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Cancer, Diabetes, Exercise, Fitness, Health Studies
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Twenty Minutes That Can Save Your Life

If you are in good shape, you may not think you need to exercise. But research conducted by the University of Cambridge and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that you are twice as likely to die from not getting enough exercise as from being obese. Fortunately, a little exercise goes a long way in protecting your health. In fact, the study showed that just a 20-minute brisk walk every day can keep you well.

The researchers examined the health habits of more than 334,000 European men and women. They found the death rate was twice as high for those who did not exercise regularly, as those participants who were obese but inactive. The variable was the 20-minute daily walk, or a comparable cardiovascular activity on a daily basis. According to the study results, walking can reduce your risk of an early death by up to 30 percent.

Of course, obesity does cause major health risks. If your weight falls into the obese range, you are more likely to experience cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, gallstones, gallbladder disease, gout, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, breathing issues, and some cancers. For optimal health, your best bet is to maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.

When you spend 20 minutes walking briskly, you expend approximately 90 to 110 calories. Longer exercise sessions can help burn fat, but that 20-minimum basic program, adhered to every day, lowered the risk of premature death by a minimum of 16 percent, and as much as 30 percent. There are other benefits, as well. It reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and metabolic syndrome. Moderate regular exercise can also help you control your weight, regulate your sleep patterns, and strengthen your muscles and bones. It also delivers a boost to your mood, and helps eradicate depression.

Whether or not your weight is at an optimal level, take care of yourself with a 20-minute daily walk. It’s a regimen that delivers tremendous health benefits to people of every shape and size.

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Cancer, Diabetes, Exercise, Fitness, Health Studies
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Vitamin C as Effective as Exercise against Obesity-Related Health Complications

Physicians usually advise their overweight and obese patients to exercise daily. Despite the fact we all know exercise can improve our health, about one-third of people are not physically active (and that figure may be underestimated).  Because of poor eating habits and lack of exercise, overweight people are at an elevated risk of blood vessel constriction, and ultimately, cardiovascular disease. However, a new study indicates there may be another approach to reducing heart disease in overweight patient, supplementation with vitamin C.

Caitlin Down, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was lead researcher on the vitamin C study. For three months, subjects in the study were divided into two groups. One took vitamin C supplements, and the other participated in aerobic exercise training. The subjects who took vitamin C did not lose weight, but monitoring of their forearm blood flow and their response to an intra-arterial infusion of endothelin-1 before and after each intervention showed an improvement in vascular health.  The dose of 500 milligrams of vitamin C created a benefit equivalent to exercise, particularly walking.

Morbidly obese people are known to be deficient in vitamin D, but there has been little research into other potential nutritional deficiencies until a study conducted in Norway. In two public hospitals, 168 morbidly obese patients were surveyed, and the results showed that vitamin C deficiency was prevalent. In addition to the vitamin C deficiencies, people who are morbidly obese are vulnerable to chronic illnesses such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and a variety of inflammatory diseases, as well as heart disease.

Research published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology (Tokyo) proves that, because of its antioxidant properties, vitamin C has beneficial effects in the following obesity-related areas:

  • Modulating adipocyte lipolysis
  • Regulating the glucocorticoid release from adrenal glands
  • Inhibiting glucose metabolism and leptin secretion on isolated adipocytes
  • Leading to an improvement in hyperglycemia and decrease glycosylation in those who have diabetes
  • Reducing inflammatory response.

While it continues to be important for every person, of any body size, to participate in daily exercise, these studies demonstrate the value of supplement with vitamin C. It is useful to work with a natural health practitioner to determine how much vitamin C you may need. As a rule of thumb, the sicker you are, the greater your need for supplementation with vitamin C.

 

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Cancer, Disease, Health Studies
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This Oil Cuts Breast Cancer Risk

There is some exciting news in the battle against cancer, and it comes from a study in Spain. The research concluded that adding just 4 spoons of extra virgin olive oil to your daily diet reduces your risk of breast cancer by 66 percent. At a time when cancer treatments often cause as much damage as healing, it is encouraging to find another arrow to put in your quiver of preventive measures.

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Cancer, Digestion, Disease, Health Studies
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Stomach Ulcers and Cancer

The stomach plays an important role in digestion. It receives and further breaks down the food we have chewed (at this point referred to as bolus), getting it ready so that nutrients can be absorbed from it in the small intestine.  Among the things that can go wrong in the digestive system are stomach ulcers and stomach cancer, and scientists have discovered there is often a causal relationship. Cancer can occur as a result of mutations in the cells that line the stomach. This risk factors include age (people over 55 are more apt to develop stomach cancer), gender (males are more vulnerable), smoking, genetics and diet choices. Finally, stomach cancer is closely correlated with the bacterial infection Helicobacter pylori, which is responsible for many stomach ulcers.

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Why Do Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is now the number one cancer in the world, and it is also the most common cause of cancer deaths, according to the World Health Organization. While 85 to 90 percent of Americans who die of lung cancer are smokers, an estimated 15,000 of Americans who die from the disease have never smoked. Clearly, other factors play a role in the development of this disease.

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Cancer, Diabetes, Diet, Digestion, Foods, Health Studies
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8 Reasons to Eat Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is not just for kids. The protein and healthy oils in peanut butter make it an excellent food for everyone, with the exception of the one percent of the population that is highly allergic to peanuts. Peanut butter can help with weight loss, diabetes, and can even lower your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Cancer, Diet, Disease
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High Dose Vitamin C Kills Colorectal Cancer Cells

Vitamin C was one of the first antioxidants to be discovered. In fact, it is known as the grandfather of antioxidants . For over twenty years, Dr. Ronald Hunninghake has conducted research on the administration of high doses of vitamin C for cancer patients.  In the time since he began his work, other researchers have also completed important studies.  A recent study demonstrated that vitamin C can help fight colorectal cancer.

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Shocking New Theory in the Mysterious Deaths of Holistic Doctors

Since July of this year, the alternative health community has been speculating about the mysterious deaths of a number of holistic health doctors and practitioners. Twelve people have died thus far under suspicious circumstances. Now a shocking new theory has been put forth to explain a possible motive in the deaths.

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50+ Health Conditions, Aging, Cancer, Degenerative Diseases, Diabetes, Disease
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How Probiotics Fight Disease

Probiotics, the good bacteria present in yogurt cultures, are known to aid digestion. But scientists have discovered that these valuable bacteria do more than just support intestinal health . They now know probiotics offer a whole range of health benefits.

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Cancer, Degenerative Diseases, Diabetes, Diet, Disease, Health Studies, Healthy Foods
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The Healthiest Fat You Can Eat

Nutritionists have been evolving in their assessment of fats in the diet. There are several schools of thought, and people disagree about animal fats, seed oils, and other sources of fat. But almost all health experts agree on the benefits of extra virgin olive oil.

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