#1 Increased Cancer Risk..Obesity

The number one increased risk for cancer is obesity.. yes you heard that right!

Having lean muscle and less fat tissue is the goal to decreasing your risk for cancer. Limit how much processed meat and red meat you eat and make most of your meals revolve around vegetables! When it comes to exercising, make sure you regularly work out– at least 3 times a week to reduce your risk.

Obesity is associated with increased risks of esophagus, pancreas, colon, breast, endometrium, kidney, thyroid, gallbladder, as well as other cancers. Obese people most likely have increased levels of insulin in their blood which may promote tumor growth. Fat tissue also produces excess amounts of estrogen. One study estimated that if current trends continue, obesity will lead to approximately 500,000 additional cases of cancer by 2030.

What does this mean to you and your family? What kind messages can dietitians, nutritionists, and those in the health industry do to prevent this?

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Tip of the day: “Be as lean as possible throughout life without being underweight”

Obesity is clearly linked to breast cancer in postmenopausal women, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus, and cancers of the colon, rectum, uterus, kidney, and pancreas. Evidence is also showing that obesity is linked to cancers of the gallbladder, liver, cervix, and ovary.

Main ways to reduce your risks of developing cancer are maintaining healthy body weight through physical activity and diet as well as obviously holding back from tobacco. People who maintain a healthy weight have a lower risk of cancer than those who have gained and then lost weight.. this is why children need to be educated of healthy eating at a young age! However if you are already overweight, it’s still worth it to lose that weight because your chances of developing cancer still are lowered.

So keep all of these helpful tips in mind the next time you reach for fried foods or sweets.. it pays to eat healthy!

Source: Nutrition Action; Still Not Getting It? 10 Messages That Don’t Seem To Stick; June 2012

Fasting 2 Days A Week Preventing Dementia

I have a read a lot of articles about fasting and detoxes, but how often do people do this? A new study has shown that fasting two days a week – involving 500-800 calories during these days – has been shown to help lower your risks of cancer, diabetes, help lower inflammation levels, and protect the brain as well.

Fasting has been a common medical treatment in the past and now new research suggests there may be good reason for this method to come back into the picture. It seems to trigger all different healthy hormonal and metabolic changes. Researchers have known that cutting back animals’ calories over an extended period can make them live up to 50 per cent longer but it’s been harder to prove benefits in humans because few people can stick to this restrictive regimen.

Fasting days involve eating between 500 and 800 calories. This intake appears to cause a drop in levels of growth-factor, a hormone linked with cancer and diabetes, as well as a reduction in ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in the blood. Meanwhile, free radicals — the damaging molecules linked to disease — are dampened down. Studies also suggest that levels of inflammation can fall. And now there is the suggestion that fasting protects the brain, too.

Last year researchers at Newcastle University reported that they had reversed diabetes in a small number of overweight people by putting them on an 800-calorie diet for eight weeks. It’s possible that eating small amounts of calories every other day, is not only more bearable, but may be particularly effective at getting diabetics’ blood sugar under control.

Comments? Questions? Thoughts?

Would you be willing to try to restrict your calorie intake for two days a week? I think I might have to test this out..
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2107299/Can-fasting-days-week-stop-dementia-It-sounds-far-fetched-scientists-think-slashing-calories-combat-host-illnesses.html#ixzz1nhRJvIfw

 

Reduce Your Risk For Developing Cancer Today!

Each year, the American Cancer Society estimates the numbers of new cancer cases and deaths expected in the united states in the current year and compiles the most recent data on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival. A total of 1,596,670 new cancer cases and 571,950 deaths from cancer are projected to occur this year. Find your way to create a new healthy lifestyle, by using some small tips below, in order to decrease your risk of developing cancer today.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, there’s quick tips to reduce your risk for developing cancer as well as losing weight in a healthy way!

1. Cut down on sugary drinks and energy dense foods. Include more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans into your diet.

2. Raise your physical activity status. This will not only help you maintain or lose weight, but also reduce your stress levels naturally!

3. Always check your serving sizes. Look at nutrition labels. It only takes small steps to developing a sense of your portion sizes!

4. Add only 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine every day! Think about how quick 30 minutes go! You can even accomplish this by watching television on breaks or walking on a treadmill while watching your favorite movie. Another option can be pumping up the volume on your speakers to your favorite music to get you going! Once you get moving you won’t want to stop.

5. Limit your consumption of red meats —  like beef and pork. Stick to lean meats and protein sources!

6. Limit your alcohol to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women. And no, it doesn’t count if you save all your drinks during the week to consume the drinks on the weekend in one night!

7. Try limiting your sodium consumption. Remember, anything processed, you should always check the labels for!

The New American Plate: Aim for meals made up of 2/3 or more of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, or beans and 1/3 or less of animal protein (meat)

Calorie dense foods pack on a lot of calories, are heavily processed, low in fiber, and high in fats and sugar. Some examples include fatty meats like sausage and prime rib, butter, margarine, potato chips, pretzels, french fries, cheeseburgers, sweets and pretty much any baked good. It’s important to limit these foods as much as possible! Remember, moderation is key… try not to make it a habit to eat a muffin every morning for breakfast, instead set a specific day for yourself so you have something to look forward to on that day if that’s what makes you satisfied.

  • Very Low Calorie-Dense Foods
    Includes most fruits and vegetables, skim milk and broth-based soups.
  • Low Calorie-Dense Foods
    Includes many cooked grains, breakfast cereals with low fat milk, low fat meats, beans and legumes, low fat mixed dishes and salads.
  • Medium Calorie-Dense Foods
    Includes meats, cheeses, high fat mixed dishes, salad dressings and some snack foods.
  • High Calorie-Dense Foods
    Includes crackers, chips, chocolate candies, cookies, butter and oil, bacon, full fat mayonnaise.

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