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Balanced blood sugar helps us to regulate overall energy levels, keep total weight in check, and prevent cravings that can lead to overeating. It is something we should all pay attention to on a daily basis as we strive for lifelong transformation, one healthy habit at a time™.

Outlined below are some daily habits and healthy regimens from that may help regulate your blood sugar.

1) Eat six times daily. According to Harvard Health, this is critical when it comes to balancing blood sugar. Meals that are more frequent (every 2-3 hours) can help you with taking the weight off, controlling hunger, reducing blood insulin, and lowering cholesterol.

2) Balanced meals are important. On a daily basis, it’s important to eat meals that contain select vegetables and the right amount of protein, as this provides good nutrition that will help you feel full while keeping blood sugar levels within normal ranges.

3) Keep moving. Exercise and movement also help to normalize blood sugar and promote weight maintenance. Try to work in 30 minutes of light to moderate exercise, such as walking, yoga, or Pilates per day. You’ll see, and feel the difference.

4)Sleep is critical. Individuals with poor sleep habits may suffer from more erratic blood sugar levels. Aim for the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night to benefit your overall health and to keep your body fresh.

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9 Recipes that Embrace the Bone Broth Trend

8 Things Bone Broth Can Do for Your Body

1. Heal and seal your gut. A cup of bone broth a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome, but it's also good for protecting non-leaky guts, according to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements. The gelatin in the bones typically used for making broth (such as knuckles, feet, and other joints) is said to help seal up holes in intestines. (People who have leaky gut syndrome have porous intestinal lining.) This "patching" can help ease chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.

2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements has long been used as a first line of treatment for people with joint pain, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine, too. Unlike pills, the broth offers other nutritional and health benefits that can help reduce pain. Chondroitin sulfate, which is found in the cartilage that protects joints, for example, has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

3. Look younger. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen, which is also naturally occurring in the body as a joint protector and stabilizer. Experts are torn on whether the skin-firming, joint-strengthening benefits of ingesting collagen are there, but studies have shown an improvement in skin's elasticity and fine lines from collagen supplements. (Learn more about whether you should be adding collagen to your diet.)

4. Sleep better. Research has shown that glycine, found in bone broth, may help improve sleep and ward off fatigue.

5. Support healthy immune system. Because of bone broth's high concentration of minerals, Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, goes as far as to call bone broth a "superfood" that can strengthen your immune system. (Maybe your grandma was right about feeding you endless bowls of chicken soup when you got sick.)

6. Increase bone strength. The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seep out into the broth, leaving you to sip all those essential nutrients for your own healthy bones.

7. Supplement your diet. While bone broth cannot (and should not) be your means for essential nutrients like amino acids, if you don't regularly eat meat, it can help supply amino acids from animal protein via bones. Amino acids are important for muscle recovery and energy—two key pieces of your fitness performance.

8. Eat healthier. While the bone broth trend might have started with drinkable broth in a cup, there are many other ways you can eat and cook with bone broth. Check out some of the smart ideas, here:

How to Eat Bone Broth

1. Drink it straight up. Pour it into a thermos and take it on your commute.
2. Use it to make grains. When cooking your favorite ancient grain, such as quinoa or farro, use bone broth instead of water.
3. Freeze for later use. Pour bone broth into ice cube trays and freeze. You'll have individually portioned broth at the ready.
4. Make soup. This is a tried-and-true way to use bone broth. Start from scratch (when possible) or use store-bought bone broth as the base for any soup or stew.

How to Make Bone Broth

So I headed off to my local supermarket only to find they had no bones. The local butcher was able to help me out some, but then he recommended I try the Asian food market. I found out that the best way to make bone broth is with the boniest bones you can find, like beef knuckles, chicken necks, oxtails, soup bones and, of course, tiny, creepy feet. Once you get the bones, making a basic broth is simple: Cram them all into a crockpot with whatever vegetables and herbs you have lying around, add water to the top, and boil on low for 24 to 72 hours. It will smell wonderful and you'll end up with a nutritious drink—or if all else fails, a delicious soup base. (In fact, these nine bone broth–based soup recipes are a great place to start.) Reap the health benefits of this trendy food with 8 delicious bone broth-based recipes from top food bloggers. From crispy ramen soup to a rich vegetable beef broth, you'll find a filling and nutritious recipe for every kind of savory soup craving.

[08/09/18]   Cancer prevention: The diet, exercise, and weight connection

How does your weight affect your cancer risk?
As your weight increases, your insulin levels increase. This may be why obese patients have an increased risk of developing colon cancer and also a higher likelihood that their colon cancer will come back.

Obese patients also have a much higher risk of breast cancer and cancer recurrence, likely because obese patients have much higher estrogen levels. Estrogen is the driving force behind two-thirds of the postmenopausal breast cancer we treat. Fat cells convert cholesterol molecules to estrogen. The additional estrogen causes a hormonal imbalance, which can stimulate cell growth and division, increasing the chance of mutations developing.

But how do you know if you’re overweight or obese? You can use an online calculator to check your body mass index (BMI). Aim for a BMI of 25 or lower for optimal health. If your BMI is 30 or higher, you are considered obese and should see your physician to develop a weight management plan.

