Archive | April, 2008

Cancer-fighting salads – Found in my email

23 Apr
 
Try these 3 salads to get more cancer-fighting foods into your diet.
Although the risk factors for cancer are complex and no one food can cure or prevent cancer, numerous studies have shown a link between diet and cancer risk.
One of the most promising areas of research is that examining antioxidants. According to the American Cancer Society, “The body appears to use certain nutrients in vegetables and fruits to protect against damage to tissues that occurs constantly as a result of normal metabolism (oxidation). Because such damage is linked with increased cancer risk, the so-called antioxidant nutrients are thought to protect against cancer. Antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, and many other phytochemicals (chemicals from plants). Studies suggest that people who eat more vegetables and fruits, which are rich sources of antioxidants, may have a lower risk for some types of cancer.”
Here are three salads to help you get more cancer-fighting foods into your diet this summer.
Power packed pomegranate salad
Pomegranates are known for their antioxidant punch, which has fueled pomegranate juice sales in North America and around the world. But the seeds may have benefits the juice doesn’t. A Technion-Israel Institute of Technology research team presented a study in June 2001 which indicated that pomegranate seed oil triggers apoptosis — a self-destruct mechanism in breast cancer cells.
This salad combines pomegranate seeds with spinach, a leafy green also rich in antioxidants.
1 pound cleaned spinach leaves, tough stems removed
3/4 cup diced red onion
3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Seeds from 1 pomegranate (approx. 1 cup)
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
Salt and fresh ground pepper
Olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing, or President’s Choice brand Honey Pear Vinaigrette.
Place the spinach in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle on the red onion, parsley, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts. Just before serving, dress the salad with either shakes of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or the PC Honey Pear Vinaigrette, to taste, adding salt and pepper as needed.
Serves 4
Blueberry chicken salad
Blueberries have become a part of the anti-cancer arsenal due to the fact that they are the berries richest in anthocyanosides, one of the most powerful antioxidants in the prevention of cancer cell growth. This lunch type salad is a great way to add blueberries into your diet, as well as increasing your consumption of leafy greens and lower-fat meat. Feta cheese and pecans add a decadent feel to the dish.
4 cups sliced Belgian endive (about 2 large heads)
1 cup gourmet salad greens
1 1/2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tbsp chopped pecans, toasted
Dressing:
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp honey
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Combine first four ingredients in large bowl. Combine vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper; stir with whisk. Add dressing to endive mixture; toss gently. Sprinkle with cheese and pecans.
Yield: 4 servings
Black bean and tomato salad
Beans contain a number of phytochemicals, which have been shown to prevent or slow genetic damage to cells – and may particularly aid in preventing prostate cancer. In addition, the high fiber content of beans has been connected with a lower risk of digestive cancers. Tomatoes also contain lycopene, which has been shown to be especially potent in combating prostate cancer.
2 cups corn kernels (about four ears of grilled corn, or use frozen or canned)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
3 green onions, chopped finely
Dressing:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine corn, black beans, and tomatoes in a medium bowl. Whisk oil, vinegar, oregano, and salt and pepper together. Drizzle over salad and toss until coated.
Very interesting. In hope you try some of these. Cut back on salt that’s my only caution. These food cannot hurt you. Also if you can find organic ingredients better yet. Enjoy my friends and keep healthy
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Cure for Baldness on the Horizon

4 Apr

Listen up guys a British Columbia herbalist may have discovered a solution to your balding problems.

 Dirk Stass of Cheryville, British Columbia, believed he may have accidently stumbled upon a cure.  Using herbal teas and concoctions from local plants and applying it to his scalp, Stass found that a month and half later his fiance discovered his bald spot wasn’t as bald anymore. What a surprise?  Encouraged by the success, Stass tried the formula on friends and family with the same surprising results. 

Stass said that the recipe rejuvenates the epidermis, and therefore cleanses the hair follicles which promotes  hair growth. He said the formula helps to halt balding rather than growing a headful of hair.  Stass is currently raising funds to do rigorous  clinical trial through the University of British Columbia Canada. 

Dumpster Diving Anyone

4 Apr

dumpsterdiving.jpgWhat would a person in a third world country think when they seen on our National TV that young men and women, college educated, raiding the trash for food?  For these people it might be a political act against waste but to the person in the third world this would be so shocking.  It is something the poor does in poor countries, not people in rich countries.

 

I am not sure if this is such a smart idea eating food that has been discarded who knows what germs harbour there?  I suppose trash shopping is not for the faint of heart and certainly not for me but I must hand to those who are the front-line, who put their lives on the line to make a point and to save themselves money as well.

 It is a crying shame that supermarkets cannot donate the food they waste to the poor or homeless shelter.  They claim it is because of legal complications and being afraid of lawsuit should someone get sick from expired or damaged foods.  But can people take their chances and risks similar to the dumpster divers.  The poorest dig into the more treacherous dumpster trenches in the garbage bins at street corners. The supermarket dumps are a lot safer in comparison.

We have to stop the waste in the West. It is not right that we should waste so much of the world’s resources while others go hungry. Something must be done to correct this.

10 Smart Tips for Longer Life

2 Apr

1.  Exercise every day. Make it a habit even if you just walk around the block

2.  Eat whole grains, lean meat, fresh raw vegetables and greens regularly. Eat oat bran and flax seed daily to  keep you regular.

3.  If you are driving a motor-vehicle give it all your attention. Keep your eyes and ears alert. Pull over if you have to make a phone call.

4.  Have regular annual check up at the doctor.  Insist they give you a rectal examination, breast examination and blood pressure exam. Follow up on the results. Participate in your own medical care.

 5.  Meditate daily for peace of mind.  Daydream a lot.

6.   Be of service to those less fortunate than yourself. This promotes good feelings.

7.   Take care of your spirit commiserate with people who make you laugh or feel good.

8.   Do everything in moderation. IF you must drink alcohol, one glass of wine every other day or half glass with dinner every evening.

9.    Eat fish or omega 3 products regularly.

10.  Sleep well. About 6-8 hours is plenty.

Hairy Solution

2 Apr

Listen up guys a British Columbia herbalist may have discovered a solution to your balding problems.

Dirk Stass of Cheryville, British Columbia, believed he may have accidently stumbled upon a cure. Using herbal teas and concoctions from local plants and applying it to his scalp, Stass found that a month and half later his fiance discovered his bald spot wasn’t as bald anymore. What a surprise? Encouraged by the success, Stass tried the formula on friends and family with the same surprising results.

Stass said that the recipe rejuvenates the epidermis, and therefore cleanses the hair follicles which promotes hair growth. He said the formula helps to halt balding rather than growing a headful of hair. Stass is currently raising funds to do rigorous clinical trial through the University of British Columbia Canada.

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