Massage therapy, or touch therapy, has been traced as far back as ancient and medieval civilizations. Primarily used as a healing technique to treat ailments and injuries, improve circulation, and release toxins from the body. It involves the manipulation of the superficial and deep layers of muscles and soft tissues of the body. Proponents claim that massage therapy can lead to reduction in pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. (more…)
Peaches have become a summertime staple in my house. They are perfect as a snack and can be easily eaten on the go. The best part, one large peach comes in at only 68 calories and 3 grams of filling fiber. They contain many beneficial nutrients, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Peaches are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, and important minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.
August is National Peach Month, which is something worth celebrating! Not only are peaches sweet, juicy, and my personal favorite fruit, but they also boast several health benefits. They are low in calories (only about 50-60 calories) and are a great source of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent inflammation. Peaches also are high in fiber, vitamin A, and potassium. Keep in mind that peaches are one of the foods that appear on the “dirty dozen” list, which means that they can be high in pesticides and are worth buying organic if you can. Here are a few ideas to use your (organic) peaches this summer! (more…)
Ah, behold the dog days of summer…
August has snuck up on us again and brings with it those high temps, that humid air — and a constant need for something refreshing, soothing, hydrating and, ideally, nourishing.
Well, thankfully, LifeIce is here to offer a perfectly bite-sized icy solution. (more…)
August 16th is the Wellpoint Foundation and American Cancer Society (ACS) National Cancer Screening Day. Wellpoint’s generous grant to ACS has allowed local community organizations and health centers in 14 states advance ACS’s efforts to increase awareness and education for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. The goal is to offer free cancer screenings to underserved populations. Cancer screening can help detect cancer at an early stage, often before symptoms present. Cancer screening should be routine for all people – if your doctor recommends a screening it does not mean he or she thinks you have cancer.
Preparing meals for a cancer patients is a stressful process: making healthy, appetizing foods that appeal to their changing tastes can be difficult.
Caregivers also have practice safe food handling in order to prevent food-borne illness. Believe it or not, it does not have to be overwhelming – there is an easy place to start! (more…)
July has been proposed as Sarcoma Awareness Month. To support this cause, we wanted to tell you a little more about this cancer. (more…)
Traditionally, the ketogenic diet has been used as an adjunct treatment to control seizures. However, as more oncology patients, researchers, and professionals question the relationship between cancer and sugar, the potential therapeutic benefit of the ketogenetic diet in oncology has become the topic of increasing research and debate. The scientific community is now learning about the diet’s possible tumor inhibiting effects although significantly more research is required before we fully understand the complex effects.
If I were to ask you what our largest organ is how many of you would guess the skin? Indeed the skin is the body’s largest organ protecting us against heat, sunlight, injury and infection which means that it too needs protection! As soon as we step outside our skin becomes susceptible to the sun’s rays. While it is true that we do need some sunlight in order to get adequate amounts of vitamin D this amount is very small (about 5 minutes per day). Sadly, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States- more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Some people are unaware of the sun’s dangerous effects or unfortunately they tend to neglect any knowledge they may have about sun safety. (more…)
When we hear the word bacteria, “healthy” is not what usually comes to mind. After all, we have dozens of products devoted to sanitizing and killing harmful bacteria that could potentially infect us. However, there are also strains of beneficial bacteria, called probiotics, that can be good for you gut and overall health! Often referred to as the “friendly” or “good” bacteria, probiotics are living, lactic acid-producing microorganisms that can be found both in fermented foods, like yogurt and sauerkraut, and in our digestive tract. When consumed, probiotics can survive and proliferate becoming part of your intestinal microflora where they work to maintain healthy digestion, boost immune responses, and even improve allergies. Additionally, regular consumption of probiotics prevents harmful bacteria from overpopulating, which can cause infection and inflammation. (more…)