Let’s Get Nutty

949Raw nuts are a fantastic source of healthy fat. In a 30-year long study, results proved that people who ate one ounce of nuts at least seven times a week (when compared to people who didn’t eat nuts) decreased their mortality risk by 20%. Eating nuts reduces the death risk associated with cancer, heart disease and respiratory disease.*

Provide your body with the healthy fat it needs by incorporating more nuts into your diet. Almonds, walnuts and pistachio nuts are some of the healthiest (and tastiest) varieties!

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*http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/11/eating-nuts-reduces-risk-of-death/
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Watch Out for Toxic Fragrances

934Recent laboratory tests on 17 name brand fragrances (such as Bath & Body Works, Chanel, Old Spice, and Calvin Klein) proved unsettling; on average, each product had 14 chemicals that were not listed on the label. Common synthetic musks, parabens, and phthalates that were not listed on the labels of these fragrances can cause allergic reactions, reproductive problems and can disrupt hormones.*

Rather than run the risk of misting yourself with fragrances that contain unknown chemicals, consider making your own natural fragrances at home. In a clean spray bottle mix organic, sugar-free cooking vanilla with an essential oil of your choice. Experiment with oils like rose or lavender, shake and spritz!

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.drfranklipman.com/what-chemicals-should-you-look-out-for-in-your-personal-care-products/
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An Apple a Day

912Apples are one of the top-ranked fruits to eat for your health, thanks to their disease-fighting antioxidants and vitamins. Eating apples has been known to decrease the risk of chronic diseases like dementia, cancer, type 2 diabetes and even heart disease. High in fiber, apples also can help you keep off excess weight while fixing problems like constipation.*

For the best health benefits, consume whole apples (with their skin), rather than juicing them. Have fun experimenting with all of the different kinds of apples; currently there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide!

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/10-reasons-to-eat-an-apple-a-day
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More Melatonin for Your Health

899Melatonin is a hormone commonly linked to proper sleep, but did you know that it can help fight off cancer, diabetes and heart disease too? Melatonin increases “beige fat” which is a fat that promotes your body to burn calories rather than store them. Studies also find that melatonin calms reproductive hormones; and as a result, melatonin is being linked to protecting you against sex hormone driven cancers (like ovarian, breast and prostate cancer). *

Since turning on the lights stops your body’s production and release of melatonin, keep lights dim in the evening and completely off when you go to sleep. You can find melatonin in supplements, but for a natural dose, eat some cherries, which are packed with this healthy hormone.

Visit www.vitamanna.com to order the SleepManna supplement. SleepManna contains cherry which has natural melatonin.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.sleepfoundation.org/article/sleep-topics/melatonin-and-sleep
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Aspartame May Cause Leukemia

823Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998, Splenda seemed to be a healthy substitute to sugar. However, with more of the toxic chemical chlorine than aspartame, it has proven to be just the opposite. A study conducted on mice showed that Splenda caused Leukemia.*

Splenda (and other artificial sweeteners) can cause depression, weight gain, headaches and blurred vision. Avoid products (like diet sodas, juices and ice cream) that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda at all costs!

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Dr. Kim

*http://news.msn.com/us/splenda-goes-from-safe-to-caution-after-leukemia-found-in-mice
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Watch Out for Weak Cellphone Reception

777 copyWhen your cell phone is working in an area with weak reception it will compensate by transmitting more power, and therefore, more radiation. Doctors worry that the more radiation that gets absorbed into your body, the greater your risk for developing brain cancer or other tumors. Try to cut back your cell phone use, especially in areas of weak reception.*

Keep phone calls short and use speakerphone to keep your phone away from your body. Avoid storing your cell phone close to you (like in your pocket) and try to use alternate forms of communication (like text or email) whenever possible.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones
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Amazing Health Benefits of Olives

748Olive trees stand as a symbol of peace and happiness, and studies are showing that the olive is also a symbol of health. Not only are olives packed with vitamin E, fiber and healthy fats, but they also supply your body with much needed calcium and iron. Even olives’ skin is beneficial; it contains acid that can destroy cancer causing cells in your colon. Additionally, the antioxidant properties of olives can slow the death of cells in the brain (helping prevent the likelihood of diseases like Alzheimer’s).*

Olives come in a variety of colors and flavors; have fun experimenting with all of the healthy varieties. To make a delicious tapenade that you can spread on bread or veggies, combine chopped olives with a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice; stir and enjoy!

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*http://www.livestrong.com/article/331817-are-olives-healthy-to-eat/
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Keep Warm to Stay Healthy

742Research is proving that the risks of catching a cold can be attributed to being too cold. Just a few degrees of temperature difference can affect your immunity. For example, cancer cells die at 102 degrees Fahrenheit, however they thrive at 95 degrees Fahrenheit. By increasing your body temperature by just one degree, your overall immunity increases by 30%!*

Fight both the common cold and cancer by keeping your body warm. Because most of your heat escapes from your head and feet, be sure to wear hats and socks when needed. Additionally, you can increase your immunity with warmth from warm drinks and clothing.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111101130200.htm
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Awesome Avocados

1718Did you know the energy boosting Avocado is classified as a fruit? In addition to being packed with nutrients and healthy fat, potassium, folic acid, and vitamins E and B, studies have shown that in as little as one week avocados can lower your cholesterol. Along with this benefit, tests show that the avocados actually protect your liver from damage and can destroy oral cancer cells. Pair these health benefits with the rich and delicious taste, and you’ll understand why avocados are considered a super fruit.*

Enjoy avocados by substituting them for unhealthy fats like butter or mayonnaise in baked goods, desserts, sandwiches, even soups. When whipped, avocados also make a healthy and yummy baby food.

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Dr. Kim

*http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=5
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Exercise Lowers Cancer Risk

1593Studies suggest that physically active people have a 20% lower risk of developing cancer than their inactive peers. For example, women who have high estrogen levels have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. However, women can lower their estrogen levels, and their breast cancer risk, by exercising. Exercise also lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, helps you maintain a healthy weight and improves sleep, all of which are important for a healthy body.*

Incorporate more exercise into your day by biking to work, having a walking meeting or walking to your coworker’s desk rather than sending an email. At home, incorporate a walk around your neighborhood after dinner into your nightly routine.

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*https://www.fredhutch.org/en/events/healthy-living/Trim-Risk.html
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