Healthy diet tips
When we start to gain weight, it can be hard to get back on track. You may be inclined to cut your calories. It makes sense, right? Fewer calories equal less weight?

Actually, you can’t lose a significant amount of weight just by dieting. When you cut back your food intake, you will lose some weight in the beginning, which can make you feel like you’re on the right track. But if you don’t eat appropriately, the weight loss will quickly plateau. Your body’s “caveman” instincts will kick in, and your body will hang on to your calories instead of burning them.

This process slows down your metabolic rate; that means you’ll burn fewer calories, and you’ll be right back where you started – taking in more calories than you burn.

Eating for healthy weight loss and weight maintenance can be frustrating at first. But what it comes down to is eating a well-balanced diet of whole, nutritious foods:

Whole-grains: Foods in this group generally contain less sugar and more fiber than their white flour counterparts.

Fruit: Choose fruits rich in antioxidants, including oranges, blueberries, strawberries, and prunes. Research is underway to determine the connection between antioxidants and cancer prevention; regardless, the vitamins and fiber in fruit are key to a healthy diet.

Vegetables: Leafy, green vegetables – including kale, spinach, asparagus, and broccoli – are high in vitamins and fiber and are more filling than junk food. They also have anti-inflammatory properties. Research continues on the link between chronic inflammation and certain types of cancer.

Lean protein: Opt for fish (which is high in omega-3s), beans, or lean cuts of quality meat instead of processed meats like bacon or lunch meat.

Water: Swap water for soda, and shoot for 64 ounces (8 glasses) per day. Doing so keeps you hydrated and can keep you from drinking – and even eating – extra calories. Often when we feel hungry, we’re actually just thirsty.

Remember that none of us is perfect. If you try to completely avoid a food you love, such as chocolate, you may wind up overdoing it if you give in and have some. Occasional treats are fine, as long as you enjoy them sometimes, and not every day.

Exercise tips for weight loss
To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. The only way to do that is to add exercise to your daily routine. Exercise increases your metabolism, which will help you burn more calories throughout the day. Exercise also builds muscle, and the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn for any activity.

If you aren’t already following an exercise plan, start with walking. It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor before starting a workout plan to make sure you aren’t setting yourself up for injury.

After your doctor visit, here’s a walking plan to get started:

Week 1: Walk 10 to 15 minutes daily
Week 2: Walk 15 to 20 minutes daily
Week 3: Walk 20 to 25 minutes daily
Week 4: Walk 25 to 30 minutes daily

Every week, add a few minutes and pick up the pace. Your goal after four to six weeks should be to walk 35 to 40 minutes at a brisk pace, five days each week. It sounds like a big commitment and a lot of work, so grab a neighbor, loved one, or furry friend to join you. Having a workout buddy can help take your mind off the exercise and gives you a chance to enjoy the outdoors and conversation.

For even more fun, challenge your family or co-workers to see who can take the most steps in a day. Using a pedometer (you can find inexpensive step-counters online and in local stores for $10 or less), track the number of steps you take daily for a month. The person with the most steps at the end of the month gets a (non-food) reward. Adding a bit of rivalry can be a good motivator, especially if there’s a really great prize at stake!

If you’re actively working toward a fitness goal, such as losing weight or running a 5K, you may find it helpful to use a fitness app. There are many available – many are even free – and they offer a wide range of tracking options, such as calorie intake and miles walked or run. Some apps even offer friendly competitions between you, your friends, and other app users across the country. That sense of community can help boost your confidence and increase your accountability as you work toward your goals.

Tracking your routine with a mobile app makes it easy to share your activities and progress with your physician. Together, you can review your routine and find areas for improvement to help you stay on track and achieve your goals.

[08/07/18]   Some helpful benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D can lift moods and strengthen bones

Not only does vitamin D play a crucial role in the absorption of calcium, but it can stave off osteoporosis, which can be a risk for people with RA. It also protects those susceptible to seasonal affective disorder from becoming depressed.

Vitamin D and chronic pain

A lack of vitamin D may play a role in chronic pain caused by a variety of conditions. Research has indicated vitamin D deficiency may be implicated in musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathy, migraine, and inflammation.

Vitamin D can help you manage chronic pain

It's common for people who live with chronic pain to have a vitamin D deficiency. Many doctors routinely check their patients for their levels of vitamin D and often recommend vitamin D supplements as part of a treatment plan. Getting more vitamin D may help you to gradually get partial pain relief and improved mood 07/17/2018

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Cancer diagnosis: 11 tips for coping

Learning that you have cancer is a difficult experience. After your cancer diagnosis, you may feel anxious, afraid or overwhelmed and wonder how you can cope during the days ahead. Here are 11 suggestions for coping with a cancer diagnosis.

Get the facts about your cancer diagnosis

Try to obtain as much basic, useful information about your cancer diagnosis as you need in order to make decisions about your care.

