The lymphatic system, if not properly taken care of, can lead to problems ranging from “cellulite to cancer”! Read this article to find out how to better take care of your body and feel better too! Check out this month’s newsletter for more interesting articles about the lymphatic system!

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“Like Cinderella, the lymph labors quietly in the shadows to clean up the mess made by virtually all the other systems of the body. Widely regarded as a lesser sister to the circulatory system, the lymphatic system is actually a crucial player in your body’s ability to ward off disease and heal from injury.

The lymphatic system is recognized by doctors in Europe and the Far East for its importance to preventive health care. They understand how lymphatic function supports every other system in the body, including the immune, digestive, detoxification and nervous systems. In fact, many believe that poor lymph health underlies a host of conditions, from cellulite to cancer.

By contrast, in America our practitioners don’t think much about the lymph system until something goes wrong — usually when infection causes a swollen lymph node, or worse, when we develop cancer in a lymph gland, or cancer elsewhere that metastasizes through the lymph vessels.

The reality is that you have twice as much lymph fluid in your body as blood. The lymph continuously bathes each cell and drains away the detritus in a circulatory system powered only by your breathing and movement. If the movement of the lymph stopped entirely you would die in a matter of hours.

What can you do to ensure your lymph system stays healthy? There are a number of ways to support lymphatic function that should be part of every woman’s health habits. Let’s start by exploring this amazing system. Read More→

During the summer months, it is nice to get a healthy glow. To make sure that it is a “healthy” glow, there are some precautions to be made. Skin cancer is a major risk when it comes to sun exposure. More than 2 million Americans develop skin cancer each year, read the following article to reduce your risk while still enjoying the summer months!

“What can I do to reduce my risk of getting skin cancer?

Here’s the short answer:

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  • Don’t depend on sunscreen to prolong your time in the sun.
  • Cover up! Hats, shirts and sunglasses are the best protection.
  • Don’t get burned.
  • Don’t use a tanning bed.
  • Protect kids! Early-life sunburns are worse.
  • Pick a sunscreen with strong UVA protection.
  • Get vitamin D. Adequate levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of melanoma, and it is known to combat other cancers. Get screened for vitamin D deficiency.
  • Check your skin regularly for new moles that are tender or growing. Ask your primary care doctor how often you should see a dermatologist. 

More than 2 million Americans develop skin cancer each year (NCI 2013). Half the Americans who live to 65 will be diagnosed at least once with rarely fatal forms of skin cancer called basal and squamous cell carcinomas, both linked to sun exposure.(EPA 2011) Studies indicate that regular sunscreen use lowers the risk of squamous cell carcinoma (Gordon 2009, van der Pols 2006). Researchers have not found strong evidence that sunscreen use prevents basal cell carcinoma (Green 1999, Pandeya 2005, van der Pols 2006, Hunter 1990, Rosenstein 1999, Rubin 2005).

Americans are being diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, at steadily spiraling rates. According to the National Cancer Institute, over the past 35 years the rate of new melanoma cases among American adults has tripled, from 7.89 per 100,000 population in 1975 to 23.57 in 2010. (NCI 2013). The melanoma death rate for white American men, the highest risk group, has escalated sharply, from 2.64 deaths per 100,000 in 1975 to 4.10 in 2010.

Since the year 2000, the rates of new melanoma cases among both men and women have climbed by 1.9 percent per year (CDC 2013). Rates for teens climbed 2 percent per year between 1973 and 2009 (Wong 2013).

Sun exposure appears to play a role in the development of some melanoma, but it is a complex disease whose triggers are unknown. Scientists have established that three risk factors are indoor tanning, exposure to ultraviolet radiation and severe sunburns – all things a person can control. Other, uncontrollable risk factors are family history, number of moles, fair skin and freckles (CDC 2013, NCI 2013). Read More→

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Choosing products that are healthy and natural is a labor of love. The ConsumerReports is proposing to ban some keys phrases that make a customer think that they are selecting a healthy option. Some companies are using these phrases as broad terms, subject to opinion. Read more in the following article and next time you see the word “natural”  look closer  at the label!

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“Americans are buying ‘natural’ food products in droves but it turns out that doesn’t necessarily mean foods are any healthier—or free of preservatives.

According to ConsumerReports ShopSmart, the Food and Drug Administration does not adequately define the term, which means a manufacturer can slap a “natural” label on a product that still c

The consumer advocacy group is now calling for a ban on the term natural, which it claims causes confusion about a products true components.ontains artificial additives.

Misleading terms include:

“Made with Natural Ingredients”

“Naturally Flavored”

“Naturally Brewed” Read More→

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It’s becoming more widely known that we should stop using plastic containers but why? Here are 7 freaky reasons why we should avoid them in our every day lives…

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“Why is it that in a natural world our society has become so attached to unnatural products? People surround themselves with processed materials that require large machines and complicated pollution-producing processes when there are simple natural alternative all around them – and plastic is the worst offender.

Plastic poses a threat to humanity simply because it’s so versatile and used almost everywhere. Every year shoppers use more than 500 billion plastic bags – enough to wrap around the planet more than 4000 times. Over ten thousand pieces of plastic are flushed into the ocean every day, worsening water acidification and killing hundreds of thousands of animals every year.

Plastic doesn’t only harm our distant environment but it also impacts our everyday routines in ways that we hardly realize. The most common health threat of plastic use stems from an overlooked source – what we eat. As a matter of fact, the Subway franchise was only just recently forced to remove a plastic chemical from their bread!

Plastic Invades our Food and Drinks

Let’s suppose you’ve got your diet fine-tuned with healthy habits. Organic vegetables next to non-processed foods and plenty of vitamins and minerals. If you’re carrying the food in plastic containers and guzzling your water from a plastic bottle you’re eating habits might not be as safe as you thought.

Here are a few reasons for you to separate plastic from your eating habits ASAP: Read More→

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Have you ever wondered if you had poor blood circulation? It is something that can easily be overlooked but can immensely affect your health. This article shows you the 14 warning signs of poor blood circulation, both physical and visible signs!

From the day you were born your body has worked constantly to circulate more than five liters of blood through your body. Your arteries and veins are like highways for blood transportation. This helps your organs function, delivers nutrients and hormones, regulates your PH, and contributes to essentially every bodily process. Like highways, they require maintenance and care to function properly.

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 What is Low Blood Circulation?

Somebody with poor blood circulation receives insufficient amounts of blood to certain parts of the body. Plaque buildup and other factors slow the blood down and limit the effectiveness of transportation to the legs, arms, heart, and other important areas.

There are several life habits, medical conditions, and behaviors that make an individual susceptible to this issue. Smoking, pregnancy, eating disorders, and weight gain are just a few of many ways someone can become vulnerable to this condition.

Poor circulation affects people of all ages and if left untreated can cause serious damage to your brain, heart, liver, kidney and limbs. It’s most common in elderly people but should be taken seriously at any age.

The Symptoms

Poor blood circulation is a danger because of its silent nature. It can be easy to overlook in its early stage and only found once it has worsened. The following symptoms are common indicators of a weakened circulatory process. Read More→

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