Just One Cup of Green Tea Daily Halves Ovarian Cancer Risk

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

Green tea consumption may help prevent ovarian cancer in women.  In a recent study scientists elevated the relationship between caffeine-containing beverages and ovarian cancer risk by comparing 781 women diagnosed with a primary invasive or borderline epithelial ovarian cancer and 1,262 women without the disease.  Women who consumed one or more cups of green tea per day experienced a 54% reduction in ovarian cancer risk compared with those who did not drink green tea. Those who reported drinking an average of less than one cup per day experienced a smaller reduction.  Green tea, which is commonly consumed in countries with low ovarian cancer incidence, should be further investigated for its cancer-prevention properties.  Because the disease is difficult to detect in its early, treatable stages and a foolproof screening test is not widely available an effective means of preventing the disease remains the only feasible approach to reduce ovarian cancer mortality.  Green tea has been used as a medicine in China for least 4,000 years.  Today the scientific research is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea.  The National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly 60% .  The University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.  The secret of green tea lies in the fact that it is rich in catechin polyphenols , particularly epigallocatechin gallate ( EGCG ).  EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant, besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.

 

Probiotics – Good for Your Gut

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

So you’ve seen the advertisement, grocery shelves are loaded with fortified yoghourts but what exactly are probiotics? Should you be taking them?

Pro=for life,biotics=bacteria, so essentially they are live bacteria that are good for life. The body has more bacteria in it than cells.In fact 10 x the amount. They are live non-toxic bacteria beneficial to human health and play a crucial role in  not only the gastro-intestinal system but overall health as well. There is research linking probiotics to improvements in digestion, nutrient absorption, intestinal repair, and immune health. They have also been linked to prevention of diseases and cancer, and increasing overall cardio vascular health.

Fermented foods are part of most cultures lifestyles; such as yoghourt,sauerkraut,miso,and tempeh.

Probiotics ferment dietary substances such as fiber that our bodies can’t normally digest. They act as a natural detoxification system for our bodies and can regulate and help with constipation..They stimulate and fortify the the body’s own natural defenses so are part of a good immune strengthening strategy. Hence they have been found to help reduce respiratory infections and treat and prevent travellers diarrhoea. They are useful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis. Also many women will get yeast infections  or diarrhea when prescribed an antibiotic, taking a supplement of probiotics can help prevent or reduce symptoms of diarrhoea, or yeast infections.

So what can reduce our natural host bacteria? Antibiotics, many chronic diseases,constipation,oral contraceptives,travel,aging,diet and food poisoning.

So how can you add probiotics to your diet? What supplements are available? adding fermented foods such as yoghurt are a good idea ,use organic and non sweetened when possible, or make your own. Supplements commonly contain popular species such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium.Make sure when buying supplements to look for guaranteed potency throughout the shelf life, human strains and exact species. Clinical research as well with that particular brand. There are now many strains available with different indications check with your health care provider for your specific concerns.

There are many benefits of probiotics and they play a crucial role in your health make sure you are getting enough.

 

Are You Too Acidic

Posted on July 15th, 2014 by

What is acidosis? What is an acid base balanced diet?

The modern day diet here in North America of primarily meat and grains creates a significant acid burden. Acids are produced normally as a result of normal metabolism. However our poor diet with a lack of alkaline green leafy vegetables and fruits causes hyperacidity where the amount of acids produced is more than normal. Combine that with stress, inflammation and toxins in our environment our body becomes acidic. Acidosis increases with age. Also as we age our kidneys do not eliminate acids as well. So many women have a low grade chronic acidosis.

What happens when our bodies become acidic? The body uses any buffering substances available to neutralise them because even small changes in pH (a measure of acidity and alkalinity) can be harmful. The lower the ph the more acidic the body becomes. So the body keeps Ph in our blood and other tissues within a narrow range. Acidosis or an acidic pH has been linked to risk ofchronic diseases including cancer and osteoporosis. To maintain a steady pH,alkaline salts of calcium are released from the bone, this can lead to osteoporosis and poor bone health. Acids are also stored in connective tissue and can cause inflammation.

How to measure your pH.Ask your pharmacist for a kit of pH papers and test either saliva or urine, urine is more accurate. Test over twenty four hours and record the results. The first reading is done in the morning with the first urinary void. An ideal range is between 6.2 to 7.4.The morning reading is normally more acidic and the evening one due to the kidneys eliminating overnight and during the day.

What can you do about acidosis? First it is important to change your diet. The ideal diet needs to be approximately 75% alkaline forming foods and the rest acidic. Are you getting your 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables? These foods are naturally alklanising.They have minerals such as potassium and magnesium which act as a buffer. Green leafy vegetables like spinach pack the greatest punch. Reduce your intake of acidic foods such as cheeses, cold meats and dairy. Excess protein diets above 75g a day has been found to generate a negative calcium balance. Of note is the fact that the highest rate of hip fractures occur in women who consume large amounts (60-80g) of animal protein daily. Exercise regularly and avoid stress as much as possible. Deep breathing helps as well.Also the use of an alkalinising supplement may help. This is a mineral supplement designed to bind and remove and neutralise excess acids. Simple sodium bicarbonate can be used and potassium citrate. Also a combination such as alkalinising powder containing a blend of potassium, magnesium and calcium carbonates can be used. Ask your local pharmacy to make this up for you. Alkaline broth with celery,spinach,and carrots and seaweed helps alkalinise the body, and remove toxins.A greens supplement is also a good idea.

So keep your car battery acidic and your body slightly alkaline.