Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Part 1

In my previous blogs I described all the wonderful foods you can consume to support your anti-cancer diet. Here I will highlight some additional anti-cancer tips that should guide you whether you are a cancer survivor or looking for cancer-prevention and wellness strategies. 

A Shopper’s Guide to the Dirty Dozen
I mentioned the importance of eating clean food in one of my previous blogs – according to the Environmental Working Group guidelines, below is the ‘dirty dozen’ – a list of produce that tends to ‘soak up’ more potentially carcinogenic pesticides. So it’s important to note that when purchasing the items below, only buy organic. Studies have shown that organic produce provides significantly greater levels of vitamins and minerals and antioxidant phytochemicals (anthocyanins, flavonoids, and carotenoids). 

Strawberries
Spinach
Kale
Nectarines
Apples
Grapes
Peaches
Cherries
Pears
Tomatoes
Celery
Potatoes

Here’s a list of produce that are clean...

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Cancer Fighting and Prevention Diet (Part 4)

7 Super Seeds for a Healthy Diet

In part 3 of my anti-cancer diet series, I highlighted the benefits of nuts for fighting and preventing cancer. In this blog, I’ll share the powerful benefits of seeds and why they are the superfoods we should all be consuming as part of our daily diet.   

Seeds are packed with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties – they contain a host of vitamins (A,B,C,E) and minerals (magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, selenium, manganese), plus high levels of essential fatty acids and amino acids. Here are my top recommendations:

Apricot Seeds (Kernel)

Studies have known that the active compound in apricot kernels, known as B17, amygdalin or laetrile, demonstrated anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Apricot kernels also have high levels of vitamin E, pangamic acid (vitamin B15) and a half cup gives you 14 grams of protein and only 4 grams of net carbohydrates (10 grams of fiber). They taste and look like almonds – here’s one to...

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12 Superfood Spices and Herbs that Fight Diabetes

In the first of a multi-part series, I’m going to share strategies to fight or prevent Type 2 diabetes. In this blog, I’ll highlight the anti-diabetic activity of some common herbs and spices that have been more widely studied. The major effects noted were a reduction in hyperglycemia, reduction in hyperlipidemia, and regulation of insulin secretion.  Here is the list along with easy ways to incorporate these superfoods into your diet:Anise – Anise seeds are rich in phenolic compounds like apigenin and luteolin and have been shown to possess potent anti-oxidative and diabetic properties. I rarely use this herb for cooking but prefer to consume it in a tea form – here’s one to try:Celebration Herbals Organic Herbal Tea Caffeine Free Anise SeedBasil – The high polyphenol and flavonoids content showed a strong positive correlation for slowing the digestion of carbohydrates and delaying glucose absorption, resulting in a smaller and slower rise in blood glucose levels. I love using fresh b...

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Risk Factors for Diabetes and How Functional and Oriental Medicine Can Help

This blog is a summary of a chapter written by Dagmar Ehling (Licensed acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine) on the risk factors for diabetes and integrative approaches to prevent or manage it. This was published in 2017 in her book Anticipation and Medicine which makes the case for transition from episodic care and reliance on reactive treatment to anticipation-informed healthcare.This fascinating chapter had a wealth of detail on the risks leading to diabetes and also on the pillars of Oriental Medicine that define treatment. If you’re interested in reading the chapter in its entirety, check it out here.Obesity is defined by the National Institutes of Health as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, which is equivalent to being overweight by 30 pounds. Diabetes is defined as having fasting blood glucose of higher than 126 mg/dL or a Hemoglobin A1c of 6.5% or higher.Complications and risk factors for diabetesDiabetic retinopathy leading to blindness, neuropathy, stro...

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More Superfoods to Help Fight Diabetes

If you have diabetes or prediabetes, your doctor will likely recommend that you see a dietitian to help you develop a healthy-eating plan. The plan helps you control your blood sugar (glucose), manage your weight and control heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high blood fats. In fact, a diabetes diet is arguably the best eating plan for almost everyone, as it’s naturally rich in nutrients, low in fat and calories, and includes lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Here are five more everyday superfoods that are extraordinary for controlling glucose, insulin and staving off/managing Types 2 diabetes. And even if you don’t have diabetes, you should look to incorporate these key elements in your daily diet for a healthy lifestyle. Beans Beans are a superfood packed with protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber to keep you satiated while stabilizing blood sugar levels and minimize cravings. They are nutritious, versatile and inexpensive – hard to say no unle...

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Dr. Jason Fung: Fasting as a Therapeutic Option for Weight Loss

Dr. Jason Fung is a nephrologist and expert in the use of intermittent fasting and low carbohydrate diets for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. I’ve listened to over half a dozen of his webcasts and have always been impressed by his professionalism, as well as his evidence-based non-drug approach to treating diabetes. This presentation, delivered at the CrossFit Health Conference in 2018, shares how he has shifted his medical practices with alternative treatment methods as the traditional medical recommendation of drugs and dialysis did not produce the desired outcomes for his patients. His presentation objectives included: Understanding why long-term weight loss is so difficult;Introducing the concept of therapeutic fasting; andHighlighting some myths and misunderstandings associated with the fasting process. The modern eating pattern as Dr. Fung categorized it emerged in 1977 with the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (the US Food Pyramid). This changed the eating f...

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Natural Ways to Heal Your Gut

I recently listened to an interesting podcast on inflammation and the gut offered by Dr. Elena Villaneuva at Modern Holistic Health. In one of their materials for the masterclass, they outlined the importance of gut function and how chronic inflammation leads to various diseases.
Here is a short summary:

Why is the gut so important to our health? Our gut not only digests food but makes the brain’s neurotransmitters and impacts 70-80% of our immune system. Proper digestion by our gut is necessary to break down food and absorb the nutrients. If you experience poor digestion like upset stomach, gas or bloating after a meal or from eating fats and carbohydrates, your gut is telling you it’s not functioning optimally.

Your brain sends signals to your gut and has the ability to influence the intestinal microbiota. In the same way, the gut has the ability to influence brain and behavior. A perfect example is having butterflies in your stomach when you’re nervous. So the good bacteria in yo...

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