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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

Reduce the Chances for Future Fractures through Good Bone Health

Who is at risk?

Those with a family history of osteoporosis, family history of hip or spine fractures, being a postmenopausal female, low body weight, restricted diet including history of eating disorders or frequent dieting, smoking, prednisone use, thyroid disease, history of fracturing a bone after the age of forty, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic liver or kidney disease, being Caucasian or Asian, having type 1 diabetes, not exercising or excessive exercising, vitamin D deficiency, and drinking too much alcohol or caffeine, as well as female athletes who have a restricted diet and burn more calories than they consume daily.

What should you do if this describes you?

You should see your physician and get screened for osteoporosis!

How do you maximize good bone health?

  1. If you smoke, QUIT!

  2. Be sure you are getting enough calcium in your daily diet. Under age 50, you should be getting 1,000 mg. If you are over the age of 50, you should be getting at least 1,200 mg.

  3. Vitamin D3 should also be included in your dietary intake.

  4. Exercise

  5. Eat well-rounded meals

  6. Make sure your home is fall-proof

  7. Moderate caffeine use

  8. Take any prescriptions for bone health, as prescribed by your doctor.

Source:

http://www.livefit.com/bonehealth?utm_source=email_marketing_system&utm_medium=email&utm_content=17230313&utm_campaign=LIVE%2520FIT%2520TODAY%2520October%2520Newsletter

Coconut: 101 Reasons

Here’s a start! 

Green coconut water uses:

–Natural, healthy source for hydration, energy and endurance, making it the perfect sports drink.
–Restores electrolytes after exercise, vomiting, diarrhea.
–Antiseptic properties provide antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents to purify blood — killing measles, herpes, influenza, AIDS, SARS, hepatitis C…
–Useful for emergency transfusions due to being close in composition to human plasma.
–Used to prevent vomiting, nausea and replace lost fluids in cases of malaria, typhoid, influenza…
–Dissolves kidney stones alkalizing urine pH.
–Used as a natural cleanse, coconut water mixed with olive oil eliminates intestinal parasites.

Coconut oil medicinal uses:

Virgin coconut oil tastes and smells like coconut. Expeller pressed oil has no scent or taste and both types can be used medicinally.

–Kills bacteria causing urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, gum disease, staphylococcus, MRSA
–Destroys fungus causing candida.
–Kills viruses causing flu, infectious disease, typhoid, HIV
–Inhibits parasite growth such as tapeworm, liver flukes, giardia…
–Eases acid reflux, relieves gallbladder disease.
–Enhances proper bowel function and lowers incidence of hemorrhoids when oil is consumed.
–Relieves and heals intestinal disorders, ulcers, colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s disease.
–Stabilizes blood sugar and insulin production.
–Eases neuropathies and itching from diabetes.
–Protects against osteoporosis and reduces problems from cystic fibrosis.
–Enhances pancreatic function, enzyme production and reduces pancreatitis.
–Improves magnesium and calcium absorption, promoting stronger bones.
–Reduces joint and muscle inflammation, supporting repair of tissues.
–Regulates thyroid function.
–Protects against cancers of colon, breast, and digestive tract.
Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) protect against development of Alzheimer’s disease.
–MCFA strengthen heart and circulatory system protecting against artherosclerosis and heart disease.
–Prevents oxidation of fatty acids.
–Provides antioxidants to fight free radicals slowing aging and degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
–Relieves symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
–Reduces incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.
–Stabilizes female hormones reducing hot flashes and vaginal dryness during menopause.
–Lessens symptoms associated with prostate enlargement.
–Strengthens the liver and protects against degeneration.
–Soothes earaches when mixed with garlic and olive oil.

Topical uses for coconut oil:

–Forms a chemical barrier on skin to protect and heal infections.
–Topical applications relieve pain and swelling from hemorrhoids.
–Moisturizes and softens dry skin.
–Reduces bags, puffiness and wrinkles under eyes.
–Lessens occurrence and appearance of varicose veins.
–Preps skin before shaving.
–Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective toothpaste.
–Soothes sunburned skin and promotes healing of burns and blisters.
–Heals psoriasis and eczema lesions.
–Stops pain, burning, and itching of bug and snake bites.
–Prevents itching from poison ivy, oak, and sumac.
–Promotes firm skin tone, preventing age spots, sagging and wrinkles.
–Eliminates head lice.
–Removes makeup easily.
–Heals nail fungus under finger and toenails.
–Prevent nosebleeds by applying light film inside nostrils.
–In combination with cornstarch and baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective deodorant.
–Makes an excellent massage oil, a natural personal lubricant, and great sunscreen.
–Conditions hair, prevents split ends, reduces frizz, controls flaky scalp and dandruff.
–Removes scars and stretch marks.
–Repairs cracked, sore, dry nipples from nursing.
–Heals diaper rash and removes cradle cap on babies.

Nutritional uses for coconut oil:

–Enhances absorption of nutrients and improves digestion.
–Provides a quick energy source and stimulates metabolism.
–Produces immediate, usable energy source rather than being stored as fat.
–Increases metabolic rate, stabilizes body weight, and controls food cravings.
–Enriches milk supply for breast-feeding women.
–Doesn’t form harmful by-products during cooking when used at high heat.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036028_coconu_oil_health_solutions.html?utm_source=082712-02-coconut-health-benefits-link&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=bpnl-007#ixzz24zXT3yPL

Lack of Sleep. . .

…Increases Stroke Risk!Lack of Sleep Increases Stroke Risk

Believe it or not, you cause more stress to the body when you do not get proper rest. This can result in many types of physical or chronic conditions in the body, including stroke.

“The 30 percent of working adults who routinely sleep less than six hours a night are four times more likely to suffer a stroke, a new study says.” 

This even applies to those who are considered healthy and have no other factors that would associate them to trigger it!

So, try to remember to get some REST!

Read more here: http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=023000HJ1V6Y

Boost Your Metabolism

Obesity is on the rise. Along with it comes many health problems. Risks of heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer and diabetes all increase with added weight.”

Ways to boost your metabolism:

1. Make sure you are getting enough protein

2. Eat clean – stay awake for junk food and other toxins and eat lots of vegetables

3. Exercise until you sweat – at least 30 minutes-a-day.

Read more here: http://www.balancepointblog.com/tips-for-boosting-your-metabolism/