October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Put on your pink and head to the grocery store to add these six cancer fighting foods to your diet.
- Turmeric. Turmeric is a common spice that comes from the turmeric plant, which is grown India, other parts of Asia, and Central America. It contains the chemical curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties. You can add a dash of turmeric to rice to make a bright and colorful side dish.
- Green tea. Green tea has antioxidants that inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Researchers suggest that one cup of tea may become part of breast cancer treatment plans one day.
- Blueberries. Resveratrol, a compound found in blueberries, has properties that slow down breast cancer stem cell growth. Add them to your bowl of oatmeal for a healthy breakfast.
- Salmon. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and is considered a low mercury fish.
- Spinach. Spinach has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Carotenoids and glycolipids are two compounds found in spinach that inhibit growth in breast cancer cells.
- Walnuts. Walnuts have the highest antioxidant activity found in all nuts that are commonly consumed in the United States. Research suggests that walnuts may help reduce tumor growth.
Many parents would prefer opting for healthier alternatives for their children this Halloween season. Below is a list of healthy and fun treats to give to those trick-or-treaters on Halloween night that are bound to satisfy their sweet tooth.
- Try swapping out gummy worm packets with applesauce packs. Give those trick-or-treaters a quick and on-the-go treat to gulp down while they are on their way to the next house.
- Next, swap those Pixy Stix out for cheese sticks. Loaded with 20 percent of your daily recommended calcium intake and loads of cheese to string, this is a healthy go-to option for every trick-or-treater.
- Avoid giving out Swedish Fish and instead opt for organic fruit snacks. Swedish Fish are loaded with 23 grams of sugar, which is bound to give your little one cavities.
- Say no to candy bars this season and say yes to granola bars. Candy bars can be loaded with lots of sugars and fats that can lead to weight gain. Try choosing granola bars as an alternative.
- Skip the candy corn this Halloween season and instead give out pumpkin seeds. Candy corn contains artificial ingredients and sugars. Instead, try giving out pumpkin seeds this year and putting them into little decorative candy bags with other treats.
Did you know that one of out 5 Americans suffers from the flu every year? Here are five tips to avoid this nasty virus so you don’t get caught sniffling and sneezing:
- First and foremost, get a flu shot. The influenza vaccine is usually provided by your local pharmacy. It is advised to get your shot by the end of October because flu season peaks between November and March.
- Increase your vitamin C intake. Vitamin C strengthens your immune system and makes you less vulnerable to the virus. Orange juice, supplements, and leafy greens are all great sources of vitamin C.
- Wash your hands. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 15 seconds every time you leave the bathroom and touch communal surfaces.
- Keep your work area germ-free. Store disinfectant wipes in your office. Be sure to wipe down objects that are commonly touched, such as your phone, keyboard, and mouse.
- Quit smoking. People who smoke are prone to having serious responses to the flu than those who do not smoke. Quitting smoking is not only a preventive measure for you, but for those who are around you as well.