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A Banana Day (Or Two) Keeps The Doctor Away

The majority of us nowadays ‘do not have the time’ to eat healthy anbanana_health_benefits_735_350-735x350d thus opt for fast food instead for healthy one, while the polls rank fruits and vegetables very low on the scale selection of food!

According to the scientists and nutritionists, it is not clear why most people in the West prefer such food to so great, amazing, beneficial, and above all, natural ingredients. The latter ingredients can provide us with all the materials we need to take in so that our body functions properly.

Let’s take bananas as an instance. this fruit is the favorite food of monkeys, and it is not surprising, because besides the fact that it tastes great, it is also very nutritious and it is a real treasure.

According to nutritionists, if you consume two bananas a day for a month, your health condition is going to become significantly improved.

Here is how and why:

– The amount of sodium in bananas is pretty low, and the amount of potassium is high, so this makes this fruit great for blood pressure and heart health regulation. Scientists have discovered that by consuming bananas every day, you reduce the risk of heart attack as much as 40 percent.

– Banana is great for people who have troubles with the digestive system, like constipation for example. Bananas are rich in fiber and that is why they are great for fast solving of your problems with the intestines.

– Every time you feel week or wearing, have a banana, as it will provide you with the much-needed energy. Moreover, bananas are a great choice for a snack, especially before exercising, so all athletes should regularly have bananas in their bag

– Bananas can help you when you experience heartburn, as they are a good source of antacid and can regulate this unpleasant condition

– In case your body lacks iron, bananas are an excellent option. Bananas contain substances that trigger the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin and considerably aid anemic people

– Bananas help when it comes to sore throat and coughs

– Bananas are abundant in tryptophan, a substance which is very important for our body,Banana-mask-2 as the body uses this substance to turn it into serotonin, the hormone of happiness. So, next time you feel bad or depressed, bring the bananas

– Researchers have discovered that students who consume a banana for breakfast, snack, or after lunch have a considerably higher level of concentration. This is due to the high presence of potassium in bananas, which triggers the brain and facilitates learning and memory

– Pregnant women should especially take care of their nutrition, and should know that bananas are great choice for them, because they are healthy, delicious food which will ease the burden that affects the most pregnant women. Also, bananas alleviate the morning sickness, due to the fact that they increase the levels of sugar in the blood

~ Ms. OMG

DIY Spa-toberfest Recipes

Beer-SpaDIY Spa-toberfest Recipes:

We would love to share these two DIY spa recipes for a relaxing beer “ritual” including a thorough exfoliation followed by a soak.

Hops & Barley Body Polish

½ cup fine sea salt
1 teaspoon barley
1 teaspoon dried hops
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup oil of choice (olive, grapeseed, coconut)

1. Grind barley in a coffee grinder.  Mix all ingredients together and gently apply to body in a circular motion, focusing on areas of dry skin.
2. This healing scrub will soften the skin, while providing hydration and anti-aging benefits!

Calming Beer Soak

Fill a bath tub with warm water (92-100 degrees) and pour a room temperature bottle of your favorite beer into the water. We love Dogfish Head’s 60 or 90 minute IPA. The beer soak is high in B vitamins, hydrates the skin and relaxes the senses!

Enjoy and drink responsibly. Also check out our OMGentlemen’s “Holler If You Beer Me ” hops infused line on our site – great variety of ales and stout skincare.

Onion Juice Is OMGtastic For Your Roots

simple-onion-mask-hair-growthOnion lends great taste and flavour to everyday dishes, but did you know that when applied topically, it can lead to hair growth and prevent hair loss? One study from the Journal of Dermatology found that after 4 weeks of using onion juice, 74% of individuals with ‘alopecia areata’ experienced significant hair re-growth, and within 6 weeks of using onion juice, 84% of the individuals were reported to have hair re-growth.
You can try some of these onion hair packs to regain strength and shine in your hair. If you’re suffering from excessive hair loss or baldness, applying these packs will noticeably improve hair growth in a few months.

