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We’ve all heard that food is the best medicine, but a new study out of the University of Arizona found that nutrient-dense foods could also be useful as topical applications. According to researcher Sally Dickinson, a naturally occurring compound in broccoli is loaded with chemopreventive properties. The nutrient is known as Sulforaphan, and if added to the list of ingredients in sunscreen, could dramatically increase the products cancer-preventing properties. “Sulforaphane is the kind of compound that has so many incredible theoretical applications if the dosage is measured properly,” Dickinson says. “We already know that it is very effective in blocking sunburns, and we have seen cases where it can induce protective enzymes in the skin.”
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1. They’re Easy
Just choose your fruit and veggies, throw them in a blender, and drink the smoothed mixture. OK, it’s not so easy if you don’t own a blender. In fact, it’s dashed difficult. Ever tried forcing raw spinach through a sieve? If you have a blender, then it takes no more time and effort to make a green smoothie than to drink one!
2. They’re Portable
Kept cool and sealed, most green smoothies will stay fresh for 24 hours or more. So with the right container, you can take a chilled green smoothie with you almost anywhere—work, the park, the gym, the train—to keep you refreshed. Glass or stainless steel containers are often suggested as the best storage options, so a vacuum flask might be the way to go if you want to keep your smoothie cool on the move. [Read more...]
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What is the Prefix?: #thePreFix Summer Series 4pm to 9pm at the BK Terrace Aloft Rooftop Lounge. This day event is a celebration of the resurgence of Brooklyn. Broccoli City is attempting to provide the perfect platform for everyone to enjoy life and be the organic you.
Your fingernails may be the last place you look when determining the state of your health, but don’t be quick to underestimate them. When it comes to your nails, what you see is very well what you get, and their condition can be an indicator of what is happening in your body on a deeper level. From nutritional deficiencies to diseases as serious as melanoma, the following eight fingernail conditions could indicate health issues and may help you make appropriate changes to your lifestyle.
Healthy nails have a rosy pink tint and a smooth texture. Any other shade or texture could indicate a nutritional deficiency, fungal infection, liver disorder, or other serious health problems. If you notice any of the following changes to your nails, don’t ignore them. Wipe off that layer of colorful polish every once in a while and take heed! [Read more...]
There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a homeless person could be right outside, smiling and content with their life. To see them [Read more...]
Although I don’t watch Dr. Oz often, I’ve found his advice to be quite informative. The information below certainly does not fall short of that expectation. Read. Ponder. Apply. [Read more...]
Tis the season when most earthlings develop symptoms of a ‘September cold’. When trying to combat the early onset of the cold bug, it’s important to note what works and what should be left in the fridge or cupborad. Here’s a list comprised by ouur good friends over at Huffington Post:
1.) Plenty Of Tea & Water
Hydration is key as fluids assist in flushing everything out. Warm liquids can also soothe a sore throat and ease congestion.
2.) Say No To Juice
The running thought is that OJ, with its heavy dosage of vitamin C, provides the perfect counter attack. The truth is that its high caloric and sugar content “hinders white blood cells from fighting infection.” – Ilyse Schapiro, R.D., C..D.N.
3.) Sip Some Soup
Components of broth are found to be anti-inflammatory and work to fight against infection.
4.) No Alcohol
There are properties of alcohol that decrease your immune system; thus, rendering your body helpless against an infection.
5.) EAT BROCCOLI!
High in antioxidents and vitamins. Nuff said.
Via: Huffington Post Green
Cutting down the amount of red meat we eat not only affects our physical health, but also the health of the environment, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that cutting back on red meat consumption could decrease the number of cases of chronic disease by 3 to 12 percent, and make the carbon footprint nearly 28 million tons smaller per year by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
The BMJ Open study included data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey of British Adults in 2000-2001. Researchers looked at the amount of meat the people in the study consumed, as well as how many green gas emissions were emitted that are linked to 45 different kinds of food.
After adjusting for proportions, the researchers found that people who regularly ate red or processed meat in the study also just generally consumed more food than people who didn’t regularly eat red or processed meat. So, they calculated that if people who ate the most red and processed meat in the study were to adjust their eating habits so they ate like the people who consumed the least red and processed meat in the study, that would decrease health risks (such as risk of diabetes, colorectal cancer and heart disease) anywhere from 3 to 12 percent.
