- Anti-inflammation and Anti-cancer
There are more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach and these are powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer fighting agents. In fact, researchers have created specialized spinach extract to use in controlled laboratory studies. Medical studies show that spinach intake can potentially decrease the incidence of breast cancer in women. The science of nutria-genomics and epigenetics points more and more to the impressive value of spinach. Furthermore, inflammation plays a detrimental role in causing a variety of disease processes. The flavonoid and carotenoid content have anti-inflammatory substances and are plentiful in the leaves of the spinach plant.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are potent antioxidants and have a vital role in protecting the macula and the retina in general. Research suggests that spinach can play a vital role in prevention of age related eye problems such as macular degeneration. Spinach is an excellent source of many other antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. Medical science knows that oxidative stress is a key contributor to numerous health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and an overall decrease in longevity.
- Bone Health
Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health. Fortunately, spinach contains 200 percent of the daily value in just one cup of fresh spinach leaves. One cup of boiled spinach contains over 1000% of the daily value. Other nutrients such as calcium and magnesium found spinach play an important role in supporting bone strength.
- Gastrointestinal Health
The antioxidant affects to help minimize DNA damage and lessen the risk of colon cancer. The presence of folate and vitamin C along with beta-carotene make this green gem a powerful weapon in guarding our gastrointestinal health.
- Other Benefits
- Blood Pressure. Proteins and spinach have been shown to inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme. This aids in decreasing blood pressure.
- Zeaxanthin and lutein are protective against age related vision deterioration. Macular degeneration is the best study and most likely to benefit from spinach consumption.
- Vitamin A is of paramount importance in protecting mucous membranes including the respiratory, urinary and intestinal tract. White blood cells called lymphocytes rely on Vitamin A to help fight infection. One cup of spinach contains over 337% of the RDA of Vitamin A.
- High concentrations of Vitamin A help the skin stay healthy, retain moisture and fight acne, thickening and wrinkles.
- Calcium buildup in blood vessels is a contributing factor to heart disease and stroke. Vitamin K found in spinach helps prevent calcium from depositing in tissues and blood vessels.
Brain Function. The protective sheath around our nerves relies on vitamin K to help synthesize this vital protective covering. Vitamin K found in spinach is essential for the overall health of our nervous system.
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THE HATED ONES: RUNNING WITH THE HUNTED BY RYAN FU
There is always been two sides to every story but usually when it comes to Hollywood, the media only shows one side of the story. The Hated Ones by new writer, Ryan Fu, shows the other side of the Hollywood scene. The entertainment industry is worth billions of dollars, which people want protect their valuable image but they can’t control the public, who want to know what they are doing in their daily lives. In comes the wolves of Hollywood, the paparazzi, who are willing to do anything to get that coveted shot that might be worth thousands of dollars. The Hated Ones is a collection of stories and poems from celebrity photojournalist, Ryan Fu, who was been in the industry for the last ten years. It’s a brand new perspective from the other side of the lens showing a different light to the entertainment industry. The story follows Ryan from his rough upbringing in the streets of Los Angeles to his time in the military fighting terrorists, then finally hitting the streets of Hollywood hunting world famous celebrities.
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According, to CNN, Two years after she underwent a double mastectomy to cut her cancer risk, actress and U.N. envoy Angelina Jolie has had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Jolie, 39, carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the latter at age 49 and died seven years later.
But a blood test that revealed worrying markers accelerated the process, the Hollywood star said. Her doctor told her he wanted her to see a surgeon immediately to check her ovaries.
What are your thoughts on her decision? Would you do the same thing if you were in the same position?
You think you may be safe in your own home. But, there are many items in your home that could cause you to develop cancer.
Our home is supposed to be our sanctuary, but we are being invaded by cancer-causing chemicals. There are many carcinogens that find their way into our homes without us even knowing about it through dyes, shampoos, rubber, plastic, perfumes and more. With the times constantly changing, there are more dangers in some homes than there is outside.
This is to inform you of the things that you could possibly have in your home that could be causing you cancer. They may seem the be safe, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Those smells good perfumes may smell pleasant, but you won’t be saying that from the hospital bed.
- Candles: The CPSC, Consumer Product Safety Commission, performed a study that confirmed that 40 percent of candles contain lead wires inside the wicks. Manufacturers use lead to make wicks firmer because fragrance oils soften waxes. According the CPSC, a candle that contains lead – core wick releases five times the amount of lead that is considered hazardous for children. Children being exposed to high amounts of lead can result in learning disabilities, hormone disruption, behavioral problems and other health problems.
