Broccoli,  I choose you!

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Imagine this. You’re at a buffet table and you see several types of foods displayed. There are donuts, cakes, oranges, bananas, broccoli, celery, cheese and crackers. What do you choose?

If you are used to a SAD diet (Standard American Diet), you probably chose the cake, a few donuts and a wedge of orange. Why?  Because our taste buds are conditioned to want sweets.
So why won’t broccoli be a first choice?
Some people avoid broccoli and other green stuff in general because they are not usually sugary sweet. In fact many assume that green foods do not taste good.  I’ve even heard someone compare broccoli to a miniature tree and eating it seemed absurd.

My love affair with broccoli started when I had the opportunity to enjoy a well made broccoli dish. It was  seasoned with salt and pepper and tender but with a slight crunch. I instantly changed my perception of broccoli and how good it could be.  It also led me to create my own unique broccoli recipes.

Why should you try it?
It’s 100% natural so you don’t have to worry about ingredients you can’t pronounce.  It’s green and you’ve probably heard by now that green foods are good for you. And what’s more, it’s full of cancer fighting compounds.

Not only would I choose the broccoli for the reasons above, I would choose it because I know that my body would feel better after my meal. Foods with added sugar are known to be acidic in nature causing heartburn and inflammation in the body. Broccoli, on the other hand is alkaline.

I’m not prefect and have a sweet tooth sometimes. I will have the ocasional sugary snack. But I always remember to neutralize my body back optimal conditions with alkaline foods like broccoli or my current favorite, green tea. So the next time you come across a buffet table with lots of varieties of foods, ask yourself one question.  Where’s the broccoli?

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Aspirin: The effect on pancreatic cancer

A new study has just surfaced stating that aspirin is linked to a lower risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Since aspirin reduces inflammation, one can only conclude that reducing inflammation reduces pancreatic cancer cells from taking over. 

What is inflammation, you may ask?
It is a natural event that occurs in the body when a damage or injury is being repaired. If an organ is inflamed, it means that it swells up as part of its healing process. The body recruits special cells to the part of the body that needs attention and it swells up to protect it from whatever is causing the damage be it irritation or a foreign body. 

 
What does this all mean?
As the study suggests, taking a simple aspirin causes reduction or elimination of pancreatic cancer cells. This means that not only is inflammation a step in the pancreatic cancer development process, step one in the development of the disease must be irritation of the pancreas or some sort of damage that would trigger inflammation as a response. If the irritation were removed, the inflammation which when uncontrolled leads to full blown disease would be eliminated. 
 
Now Aspirin itself, as with any other pharmaceutical, is not without side effects. So even though it does help to decrease inflammation, it should be taken with caution. Better yet, eat one of the numerous foods that have been shown to reduce inflammation. It then becomes a win-win situation.
 

Green tea for the win!

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Just when you thought you knew all the benefits of green tea from the news and everyone around you including your mom, a new study pops up. Some researchers in Los Angeles recently reported that the active component of green tea called EGCG was shown to slow down the growth of pancreatic cancer cells! According to them, EGCG acted specifically on an enzyme, LDHA, to suppress its action in cancer metabolism. This action reduced the effect of LDHA and the rate at which the cancer cells grew.

Imagine what would happen if green tea were added to a daily diet.

 

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-benefits-of-green-tea

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140530133214.htm

 

Anti Cancer Spicy Curry Medley

Since I write and talk a lot about food and the amazing way they protect and heal the body, It makes sense for me to walk the walk by sharing one of my personal favorite recipes. I call it the Spicy curry medley.

You’ll need
A small bag of frozen broccoli and cauliflower
A small bag of mixed vegetables with corn, peas and carrots
Two table spoons of curry powder
Half a table spoon of jalapeno/canyene pepper powder
Two table spoons of olive oil
Three table spoons of water
Half a teaspoon of salt
Half a teaspoon of your favorite flavor enhancer (accent or bouillon)

Pour the water and olive oil into a large skillet or frying pan and turn the heat to medium low
Add the vegetables, curry and jalapeno powders, salt and flavor enhancer
Stir continuously
Add more water if it dries up one tablespoon at a time
Cook until broccoli stem is tender with a slight crunch but not soggy
This should take about 5-7 minutes
For added sweetness, add a pinch of sugar

Add more or less of the ingredients to suit your personal taste.

Now for the science stuff. Most of the ingredients in my favorite anti cancer meal have been researched and are known to contain compounds that fight cancer.
Broccoli and Cauliflower contain luteolin, Olive oil has an abundance of squalene, curry is filled with curcumin, Jalapenos have capsaicin and peas contain coumestrol.

So create your own recipes and help your body feel better today!

Eat better. Feel better.

Fruits & veggies
“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”. Hippocrates said this centuries ago and it still rings true today. We intuitively know that natural foods are better for us. We call processed foods junk. We call home prepared foods a meal. We sometimes feel guilty for not eating enough whole foods. We count the number of cups of vegetable we get per day or week. So if we know what works, why are we not eating better?
The main benefit of a better diet is feeling good. It is clear that a diet consisting of a variety of natural food sources have significant health benefits. The body responds positively to all the nutrients in the various colorful foods found on our planet. Each food supplies necessary minerals and vitamins needed to improve body function and get rid of any abnormalities. Do your research. A lot of ailments can also be prevented by having a proper diet. 
But its so difficult to eat well you may say? And I don’t have the time to cook.
Is it easier to feel better or worse? Is it easier to grab a bag of chips or a bunch of grapes? Cooking should not be a chore it should be a part of everyday living. If good health is wealth then a lot are living in abject poverty despite having money in the bank. There are lots of cookbooks out there that have made life much easier. Many meals can be created in minutes. Many meals that don’t require heat. Like many, I don’t like spending too much time cooking a meal myself but find many meals I can make in less than 30 minutes. And I love the good feeling I get after a healthy meal.

Pancreatic cancer: Prevent it NOW

Pancreatic cancer is on the rise. It is said to become the second leading cancer-related cause of death by 2030. These predictions are astounding. The dismal early detection rates and low survival rates makes this really bad news.
Currently only 5% survive to their five year anniversary. Which means that 95% of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer lose their lives regardless if what type of therapy they use. Few cancers have this saddening statistic. 

So what do we do now?
One word. Prevention! As many researchers have suggested, pancreatic cancer can be prevented with many compounds in food. We intuitively know that better food equals better health. Now that there’s scientific evidence that whole foods can alter the body’s chemistry positively, there’s no reason not to incorporate these foods into our diet immediately.

Perspectives for cancer prevention with natural compounds
Dietary polyphenol quercetin targets pancreatic cancer stem cells
Ellagic acid induces apoptosis through inhibition of nuclear factor κB in pancreatic cancer cells
Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) alters the expression profiles of microRNAs in human pancreatic cancer cells