a slight diuretic effect.
How to Check If You’re Dehydrated:
Check your urine. If you’re well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow, Higgins explains. Yellow, chardonnay, and orange are the “warning” colors to watch for. When your body is about three percent dehydrated your urine will be noticeably yellow. When your body is about five percent dehydrated, your urine will appear chardonnay-colored. When your body is more than five percent dehydrated – which is considered severely dehydrated – your urine will appear orange.
Tips for Staying Hydrated:
Keep your water bottle handy. “If it’s right next to you, you’ll likely get into the habit of sipping it without even realizing it,” says Sakimura.
Spice up plain water. “If you don’t love plain water, jazz it up by adding a splash of fruit juice or chunks of fresh or frozen fruit,” says Sakimura. “Or, try naturally flavored, calorie-free seltzers (my personal favorite) — their fizz and fruit flavor makes them more appealing than plain, flat water.”
Try different teas. Sakimura recommends reaching for unsweetened flavored teas, which are available in lots of different flavors. “Sip fruity iced teas during the day (with lots of ice if it’s hot out) or cozy up with a mug of hot peppermint or chamomile tea at night — they all count towards your daily fluid goal.”
Makeover your snacks. “Swap dry, carby snacks like chips, pretzels, and crackers — which have a very low water content — with refreshing munchies like fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, healthy smoothies, celery with peanut butter, and cut veggies with hummus,” recommends Sakimura.
Pile on the produce. “Aim to make half your plate produce at meals. All those vegetable and fruit servings will supply water as well as a hearty dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber,” says Sakimura.
Sip more during meals. “Sipping water with meals will help you eat more slowly, pace your eating, and of course stay hydrated,” Sakimura adds.
Opt for room temperature or cooler water. When it comes to fluids, steer clear of extreme temperatures. When ice water comes into the stomach it constricts the arteries surrounding the stomach, which help the stomach function properly and help with water absorption, explains Higgins. “Ice water will just sit in your stomach until it warms up. If you hear water swishing around in your stomach, it means the water is not getting absorbed,” says Higgins. Fluids that are cooler or room temperature are better options.
When it comes to total water intake, which includes water gained from foods and other beverages like tea and milk, the Institute of Medicine recommends that most women get about 2.7 liters of water a day (or about 12 cups), and most men get about 3.7 liters a day (or about 15 cups).
Garlic may not be able to ward off vampires, but it might keep the common cold at bay. British researchers found that people who took a garlic supplement suffered about 65 percent fewer colds compared to those taking a placebo. Plus, those in the garlic group who did come down with the sniffles recovered faster. One reason for these benefits, say the researchers, may be a compound in garlic called allicin that blocks the enzyme that plays a key role in bacterial and viral infections. Look for an enterically coated garlic supplement standardized to contain 4% allicin to ensure the herb’s beneficial compounds reach the bloodstream. Another bonus? The enteric coating also prevents the dreaded garlic breath that keeps many people from reaping this pungent herb’s health benefits.
Lavender oil smells lovely doesn’t it? It’s calming for the body, both physically and emotionally. Believe it or not but lavender essential oil that is very versatile. You can use it for so many things: relax before you sleep, use it for your next message or foot rub, disinfect cuts and scrapes.
Calm your mind: Having a stressful day? Simply inhale the scent to calm your mind. You may choose to place a few drops in your hands and inhale, or you can actually rub lavender oil right onto your temples for an immediate feeling of calm.
Get some sleep: If you have trouble sleeping, sprinkling a few drops of lavender oil directly onto your pillow will have you drifting off in no time.
Bee stings and bug bites: Put one drop of lavender oil right onto the sting or bug bite. This will combat itching and will reduce the swelling.
Minor burn pain: If you have a light burn, add a few drops of lavender oil. This will ease the pain and will get rid of the redness.
Disinfects: Lavender oil is an antiseptic, so it is perfect for cleaning wounds. Got a cut? Immediately put a little lavender oil on it. Not only will it disinfect, it will also help stop the bleeding. In fact, it is so good a stopping bleeding, you can also use it for a nose bleed. Just put a few drops on a tissue, wrap the tissue around a chip of ice, and then put this at the base of your nose until the bleeding stops.
Motion sickness, morning sickness, nausea: Lavender oil really is good for what ails you! No matter what is causing your nausea, be it motion sickness, morning sickness or a good old upset stomach, this works. To cure nausea, just put some lavender oil behind your ears, or one drop on the end of your tongue.
Dry skin and chapped lips: Just rub a few drops of this essential oil on dry skin or chapped lips and feel immediate relief! This goes for sunburned lips, too. Ahhh! Relief.
Dandruff: Dandruff can be ‘cured’ with lavender oil. Really! You just need to add a few drops to your shampoo and/or conditioner. Or you can choose to rub several drops directly onto your scalp. This works because it helps to alleviate the dry skin of the scalp, which is all that dandruff really is.
Hay fever: If you have hay fever, inhaling lavender oil right from the bottle, or from the palm of your hands, will get rid of symptoms. Or you can add a few drops to boiling water, place a towel over your head, and lean over the pan. Inhale the steam and breathe freely again.
Get rid of cold sores: Yes, that is right! A drop of lavender oil will actually make your cold sore disappear.
Enhance flavor: If you add a few drops of lavender oil to baked goods, chocolate desserts or even salad dressings you will really notice the flavors pop!