Specifically, the Telegraph reported that if men with an average meat consumption of 91 grams per day cut it down to 53 grams per day, it would translate to a 12 percent decrease in colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes risks.
Plus, the decreased greenhouse gas emissions linked with food and beverages would decrease each year by about 0.45 tons per person, the researchers calculated.
Even though the data is from 2000 and 2001, the researchers noted that red meat consumption hasn’t changed significantly over the last 10 years.
“This indicates that our estimates remain relevant and may even be conservative and highlights the need for action to prevent further increases in intake in the UK population,” the researchers wrote in the study.
Previous research has shown a possible link between processed meat consumption and cancer risk, with an extra 50 grams a day of processed meat being linked with a 19 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a British Journal of Cancer study.
And even more recently, a group of water scientists has predicted that the whole world is going to be vegetarian anyhow by 2050, in order to accommodate growing population growth.
“There will not be enough water available on current croplands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations,” according to the report by Malik Falkenmark and other scientists at the Stockholm International Water Institute noted, as reported by The Guardian.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease
The viral infection causes mouth ulcers and tiny blisters on the hands and feet. “There’s been an increase lately,” Martinez says. Although it’s moderately contagious, it’s usually not serious. There’s no specific treatment, but practicing good hygiene — such as frequent and thorough hand washing — can keep your little one safe.
There’s no such thing as “cold season.” Colds can strike at any time of the year, and are caused by more than 20 different viruses. Symptoms include congestion, a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, and tiredness. Typically, a cold-ridden kid is contagious for two to three days. The best medicine? Lots of fluids and plenty of rest.
These are “very contagious,” Martinez says. Particularly worrisome: Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, which sends at least 2 million kids under age 5 to the doctor or hospital each year. Symptoms include shortness of breath, a “seal bark” cough, fever, stuffy nose, and wheezing. It’s most common from late fall through early spring.
Ouch. Strep brings fever, stomach pain, and red, swollen tonsils. Since strep-causing bacteria migrate to the nose and throat, sneezing, coughing, and shaking hands can spread it from person to person. Strep requires antibiotic treatment, but kids typically recover within a few days. If it’s not treated, it can trigger scarlet fever — all the symptoms associated with strep, along with a scarlet-colored rash that commonly appears on the neck, chest, armpits, elbows, groin, and inner thighs.
You know the symptoms: Fever. Coughing and a sore throat. Headache and runny nose. Chills, fatigue, and maybe some nausea and vomiting. Flu season typically starts in October, peaks in January, February, and March, and winds down in May. The federal government recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu shot, which arrives in most towns this month. The sooner you and your kids get the shot, the sooner you’re all protected. It doesn’t wear off: If you get vaccinated now, you’ll still be protected when flu season wraps up next year. Although it doesn’t completely rule out the chance of getting sick, the vaccine reduces the likelihood by 70 to 90 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
These tiny, parasitic insects live among human hairs, feeding on blood drawn from the scalp. Three- to 12-year-old girls are particularly at risk, although boys in that age range are not immune. Contrary to popular perception, personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice. Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed; eggs are similar to dandruff flakes. Lice are very contagious — close contact and sharing hats or hairbrushes hike the risk. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications can treat the problem
Most Americans are probably enjoying their favorite snack at this very moment as major food companies fight to maintian complete disclosure of the GM (Genetically Modified) indredients used in those same products. Say hello to Prop 37; legislation that would require labels on ALL food identifying GM ingredients. GMO’s have been linked to cancer, diabetes and any other preventive disease imaginable.
The right to know what you’re consuming seems like a non issue, right? Apparently not to the 18 companies listed below as they’ve spared no expense in fighting the truth.
PepsiCo, Inc. – $590,220.06
Sunny Delight Beverage Company – $93,795.90
Mars, Inc – $100,242.69 [Read more...]
“Every child has heard the healthy-eating mantra “You are what you eat.” But there may be a closer resemblance between good-for-you grub and your body than you thought. We found 10 foods that mirror the body parts they provide nutrients for—for example, brain-boosting walnuts actually look like a brain. Coincidence? Maybe.”
Slice a carrot in half crosswise and it’s easy to see that the veggie resembles an eye—look closely and you’ll even notice a pattern of radiating lines that mimic the pupil and iris. And the old wives’ tale is true: Munching on carrots will actually promote healthy eyes. “Carrots are filled with vitamins and antioxidants, like beta-carotene, that decrease the chance of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older people. [Read more...]