Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Should Drop the Hot Dogs to Fight Cancer

hot-dogsProfessional sports have some influence over the American public. The Philadelphia Flyers just introduced Gritty, the hockey team’s new hot-dog-loving mascot. Well, I have some news for Gritty: hot dogs don’t love you back. So skip Flyers Dollar Dog Night to protect yourself from colorectal cancer.

Hockey is no place for hot dogs. The World Health Organization says hot dogs and other processed meat – like pepperoni, bacon and deli meat – are “carcinogenic to humans” and major contributors to colorectal cancer. In fact, eating just one hot dog a day can increase cancer risk by 18%. Continue reading “Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Should Drop the Hot Dogs to Fight Cancer”

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Dinner Tonight: Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken-noodle-soupIt was bound to happen. Three weeks into the school year and I have a cold. I am doing everything to get better – drinking lots of clear fluids, resting as much as I can, taking immune-boosting supplements, washing my hands, and eating lots of nourishing chicken noodle soup. Chicken soup has been used for centuries to soothe symptoms associated with the cold and flu, most likely due to many nutrient- and antioxidant-dense ingredients it contains.

These ingredients often include polyphenol-packed onions, beta carotene-rich carrots, virus-fighting garlic, and, of course, chicken. Chicken is an excellent source of the compound carnosine. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Chicken Noodle Soup”

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Study: Good Sleeping Habits for a Strong Heart and Good Metabolism

sleeping-habitsA new study published in the journal Scientific Reports has found that good sleeping habits are important for heart health, as well as optimal metabolism. The study looked at sleeping patterns of 2,000 adults between the ages of 54 and 93 and found that those with irregular bedtimes tended to have a higher body mass index, higher blood sugar levels, higher blood pressure, and were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in the following decade than individuals with regular sleeping patterns.

This isn’t the first time a study has indicated that going to bed and waking up at the same time every day is important for health. Continue reading “Study: Good Sleeping Habits for a Strong Heart and Good Metabolism”

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Natural Support for Prostate Health

prostate-healthSeptember is National Prostate Health Month. It came about to increase public awareness of the importance of prostate health, help provide easily accessible prostate health screenings, educate about risk factors and symptoms of prostate related diseases, and advocate for further research on prostate health issues.

Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is a very common condition that affects many men over the age of 40. Symptoms include increased urinary frequency, nighttime waking to empty the bladder, and a weak stream during urination. Continue reading “Natural Support for Prostate Health”

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Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Lentil and Mushroom Ragu

lentil-mushroom-raguSometimes I just need a big bowl of pasta. To me it is the ultimate in comfort food and thanks to a variety of premade pastas, it can be on the table in less than an hour.

The star of this meal is the ragu. Ragu is usually a meat-based sauce with a small amount of tomato sauce added. This recipe uses lentils and mushrooms instead of meat, but don’t worry, it will still give you a very satisfying heartiness and flavor, plus loads more nutrition!

If you don’t want to use pasta, this would be just as good as a sauce on other things such as rice or a baked potato, or even polenta. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Lentil and Mushroom Ragu”

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