March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

colonColorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.”

Colon Cancer is the Third Most Common Cancer in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it.

Symptoms of colon cancer include:

  • Blood in or on the stool (bowel movement).
  • Stomach pain, aches, or cramps that do not go away.
  • Losing weight and you don’t know why.

If you do not have any family history of colon cancer, you should begin having screenings at age 50. KNOW YOUR STATUS!

Ways to reduce your risk:

  • Exercise
  • Eliminate Processed Meats, Cut Back on Red Meat and Meats Cooked at High Temperatures
  • Eat Veggies
  • Use Probiotics
  • Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D
  • Limit your consumption of sugars and refined grains
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Don’t smoke
  • Considering a natural detox regimen, from time to time

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/colorectalawareness/

http://www.cncahealth.com/health-info/general/colon-health-tips.htm

How Much Water Should You Drink?

At least, half your weight, in ounces, up to one gallon per day!

WHY:

  • Helps you to maintain a proper blood volume of 92% water. This gives you more energy and prevents blood thickening, which can lead to high blood pressure and other heart diseases.
  • Guess what? Water helps prevent constipation!
  • Reportedly decreases the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, and bladder cancer.
  • The toxins in our bodies are flushed out through urination and sweat, both of which we do more frequently when properly hydrated.
  • Lose weight by drinking more water. Specifically ice water, which burns more calories during your regular daily activities.
  • You should experience fewer kidney stones and urinary tract infections if you drink more water.
  • Believe it or not, your brain works best when properly hydrated. This improves concentration and reaction time, which is important for working and working out.
  • Helps ease gastrointestinal distress, especially when taking medication.
  • Helps get rid of excess sodium, which causes fluid retention. By drinking enough water, you will actually lose weight, even if it’s only water weight.
  • Helps you prevent and recover from a cold or a flu.