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The Importance of Breast Self-Examination

7 Oct

A breast self-examination involves checking your breasts for lumps or changes. The reason women do breast self-exams is to learn what’s normal for their breasts. The best time to do a self breast exam is about 3 – 5 days after your period starts. The best way to perform a breast self-examination is lying down and lightly touch your breasts with your fingertips. Then press down your fingers gently yet firmly, using small circular motions to examine the entire breast. Look for changes or problems in the breast tissue. Even though you discover a lump in your brest it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cancer, but it’s important to see a doctor to be sure.  Breast cancer can occur at any age, though it is most common in women older than 50.  For further information I recommend the site www.breastcancer.org

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October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

6 Oct

125441145280Ag9hOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. People all over the world are wearing pink ribbons to honor survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and to support the progress we are making together to defeat breast cancer. It’s also a reminder for women of all ages to be aware of the importance to perform breast self-exams at least once a mont. About 40% of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women performing a regular breast self-exam. If you feel a lump in your breast don’t wait – see a doctor.  Mammograms can also help you to detect cancer.  Finding breast cancer early and treating it are the most important strategies in the fight against it. 

Blogs, websites, networks and social media pages around the world are turning the internet pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer!  It’s our way of helping out and spreading the word about breast cancer.

The Color of Vegetables Tells Which Vitamins and Healthy Substances They Contain

14 Jul

Did you know that the colors of fruits and vegetables tell you which unique vitamins and healthy substances they contain? Therefore you should choose colorful vegetables on your plate, this will make you’ll sure to take in a wide range of nutrients. Here are some examples of different colored vegetables and the nutrients they contain:

Green:

Green vegetables contain a powerful antioxidant called lutein. It promotes good vision and healthy skin. It may also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by slowing the narrowing of arteries. Therefore it’s recommended to eat vegetables like broccoli, spinach, green beans, asparagus, cucumbers, celery, peppers and artichokes.

Red:

Red vegetables contain antioxidants such as lycopene and anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory properties and promote healthy heart. Red vegetables are also brain boosters that support good memory. Researchers claim that they reduce the risk of cancer. It’s recommended to eat tomatoes, peppers and red onion to maintain good health.

Yellow and orange:

Yellow and orange vegetable contain vitamin C and several types of antioxidants. It has been shown that consuming  those vegetables helps to maintain a healthy heart and eyes. They contain antioxidant called carotenoids which slows arthritis and according to researchers reduces the risk of certain cancers, such as lung, stomach, bladder and breast. Bioflavonoids and vitamin C work together to strengthen the immune system. Examples of vegetables in this category are peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots and pumpkin.

White:

White vegetables contain nutrients that provide powerful immune boosting activity.  They are a rich source of many nutrients you tend to fall short on, like fiber, potassium, and magnesium. They also contain nutrients that is belived to reduce the risk of cancer in colon, breast, and prostate. In addition to all that they also help balance hormone levels, which reduces the risk of hormone-related cancers.

Purple:

Purple vegetable contain especially powerful antioxidant called flavonoid that is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease and have beneficial effects on memory. It has also been shown to lower the risk of cancer. This includes vegetables such as eggplant, purple asparagus and red cabbage.

Health Benefits of Ginger

19 Oct

Changing into a healthier lifestyle means that it is necessary to improve the diet with foods that are good for your health. One of those things should be Ginger. There are many health benefits from consuming this powerful herb. For centuries ginger has been used to make remedies for many physical ailments.

Many researches have been made to confirm the wide variety of effects that ginger has on the human body. The findings show that ginger can be used in treatment of diverse ailments such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Flu, Cold, Couch, Soar Throat                                                            
  • Headache, Migraines

  • Heart Problems
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Diabetic
  • Stomach Upset, Morning Sickness, Diarrhea
  • Motion Sickness
  • Ovarian Cancer and Colon Cancer Prevention

For further information:

http://www.motleyhealth.com/diet-and-nutrition/ginger-and-garlic-natures-medicines

http://www.healthdiaries.com

Pink Ribbon Day – for those who have breast cancer and their loved ones

12 Oct

Pink Ribbon Day.

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