Write down your questions and concerns beforehand and bring them with you. Consider asking:

What kind of cancer do I have?
Where is the cancer?
Has it spread?
Can my cancer be treated?
What is the chance that my cancer can be cured?
What other tests or procedures do I need?
What are my treatment options?
How will the treatment benefit me?
What can I expect during treatment?
What are the side effects of the treatment?
When should I call the doctor?
What can I do to prevent my cancer from recurring?
How likely are my children or other family members to get cancer?
Consider bringing a family member or friend with you to your first few doctor appointments to help you remember what you hear.

You might also want to consider how much you want to know about your cancer. Some people want all the facts and details, so they can be very involved in the decision-making process. Others prefer to learn the basics and leave details and decisions to their doctors. Think about which approach works best for you. Let your health care team know what you'd prefer.

Keep the lines of communication open

Maintain honest, two-way communication with your loved ones, doctors and others after your cancer diagnosis. You may feel particularly isolated if people try to protect you from bad news or if you try to put up a strong front. If you and others express emotions honestly, you can all gain strength from each other.

Anticipate possible physical changes

Now — after your cancer diagnosis and before you begin treatment — is the best time to plan for changes. Prepare yourself now so that you'll be better able to cope later.

Ask your doctor what changes you should anticipate. If drugs will cause hair loss, advice from image experts about clothing, makeup, wigs and hairpieces may help you feel more comfortable and attractive. Insurance often helps pay for wigs, prostheses and other adaptive devices.

Members of cancer support groups may be particularly helpful in this area and can provide tips that have helped them and others.

Also consider how treatment will impact your daily activities. Ask your doctor whether you can expect to continue your normal routine. You may need to spend time in the hospital or have frequent medical appointments. If your treatment will require a leave of absence from your normal duties, make arrangements for this.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

This can improve your energy level. Choose a healthy diet consisting of a variety of foods and get adequate rest in order to help you manage the stress and fatigue of the cancer and its treatment.

Exercise and participating in enjoyable activities also may help. Recent data suggest that people who maintain some physical exercise during treatment not only cope better but also may live longer.

Let friends and family help you

Often friends and family can run errands, provide transportation, prepare meals and help you with household chores. Learn to accept their help. Accepting help gives those who care about you a sense of making a contribution at a difficult time.

Also encourage your family to accept help if it's needed. A cancer diagnosis affects the entire family and adds stress, especially to the primary caregivers. Accepting help with meals or chores from neighbors or friends can go a long way in preventing caregiver burnout.

Review your goals and priorities

Determine what's really important in your life. Find time for the activities that are most important to you and give you the most meaning.

If needed, try to find a new openness with loved ones. Share your thoughts and feelings with them. Cancer affects all of your relationships. Communication can help reduce the anxiety and fear that cancer can cause.

Try to maintain your normal lifestyle

Maintain your normal lifestyle, but be open to modifying it as necessary. Take one day at a time. It's easy to overlook this simple strategy during stressful times. When the future is uncertain, organizing and planning may suddenly seem overwhelming.

Consider how your diagnosis will impact your finances

Many unexpected financial burdens can arise as a result of a cancer diagnosis. Your treatment may require time away from work or an extended time away from home. Consider the additional costs of medications, medical devices, traveling for treatment and parking fees at the hospital.

Many clinics and hospitals keep lists of resources to help you financially during and after your cancer treatment. Talk with your health care team about your options.

Questions to ask include:

Will I have to take time away from work?
Will my friends and family need to take time away from work to be with me?
Will my insurance pay for these treatments?
Will my insurance cover the cost of medications?
How much will my out-of-pocket costs be?
If insurance won't pay for my treatment, are there assistance programs that can help?
Do I qualify for disability benefits?
How does my diagnosis affect my life insurance?
Talk to other people with cancer

Sometimes it will feel as if people who haven't experienced a cancer diagnosis can't fully understand how you're feeling. It may help to talk to people who have been in your situation. Other cancer survivors can share their experiences and give you insight into what you can expect during treatment.

You may have a friend or family member who has had cancer. Or you can connect with other cancer survivors through support groups. Ask your doctor about support groups in your area or contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Online message boards also bring cancer survivors together. Start with the American Cancer Society's Cancer Survivors Network.

Fight stigmas

Some old stigmas associated with cancer still exist. Your friends may wonder if your cancer is contagious. Co-workers may doubt you're healthy enough to do your job, and some may withdraw for fear of saying the wrong thing. Many people will have questions and concerns.

Determine how you'll deal with others' behaviors toward you. By and large, others will take their cues from you. Remind friends that even if cancer has been a frightening part of your life, it shouldn't make them afraid to be around you.

Develop your own coping strategy

Just as each person's cancer treatment is individualized, so is the coping strategy. Ideas to try:

Practice relaxation techniques.
Share your feelings honestly with family, friends, a spiritual adviser or a counselor.
Keep a journal to help organize your thoughts.
When faced with a difficult decision, list the pros and cons for each choice.
Find a source of spiritual support.
Set aside time to be alone.
Remain involved with work and leisure activities as much as you can.
What comforted you through rough times before your cancer diagnosis is likely to help ease your worries now, whether that's a close friend, religious leader or a favorite activity that recharges you. Turn to these comforts now, but also be open to trying new coping strategies.

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