If you are currently in cancer treatment and had lymph nodes removed due to a cancer diagnosis, you may have experienced swelling and pain from lymphedema. Lymphedema can be very painful, which can make it hard for you to feel well enough to return to work or perform your daily activities. Compression garments such as compression sleeves and lymphatic massages can be effective ways to help treat pain and swelling associated with lymphedema. A lymphatic massage can help promote the movement of lymph fluid.
Dry brushing is an old Ayurvedic practice you can do at home, just prior to taking a shower to help stimulate your lymphatic system. All you need is a natural bristle brush with a long handle to help reach your back and lower limbs. It may seem weird to use a brush on your dry skin. However, dry brushing is a great practice to help increase circulation, promote lymph flow and drainage, and provide a gentle exfoliation for removing dry and flaky skin.
These fats are considered the “bad fats” and are linked to increased LDL levels (bad cholesterol), which can increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Tran’s fats are found in so many foods such as margarine, muffins, bread, pizza, cookies, cake, and donuts. Don’t be fooled by labels that have zero grams of trans fat.
Decoding facts: Stay away from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils.
Dozens of zero-calorie artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes have hit the grocery store shelves and we all need to steer clear from using them in our foods and beverages. Here’s why! Some of these artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancer and they tend to be much sweeter than white sugar. They also have been linked to weight gain and can disrupt your gut health. Artificial sweeteners can be found in sodas, gum, candy, desserts, yogurt, snacks, and a bunch of other processed foods.
Decoding facts: Avoid consuming products with aspa...
Before you head out for your next run or jog, make sure you take some precautions to avoid getting injured or targeted by a potential assailant. Unfortunately, females have a higher chance of being attacked while running and more so in an isolated area. In light of the recent news with regard to a young woman who went missing while jogging, I thought it was important to highlight safety while running outdoors.
Here are 15 safety tips to consider to ensure you stay safe while running or jogging outdoors:
1). Never run alone at night or in an isolated area
2). Wear reflective clothing so drivers and other runners will be able to see you
3). Run against traffic to avoid traffic-related accidents
4). Always tell friends and family where you will be running
5). Be aware of your surroundings at all time to avoid falling or tripping
6). Always run on well-traveled and well-lit roads and never take shortcuts through woods
7). If you have a dog take your pooch out with you for some exe...
March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to highlight the health benefits of eating clean and batch cooking. As a certified wellness practitioner and yoga teacher, I often get asked this question. What do you mean when you say eat clean? Eating clean is simply eating foods that are not processed, packaged, or from fast-food restaurants. To break this down further, think of eating clean as eating foods that are in its natural state. Clean foods include locally grown tomatoes, fresh spinach that is not frozen or in a can, and fresh wild-caught fish that does not include food coloring from pellets, which is usually found in farm-raised fish.
Eating clean is not a diet, rather it is a healthy lifestyle approach to consuming foods that are healthy and provides the body with good-for-you ingredients such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, and essential nutrients that promote health and wellness. When you adopt a clean eating lifestyle, you avoid consuming foods that ar...