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Month: December 2016

Health and Wellness Holiday Gift Ideas

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Do you have any health nuts on your gift list? Or aspiring health nuts? Any fitness fanatics? If you do, and if you haven’t decided what to get them for the holidays, we can help! And these gifts aren’t just for health nuts. Anyone who leads or who wants to lead a healthy lifestyle would appreciate any of these gifts. Take a gander and hopefully something catches your eye, or at least gives you an idea, for a loved one on your gift list.

For the Fitness Fiend

Yoga mat & carrier/bag (depending on your budget, we recommend Manduka yoga mats)
Boxing gloves with a gift certificate for a few boxing classes
For that matter… a gift certificate for a full session of cycling or other fitness class near them
Gym bag
Dumbbell set
Fitness tracker
Workout outfit (top and pants), because just one or the other would be incomplete
All weather adventure/workout clothes for the hiker in the family
Running shoes
Running cap and/or sunglasses

For the Health-Conscious Home Cook

A gift card to Whole Foods, Lassen’s, or other gourmet/natural foods store
Cookbook: Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch by Nigel Slater
Indoor herb planters and seeds
Variety pack of raw nuts and seeds
Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap and Hand Soap
Apron
Variety pack of organic, unbleached flours
Green tea
A fruit tree (assuming you know they have room in their yard)

For the Busy Bee or Workaholic

Pair of dumbbells that can be kept under a desk or in the car
Resistance bands to be kept in the desk drawer
KIND protein bars
PRO BAR meal bars
Lori Harder’s Busy Girl Cookbook

Study Reveals AICR Recommendations Can Cut Colorectal Cancer Risk

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The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) encourages everyone to follow certain recommendations for a healthy lifestyle, which can help prevent the development of cancer (and other disease). But how much does following those recommendations actually help?

Lifestyle and Colorectal Cancer Risk

While we don’t have statistical evidence for every type of cancer, we can give you an answer with regard to colorectal cancer. A recent study, published in late October of this year in Cancer Causes & Control, reveals that the more AICR Recommendations were followed, the lower the risk. One of AICR’s recommendations that is most strongly linked to reduced colorectal cancer risk, for both men and women, is cutting processed meat, but, ultimately, the more healthy recommendations followed, the lower the risk.

In the recent study, researchers analyzed data from 67,000 participants of the VITamins And Lifestyle Study. Participants, aged 50 to 76 years, were cancer-free and answered particular questions about their diet, weight, and other lifestyle habits, at the beginning of the study. The study scored whether each participant met AICR’s Recommendations regarding physical activity, body weight, alcohol, plant foods, energy density, and processed and red meat.

cancer prevention recommendations

Fast Forward 8 Years…

Approximately eight years later, 546 of the 67,000 participants had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. While taking BMI and other recognized risk factors into account, it was determined that meeting one to three of AICR’s Recommendations lowered risk by a little more than one third. Meeting four to six of the recommendations lowered risk by around half. With these numbers, we expect if participants followed all 10 AICR Cancer Prevention Recommendations, their risk of developing colorectal cancer would be drastically reduced.

In this particular study, the recommendations that were most strongly associated with reduced colorectal cancer risk for men were red and processed meat and alcohol; for women, body weight and, like men, red and processed meat.

There’s  A Lot You Can Do

We underestimate how much we can actually do to safeguard our health. Leading a healthy lifestyle is the only way to have a vibrant, full life. Being aware of risk factors is also important. Inherited cancer risk factors do exist for some people but knowing that they’re there can help us make the necessary preventative choices to stay strong and healthy.

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