Don’t Sit Down, Stand Up!
Sitting down might seem like a banal subject to bring up, but too much sitting can seriously hurt your health. Recent studies show that people who sit for most of their day are at as much as a 24 percent higher risk for colon and endometrial cancer. But for Americans who work at a desk, then relax at home, what strategies are available to get them on their feet?
Start by turning off the TV! Doctors think that patients who spend too much time watching television are at a much higher risk of developing cancer, so try visiting your local park instead of pizza and a game. If you live in an excessively hot or cold climate, and there isn’t much else to do for fun, try walking on your treadmill while viewing a favorite show.
Steam Your Greens
Articles often focus on the food products we consume and the ingredients served at dinner. But a hidden way of increasing the nutritional value of a meal is to watch how you prepare it.
A 2008 study by nutritional scientists in Italy showed that steaming, rather than boiling or microwaving broccoli prevents the helpful cancer-preventing properties of the vegetable from being leached off into the cooking water. Eating veggies raw or steamed is a great way to prevent a loss of nutritional intake – and make sure your body has the tumor-fighting fuel that it needs.
When we think of being outdoors in the sun, the word “cancer” usually clings in conjunction in a negative way – developing skin cancer from too much direct exposure, for instance.
But research tells us that a healthy amount of Vitamin D is a great prevention agent. 90 percent of the Vitamin D in your body comes from sunlight – not spending enough time in the sun can lead to a higher risk of multiple cancers, including breast, colon and stomach cancer. Remember, it only takes a few minutes outside to keep you healthy!
Future Research Possibilities
Peptides are currently being researched in the scientific community and have been shown to help with many different health conditions. Some specific peptides have been shown to help stimulate the body’s ability to metabolize fat and maintain energy. The peptide GHRP-2 promotes the bodys own natural production of growth hormone and other key biological processes which have been shown to be helpful in increasing metabolism and warding off long-term health disorders.
Scientific studies on animal research subjects have shown that GHRP-2 can lead to increased calcium bio-availability and reductions in overall body fat. The product is not approved for human use or consumption by the FDA.
Ladies, Relax in the Dark
So first you tell me to go outside in the sun, you think, and now you’re telling me to stay in the dark! What kind of contradictory health advice is this?
But for women, studies show that too much light in the bedroom may increase your risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Light can suppress melatonin which regulates the sleep cycle, and when your brain is producing melatonin , it wants you to sleep.
So have fun and enjoy your evening, but flip off that light when it’s time to slumber!