GMO’s. You may have seen these three letters and wondered what do they mean. GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, and refers to food products that have been created by taking the gene of the plant or animal and reproducing it using technological means. Chemicals and additives are added to this process, as well as bacteria and viruses so manufacturers can mass produce food products. This method of food production has been deemed unsafe for people, and has resulted in contamination of foods and destruction of crops.
Trying to understand which foods are GMO can be a daunting task, especially with the abundance of information on food, nutrition and overall health. However, people are now taking a more proactive approach to learn how foods are produced, pay more attention to what they are putting into their body, and focusing on how to eat more wholesome foods that naturally produced. Listed below is a snapshot of some of the brands that are GMO -free.
Even though Spring arrives in a couple of days, I have noticed that some people are getting that “end of the season cold & cough” that they cannot kick. I wanted to share with you what my mom has given to me since I was a kid to help kick those annoying colds a bit faster or even prevent them. If you like the earthy spicy taste of ginger, you’ll love the simplicity of ginger root tea. Ginger is an ancient herb traced back to 5,000 years ago in Chinese, Indian, Greek & Roman cultures. It’s first use as a tonic came from the Chinese and Indians.
Let me recount the benefits of ginger root:
- Helps settle nausea, indigestion, bloating
- Colds, flu
- Motion sickness
- Menstrual cramps
- Anti-inflammatory for joints
- Lowers high blood pressure
The list goes on! It’s even speculated to suppress cancer cells.
How to make ginger root tea:
- Buy ginger root at your local supermarket
- Rinse and cut up into slices of your choosing
- Boil water
- Pour hot water and sliced ginger root into your mug or tea cup
Remember that ginger is a little spicy. You may want to start with three slices of ginger root and see how you like it. This tea will warm up your entire body and is great for chest colds. Lastly, there is the option to add lemon or honey.
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Scientific & History: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/
When it comes to eating healthy and starting an exercise regimen, the abundance of information can be overwhelming! Barrington, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, is here to help you be the better you through his #bethebetteryou self- improvement program. Please join the Office of Health Services to obtain more information on his program, as well as get a FREE fitness consultation after the presentation! More information can be found below. We hope to see you at this informative session on becoming a better you!
The new year has started and resolutions for a healthier lifestyle are underway. That may include going to the gym more often, incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet, cutting out sugar and other unhealthy carbohydrates, such as white bread and rice, or participating in yoga and meditation classes to reduce life’s daily stressors. You are feeling and looking better, have more energy, but then temptation strikes! Whether it is a birthday party, work events, weddings, tempting foods are all around us.
One of many tempting gatherings is taking place this Sunday- Super Bowl Sunday! From wings to nachos to pizza, these foods can be a dieters worst nightmare. Therefore, to prevent you from breaking the many wonderful habits you have developed in the new year, healthier food alternatives are available for you to make for your next party. To view these recipes, please click here. Remember, you can still enjoy the game while indulging in healthier, flavorful food.
The ball has dropped, signaling the start of a new year. The new year comes with reflection, a review of the past year, and a chance to set new, positive goals, whether it is to lose weight, reduce stress, travel, pick up a new hobby or learn a new language. Each of these goals will be specific and unique to the individual. The most popular goal of the new year tends to be lose weight, get in shape and/ or eat healthier, as evidenced by the numerous people at the gym this week. With all the different diets and information that bombards the media on a daily basis, it is hard to know where to even begin.
US News and World Report has put together a list of the top 5 diets of 2015 to help break down which one would work best for a person’s lifestyle and habits. The list can be found here. Although these diets have been named the top 5 of 2015, it is still important to check with your doctor about starting a diet program as medical history should also be taken into account. In line with losing weight, dropping pounds can help reduce a person’s risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks, all of which can reduce the stress on the body and joints.
A healthier you can be achieved with the right focus, determination and guidance!
On the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society promotes the Great American Smokeout. This day, which this year falls on November 20th, is intended to encourage smokers to focus on their health and make a plan to quit smoking. Tobacco use greatly increases a person’s risk for lung cancer, as well as deteriorates his/her overall health. Because of tobacco’s addictive qualities, quitting smoking can be very difficult, and often results in relapse. However, the American Cancer Society offers valuable tool, resources and support to help an individual quit successfully. These resources can be found here.
Quitting smoking reduces one’s risk for coronary disease, stroke, prevents aging, as well as cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus. With the advantages of ceasing smoking, the American Cancer Society would like to encourage you, a family member, a friend to take tomorrow to participate in the smoke out and utilize the day to focus on bettering your health, one day at a time.
