Water Lowers Cancer Risk

The human body is an amazing organism. The human body is in fact miraculous in its complexity. The heart, lungs, and brain are some of the stars in the human body and it’s interesting to note that they are comprised of large amounts of water.

You can’t survive for long without drinking or ingesting water on a daily basis. It is the key to life. It also has been shown to lower cancer risk.

People speculate that there are a number of different risk factors that cause cancer. These risk factors include the following:• Genetics-Check your family history and see if there are steps that you can take to manage your susceptibility for contracting the disease.

• Your diet. What you eat is important not only to sustain energy, but what you eat can trigger cancer risk.

• Smoking habit-are you a heavy smoker or around someone who is a cigarette smoker? Are you breathing in second-hand smoke?

• Are you a heavy drinker? Do you find that you’re drinking a lot of alcohol?

• Are you next to a location that has a high number of magnetic fields?

Don’t freak out, just take some time to assess your susceptibility for contracting cancer and look at the environment around you. Create an arsenal of advice and habits that will help you manage your risk.

One of the tools you should incorporate into your kit is to drink water on a regular basis. People feel a little overwhelmed by the idea of drinking up to 8 glasses of water a day, so here are a number of ways to easily add drinking more water into your daily habits.

• Set a goal-we have all grown up with the advice to drink up to 8 glasses of water a day. What if you’re not even close and 5 those glasses of water you’re drinking are actually coffee? Don’t despair, slowly change this habit by cutting the number of cups of coffee you’re drinking on a daily basis. If you’re drinking 5 cups of coffee a day drop it to 4 and add a cup of water.

• Drink green tea (or herbal tea)- The great thing about green tea is that it seems to have cancer-fighting properties as well. Studies have shown that countries with high green tea consumption seem to have lower cancer rates.

• Get a Soda Stream-Some people really don’t like to drink plain water and prefer a little effervescence added to their water. Try to do this frugally and also be aware that you will have to get more CO2 when the cartridges run out. Just go to your local Best Buy. Bring a coupon and your old cartridge, and have the store fill it up. It will cost around $11-$14 for a refill.

• Add fruit/citrus slices/or fresh mint to a glass of water to give it a more refreshing taste.

Water flushes out the toxins in your system. If you’re not drinking water, then you’re affecting your body’s ability to cleanse itself of the toxins that find their way into your body day in and day out. Use the above strategies to increase your water intake.

Exercise Lowers Cancer Risk

Hardly a day goes by without hearing about the merits of daily exercise. The problem for most people is that it’s hard to imagine where to fit in this exercise because life can be so hectic! However, the health benefits are so important that it’s imperative to figure out a way to incorporate exercise into your daily life.

Also, recent studies have shown that exercise can lower your cancer risk. Regular exercisers are shown to have lower obesity rates. Obesity has been shown to be connected increased cancer risks. The National Cancer Institute recommends that most people participate in 30-60 minutes of exercise a day.

In addition to regular exercise, people are also encouraged to focus on creating healthy habits that reinforce the benefits of regular exercise. Exercise affects the risk factors for different types of cancer in different ways. If you have a family history of cancer work with your doctor to determine what preventative steps you can take to manage your risk of getting cancer. Colon cancer in particular seems to be affected positively by introducing regular exercise into a daily routine.Spend time working with a doctor and nutritionist to see what will work best for your body. Take the time getting informed about what is the best course of action for your personal health situation. Being informed will help you maintain your health and wellness for the long run.

Many people are overwhelmed by the idea of adding regular exercise to their daily routine. Fortunately, it is not as difficult as you think to add exercise into your daily life here are a few suggestions that will make it easier for you to exercise and reap the long-term benefits.

• When you’re running your daily errands, park your car as far as you can from the store that you’re going to-adding more steps to your day.

• If you live in a bike friendly town and enjoy biking, set a no driving area and ride your bike whenever running errands within that no driving area. Not only will you reap the benefits of getting fit, you will also save money on gas. Obviously, if you decide to ride and run your errands do it on a day when you’re not in a hurry.

• Exercise at home with streaming classes. There are online services that allow people to exercise from the comfort of their home. Again, consult a doctor before beginning a new fitness routine!

• If you don’t have the option for online streaming you can also rent videos from your local library and work out earlier or later in your day.

• Do a 10-minute high intensity interval training routine first thing in the morning or at night.

• If you prefer to workout with people but don’t want to pay the cash, join a Meetup group that holds free exercise classes.

Cancer is a scary diagnosis to face. And there is a lot about cancer that we still don’t know and fully understand. Fortunately, we are living in a moment in time where science, research, and cumulative data are giving doctors and researchers more tools to inform and arm patients with for the long run.