- Air Fresheners: There are so many different kinds of air fresheners right now it is ridiculous. These air fresheners have volatile organic compounds, toxins, and carcinogens like phthalate esters in the formula. A study was released that found 13 common household air fresheners contain chemicals that can affect reproductive development and aggravate asthma.
- Antiperspirants: Conventional antiperspirants and deodorants contain several ingredients linked to virulent cancers. Antiperspirants and deodorants are designed to stay in the body for hours, this allows harmful chemicals to get deep into the skin.
- Art supplies: There are certain art supplies like rubber cement glue and Epoxy, acrylic solvents and paints, and permanent markers contain chemicals linked to organ damage, cancer and allergies. Children are really vulnerable to toxins because of their under-developed immune system and higher metabolisms, so pay extra attention to the products they use.
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It’s National Chip and Dip Day! Chips and dip are the iconic American party snack. Whether you prefer tortilla chips, potato chips, or corn chips, there are dozens of dips to complement your snack of choice.
Humans have been dipping their food into sweet and savory sauces for centuries. Some of the earliest dips were hummus and olive oil, which originated in the Mediterranean region and are still very popular today. Salsas and dips made with sour cream became popular in the United States in the 1940s. After the Great Depression, many middle class families found themselves without a maid for the first time. Chips and dip became the go-to party dish because it was so simple to prepare.
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World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining the spotlight on a different issue.
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Light Yellow Urine
The color can range from pale yellow to transparent (water-like). This means your body is properly hydrated. The more water you drink, the lighter will be the color of the urine. This type of urine does not bubble a lot, has a mild smell, has no foam, and is consistent in color. However, you should also consider if there are traces of blood, pain, or difficulty in passing this urine. Clear urine does not always mean that you are in the clear.
Dark Yellow Urine
This is usually not a cause for concern since it only indicates that you are mildly dehydrated. A healthy person should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. If you are poorly hydrated, there is a lot of waste concentrated in the urine making it appear darker. The odor may also be on the offensive side due to the high concentration of waste.
Apart from dehydration, certain foods, such as asparagus and beet, may also make the urine darker with a strong odor.
Certain conditions may also cause your urine to attain a dark yellow color. These include hemolytic anemia, haematuria and hepatitis.
Pink urine can be innocently caused by some foods, especially those with pink dyes. Any foods that have a lot of red pigmentation can also cause the urine to be pink. Haematuria, the condition where traces of blood can be found in the urine can also cause the urine to seem pink. If there is blood in the urine, then you have kidney, bladder, urethra or prostate issues. This means that you should see your doctor immediately.
Monitor the occurrence of this phenomenon. If the pink color disappears after a few urinary sessions, then the problem was caused by something you ate. If it lasts for days or weeks then you should see a doctor. If there is pain when urinating, then you should see a doctor since it will mean that your urethra is affected.
Orange urine may be a cause of concern since there are certain medical conditions that cause this. However, it may be a trivial thing and the culprit may be foods high in beta-carotene, which is red in color e.g. carrots. Dehydration can also cause your urine to become orange. Health conditions such as jaundice and other liver conditions can cause the urine to be orange. If your urine is orange, take stock of the food that you ate. If it does not have foods that may cause this change, then you need to see a doctor immediately. If this color persists for a day or two, then there is definitely an underlying medical problem that needs to be addressed.
Once again, certain foods can cause your urine to become red. You must see if you had eaten foods that had a lot of red dye in them. Severe haematuria, where blood is found in the urine, can also cause the urine to become dark red, or almost brown. This indicates a very serious problem in your prostate gland, kidney or bladder. You should see a doctor urgently.
You should keep a calm mind when you see red urine, given that it is a scary sight. Take an inventory of how you are feeling and also see what you ate. Check with the doctor if any of the drugs that you take, have a bearing in changing the color of urine to red.
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This week the sports world was shocked to hear how Chris Borland, a former linebacker of the San Francisco 49ers decided to retire from professional football following his rookie season at the age of 24, citing concerns about his long-term health and the potential effects of head trauma. He is only the latest in a list of players under the age of 30 who have retired in the last week.
It made me think because I’ve had several concussions playing sports and fighting during my lifetime. I wondered about the long term effects of having one or many concussions. Here is a video explaining the health effects of Concussions and a video of Key & Peele about Football Concussions just to light up the mood.
Give us your opinions about athletes retiring early because they fear the long term health effects from concussions?