What is Food Day? Food Day is a national event designed to help bring awareness to healthier eating habits, focusing on more nutritious, unprocessed foods as well as better food policies. With the obesity rate on the rise, there has been an increase in individuals suffering from diabetes, heart disease and other health problems. Due to people living busier lives, food has become more manufactured and packaged for convenience. Such foods can include numerous additives, chemicals and ingredients that can affect an individual’s well- being. The purpose of Food Day is to teach people how to incorporate and choose healthier foods in their diets, such as more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and leans meats, and take initiative of their own well- being. October 24th was established as Food Day so everyone can come together with the common goal of eating a healthier diet, becoming more physically active, as well as focus on improving food policies so nutritious food can be more affordable. There is also focus on working with farmers to provide more federal and government assistance so produce can be more organically produced without pesticides and chemicals.
With the proper knowledge and guidance, individual’s can begin the journey of developing a healthier lifestyle. If you would like to learn more about Food Day and how to start the process of eating clean and healthy, please click here. Each day is an opportunity to focus on your health and well- being so why not start today!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer can affect women and men, although there is a higher rate among women. Breast cancer is more treatable when detected early so it is important to do monthly breast exams, checking from collar-bone, to breast, and extending it into the arm pit to breastbone. If there is a history of breast cancer in your family please speak to your health care provider about scheduling a Mammogram. It is recommended that you get a Mammogram every year beginning at age 40, especially if it runs in your family.
Breast cancer is treated in several ways. It depends on the kind of breast cancer and how far it has spread within the body. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biologic therapy, or radiation. People with breast cancer often get more than one kind of treatment.
•Surgery: An operation where doctors surgically removes cancer tissue.
•Chemotherapy: Uses special medicines and/or drugs to shrink or kill the cancer cells. The drugs can be pills you take or medicines given directly into your veins, or may be a combination.
•Hormonal therapy: Some cancers need certain hormones to grow. Hormonal treatment is used to block cancer cells from getting the hormones needed to grow.
•Biological therapy: This treatment works with your body’s immune system to help fight cancer or to control side effects from other cancer treatments. Side effects are how your body reacts to drugs or other treatments. Biological therapy is different from chemotherapy. Chemotherapy attacks cancer cells directly.
•Radiation: The use of high-energy rays are used to kill the cancer cells. The rays are aimed at the part of the body where the cancer is found.
Health care providers from different specialty areas may work in conjunction to treat someone with breast cancer. Surgeons perform operations. Medical oncologists treat cancers with medicines. Radiation oncologists treat cancers with radiation.
Alternative Therapy Modalities for Treatment of Breast Cancer
Mind-Body Methods: Healing methods based on the belief that the mind affects the body’s response to cancer. These methods have been known to help reduce the side effects felt during cancer treatment. Tapping into the mind-body connection is reported as improving a person’s overall wellness which includes the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual states. The mind can work for or against you, depending on your focus.
Acupuncture: Acupuncture a traditional Chinese medicine approach and healing systems, are used for cancer treatment.
Nutritional Methods: Special diets and/or supplements may be used in the treatment of people with cancer. Cancer patients are sometimes prescribed Coenzyme Q10 and other Antioxidants.
Pharmacologic and Biologic Treatments
The use of clinical trials, experimental prescription drugs, vaccines, hormones, natural products (also called botanicals), and other biologic treatments are used in the treatment of people with cancer. Herbal extracts and other herbs are sometimes introduced into a treatment regimen.
WEAR SOMETHING PINK THIS MONTH AND/OR SUPPORT THE CAUSE AND FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER.
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Article by: Ketsia Glemaud, Edited by: Lilly Shmulevich
Photo by: TipTimes Courtesy of: Flickr Creative Commons
“Choose to Lose” program is back! If you want to lose weight, develop healthy eating habits, incorporate physical activity in your life, as well as obtain healthy recipes and weight loss tips, then please join the Health Services Office today, October 2nd, from 12:40-1:35pm, RM 210 Tuohy Hall, for a presentation on what the program entails.
Registration to participate in the program will also be taking place today from 10-4pm in RM 202. Participation in the program includes weekly weigh-ins, group discussions, exercise plans, as well as wellness events and information sessions. Choosing to change your lifestyle is not always easy; however, with the support of the Health Services Office, you can start your journey to living a healthier life.
More information about the program can be found on the flyer below. We hope to see you there!