Vegan Diet Dangers

Vegan Diet Isn't As Healthy As You Think
There are a number of different diets that people are trying out these days: Paleo, Gluten free, Whole 30 and the vegan diet to name a few. Out of all of these diets the vegan diet seems to get the most flack. There is a joke that goes a little like this “how will you know a vegan? They will tell you!” To be fair, most people become vegans for wonderful reasons. Those reasons include: a love for animals, a dislike of eating animal proteins, protesting the treatment of animals at food processing plants, and a genuine desire to be healthy. So this makes one ask the following question: is the vegan diet as healthy as people think?

There are certain vitamins and minerals that we receive via our daily diet. We know that spinach has iron, meat has B12, and the list goes on. What happens when people follow a vegan diet is that certain vitamins and minerals that would be ingested through different animal protein sources are willingly removed from the diet. Typically people who follow a vegan diet find themselves taking vitamins to balance out deficiencies that will occur because of the change to their diet.

Everyone’s body is different. There are definitely some people whose bodies react positively to a vegan diet. Or, even a diet with meat, or milk products. Each person’s body is a little bit different so it’s important for people to consult with their doctors to make sure that they are eating in a way that is healthy for their body.Have you seen a fat vegetarian or vegan and wondered-how is that possible? It’s possible because a lot of the foods that vegans/vegetarians eat are highly processed. If you’ve ever taken a moment to look at the frozen foods aisle in the vegetarian/vegan section you’ll see that a large number of items offered are breaded.

Also, many people following these diets don’t know how to prepare food as well as they would need too in order to create fresh and healthy meals minus processed protein sources. This issue is an extension of normal eating habits in the U.S. Most people are eating a fairly large amount of convenience food items in their daily diet-vegans are no exception.

Many people following a vegan diet rely too much on soy-based products. In some studies soy has been shown to mask the symptoms of hypothyroidism, and people worry that current soy is so genetically modified that there can’t be the same amount of health benefit and nutrition received from a soy-based product.

Regardless of how you feel about soy, animals, and vegetables, any diet that you decide to follow should take into account your body’s needs. People wishing to change their diet drastically should take the time to learn about nutrition and the different types of food that will nourish their bodies in a healthy and sustainable way. Likewise, anyone altering their diet drastically should take the time to visit their doctor and consult with a nutritionist to make sure that they are doing their due diligence and managing their food intake so that they remain healthy over the long run.

More Sleep Increases Libido in Men and Women

More Sleep Increases Libido in Men and Women
Many people do not realize that the amount of sleep they get each night can determine their sex drive. Robert Thayer, PhD, a professor of psychology at California State University believes that the combination of low energy and increased tension caused by lack of sleep leads to sexual dysfunction. Chronic sleep loss takes a heavy toll on a person’s sex life, but more sleep increases libido and can reverse the trend.

Recent research from the University of Michigan, the Sleep Disorders and Research Center in Detroit and Kent State University have found that an additional hour of sleep might go a long way towards increasing your libido. Researcher David Kalmback and his colleagues found that study participants who slept for longer periods of time reported greater “next-day sexual desire.” A one-hour increase in sleep length corresponded with a 14 percent increase in the likelihood the study participant would engage in a sexual activity with their partner the next day.

So what can you do to increase the chances that you’ll get the recommended amount of sleep each night? Here are some tips from the National Sleep Foundation.

Have A Schedule For Laying Down And Waking Up

Sticking to the same bedtime and waking up at the same time each morning helps condition your body to when you should be sleeping. Over time, the schedule will modify your body’s clock to help you fall asleep faster and help you avoid wasting time in bed trying to get to sleep. It will also help you stay asleep longer and improve the quality of your sleep.

Create A Bedtime Ritual

Partaking in a relaxing ritual just before bed creates a greater separation between a frantic day and time to sleep. The activity should allow you to remain relatively still and relaxed to prepare your body for sleep. A warm bubble bath before bed is a perfect example of this concept.

Revamp Your Sleeping Area

Sometimes people have trouble sleeping because their sleeping environment is not optimal for sleeping comfortably. Your sleeping environment should be free of light and free from any noise that can disturb your sleep. The optimal temperature for a sleeping environment is between 60 and 67 degrees. Your mattress should be comfortable and supportive and your pillows should cradle your head.

Choose A Comfortable Sleeping Position

You’re more likely to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer if you choose a comfortable position to sleep in. Your sleeping position should not put pressure on your hips or shoulders and should elevate your head slightly above the rest of your body. If you find yourself tossing and turning all night, it may indicate a problem with the mattress or pillows you’re using.

Things To Avoid Before Sleep

It is important to avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine before bedtime because they are all stimulants that will make it harder for you to fall asleep. Heavy meals and spicy foods should also be avoided. Electronic light from televisions, smartphones, and laptops are designed to stimulate the brain, so they should be avoided starting at least one hour before you plan on going to sleep.

