Clean Eating Sounds Good—But Is It?

Choosing fresh ingredientsDo you keep hearing or reading the term clean eating? If so, you might be wondering: What is it?  Clean Eating explores the multitude of health and nutritional benefits that can be yours when you subscribe to a clean lifestyle.  The Clean Eating concept stresses healthy, whole, unprocessed foods. The principles are based on current nutrition science and are similar to recommendations made by public health organizations.

They have a few major guidelines such as eating only fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding food you purchase in boxes, avoiding white flour or sugar and saturated fat.

Is it healthy?

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Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer

SAF 0324_CMYKOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to proactively take steps to reduce the risk of developing this disease. Considering the fact that breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women – and that about one in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetimes – this is not an issue to be taken lightly.

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Five Steps to Curb Back Pain

Stretching for your back

 

We’ve all heard the proverb, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” This timeworn phrase, however, would be more accurate – at least from a medical perspective – if it read: Nothing is certain but death, taxes, and back pain.

That’s because, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 75% to 85% of Americans will experience back pain – specifically lower back pain – at some point in their lives.

In fact, studies have shown that back pain is the second leading cause of lost work time, after the common cold.

 

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Fall into the Apple Habit

health benefits of applesNo, it’s not hype: Apples really can help keep doctors away. That’s because they’re packed with powerful plant chemicals and other substances that fight disease.

Those plant chemicals—including one called quercetin—can help prevent cancer from ever developing. They may even kill off existing cancer cells.

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The Flu and Stress Connection

The connection between flu and stressThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone who is 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccination, preferably by October. (There are some people who should consult their doctor before getting immunized.)

Flu vaccinations – coupled with frequent hand-washing – serve as frontline flu-fighting strategies.

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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink in October!October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages – and encourage others to do the same.

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Have You had Your Yearly Mammogram?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthA mammogram (or X-ray of the breast) is a safe and useful test for finding breast cancer early, when it is more likely to be curable.

Many women worry that mammograms are painful. While some women find the test uncomfortable, a mammogram is usually not painful. Qualified staff members are trained to make your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible. The whole test takes only 15–30 minutes. Depending on your covered benefits, it may be possible to have your mammogram done at a radiology center, which might have more appointment time options.

It is important to get a yearly mammogram even if you don’t have a family history of breast cancer, as the disease affects many women who do not have this risk factor.

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Recognizing Depression

Recognizing depressionDid you know that October 6–10 is Mental Illness Awareness Week and October 9 is National Depression Screening Day? With these important dates in mind, you may find the following tips on recognizing depression timely.

Depression is serious but can be treated. More than a blue mood, depression can change thoughts, feelings and actions, and also how your body feels.

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Six Steps to Curb Cholesterol

reduce fat in your daily dietSeptember is National Cholesterol Education Month – an ideal time to have your blood cholesterol measured and, if it’s high, to embark on a cholesterol-lowering program. The dots are easy to connect: The higher your blood cholesterol, the greater your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack. And if those facts don’t get your attention, consider these:

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