Does Money Mean Better Hospital Treatment?

Does Money Mean Better Hospital Treatment?
Hospitals around the country seem to be focusing their attentions on attracting wealthy patients. Amenities are being added to hospitals that were formerly only found in luxury hotels. High thread count linens, marble in the bathrooms, and concierge service have been added to hundreds of hospitals located near to wealthy enclaves.

All of these added amenities add to the costs of a hospital stay. The new penthouse floor of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital has $2,400 a day suites. At Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Eleven West wing, the best room costs $1,600 a day. According to Mount Sinai’s director of hospitality, the 19-room unit takes in $3.5 million a year.

So, does money mean better hospital treatment? The answer appears to be both yes and no.Having a lot of money increases the attention paid to the patient. They generally have more specialists and doctors coordinating their treatment than those of lesser means. Their security becomes the highest priority, even if it inconveniences other patients at the hospital. Ordinary patients of the Lenox Hill Hospital complained of having their movements restricted and coping with increased security when Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) and Beyoncé Knowles arrived at the hospital for the birth of their daughter.

Having a lot of money also increases the comfort the patient will feel during their hospital stay. A menu available to patients in the luxury wing of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital includes Angus burgers, scaloppini piccata, and prime New York strip steak. Patients can relax in the soaring ninth floor atrium surrounded by a waterfall, a grand piano and the image of a giant orchid. Many American hospitals now offer a V.I.P. amenities floor with a dedicated chef and lavish services designed solely for the comfort of the patients.

However, the money factor may lead to worse medical care in the long run. Increased access and attention don’t always translate into better medical outcomes. Even when it is not an emergency situation and doctors have the time to think clearly, they still make mistakes when dealing with celebrities and high net worth individuals. Fame can mean star-struck doctors and nurses, leading to important things being overlooked.

Wealthy patients are regularly subjected to more testing, even though all of the testing being performed may not be necessary. This can be due to patients uneducated in the medical profession demanding tests that they read about in the news or that were suggested to them by other people. For fear of alienating the patient, the medical teams perform the tests, add them to the bill, and keep their mouths shut.

Doctors treating high profile patients may be thinking about their reputation, distracting them from doing all of the right things for a patient. There are generally multiple doctors treating a single patient, which can sometimes interfere with medical decision-making and lead to diagnostic delays and mistakes. There is also an increased risk of the medical team not following established protocols for fear of the patient’s discomfort.

How Long Do Rich People Live?

How Long Do Rich People Live?
Sometimes it feels like rich people may have won the metaphorical lottery. In addition to being wealthy, there is evidence that clearly shows that wealthy people are living longer as a direct result of their wealth.

Wealthy people have access to a number of resources that help them manage the risks in their lives better than those who are without those resources. Wealthy people have access to preventative medicine. Preventative medicine is one of the keys controlling the possibility of contracting illness that affect longevity. Going for regular check ups, having your eye health examined, and getting your teeth cleaned are some of the preventive care related tasks that the wealthy are able to manage with relative ease. Numerous health related surveys have shown that certain populations have a higher likelihood of hypertension, stroke, or diabetes-all known to either debilitate the person that these illnesses strike or even cause death in some cases.

Access to ongoing medical care is another way the rich are able to live longer. When they are struck by illness, they are able to go the doctor and manage their illnesses better. Wealthy individuals can purchase health insurance that provides access to experimental treatments, homeopathic care, and medicines that would otherwise be too expensive to purchase without insurance.Wealthy people also seem to engage in fewer of the activities or habits that are considered to increase the risk of death such as smoking and excessive drinking. Smoking increases people’s risk of death by cancer or stroke. Excessive drinking has also been shown to increase death risk.

People who live in higher crime areas have higher rates of death due to violence at younger ages. Numerous studies have observed that having a lower income can adversely affect your life due to stress, health, and where you live.

Wealth enables people to proactively manage their health, plan for long-term care, and choose where they live. Proactive management of one’s health is an integral part of increasing the possibility of living a longer and healthier life. This is the unspoken benefit of being wealthy.

In 2010, the Affordable Health Medical Care Act, or Obamacare, was passed by Congress after a bitter battle concerning the bill’s cost to implement and manage across the 50 United States. Because of this bill millions of poorer Americans now have access to ongoing and preventative medical care. Preventative appointments covered by Obamacare include the following: prenatal services, some mental health related visits, and annual checkups that typically include: gynecological visits and more. Regardless of which side of the issue you find yourself, no one can argue that the number of people covered by some level of insurance has increased since the law’s implementation.

Many physicians, politicians, and advocacy groups are watching with great interest to see if having a comprehensive level of health care access makes a difference in longevity statistics and quality of life related measures over time. In order to measure the affect of the law accurately, it will likely take several years of data to create an accurate evaluation of the affect of the law on people’s longevity.