Benefits of Onion for Hair Growth

.Stimulates blood circulation and fastens hair growth.
.Helps prevent premature graying of hair
.Onion contains sulphur which is an excellent tonic for hair thinning.
.Regular application of onion helps thicken hair by improving its volume.
.Onion is a natural cure to treat hereditary hair loss.
.Several research-studies conducted on hair fall have established that onions contain great healing properties, effective in treating conditions such as androgenic alopecia or female pattern baldness.
.Onions are helpful in controlling hair problems like dandruff
.The antibacterial properties of onion aid in treating, several scalp and hair infections caused by fungi and yeast.

Preparing Onion Juice

1. Food processor or Blender: Peel onions and cut them into four sections. Blend them evenly in the blender. Remove and strain through a fine sieve.

2. Grater: Cut onion into two halves. Grate both these halves over a plate. When done, strain out the juice from the grated onion, using the back of a spoon.

3. Cloth method: Collect the outer peels of the onions (try using the one’s discarded while cutting vegetables) and blend them. Put them in a muslin cloth or a thin cotton cloth and squeeze it directly on the hair or in to a bowl if you’re mixing it with some other ingredient for your mask.

DIY Onion Hair Masks

You will need to keep the onion masks on your scalp for at least 30 minutes or longer to achieve desired results. Some people may find the smell offensive, so you can rinse the hair off using a mild shampoo with rose water. Repeat the remedies at least thrice a week for best results.
Note: Before applying onion juice, test it on a small area to ensure that you are not allergic. Onion juice applied topically is said to give your hair a nice coppery shade. But, if you want to maintain the natural colour of your hair, mix onion juice with 1-2 tsp of mustard oil. The oil will prevent the color lightening caused by onions.

Hair Masks

1. Onion-Honey Mixture: Mix ¼ cup of onion juice with 1 tbsp. of honey and apply the mix on the scalp. Massage it for 15 minutes every day. Alternatively, you can also consume it orally, every day.

2. Onion-Rum Mask: Finely chop one medium sized onion and soak this in a glass of rum overnight. Strain the mixture, the next day to remove the onion pieces. Use the concoction to massage the scalp or use it as a hair rinse after washing the hair.

3. Onion Juice Hair Rinse: Add 4-5 chopped onion to 1 litre of water and boil it for about 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool and strain the mixture.

4. Regular Mask: Try applying onion juice every day on your hair directly for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

5. Onion-Garlic Mask: Crush garlic and extract juice. Add this to the onion juice and massage it in your scalp. Leave it on for 30 min before rinsing it off.

6. Onion-Gooseberry Mask: Gooseberry or ‘amla’ is a very powerful remedy for hair loss and hair re-growth. You can powder dried amla or soak dry amlas in any oil of your choice and mash them to form a paste. You can add amla powder or paste with onion juice to your hair once a week for 30 minutes-1 hour to see amazing results.

Conclusion

Since this is a natural remedy, you will have to stick with it diligently for at least 2 months to see definitive results. To boost hair growth, you can also massage your hair and scalp with a mixture of olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil once a week, ideally leaving it overnight. Also, don’t forget to include onions and other fruits and vegetables as a part of a healthy hair diet.

When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lavender Lemonade

lavender lemonadeFlavoring your lemonade with lavender is a great way to utilize the amazing medicinal properties of lavender. Lavender is a wonderful aromatic herb that calms the senses.

Pure lavender oil is an incredible essential oil to use for your own health and wellness. It’s among the gentlest of essential oils, but also one of the most powerful, making it a favorite of households for the healing properties and uses of lavender essential oil. Lavender oil  has a chemically complex structure with over 150 active constituents, which explains its effectiveness at helping with a lot of health ailments. Lavender oil possesses amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic, detoxifier, hypotensive, and sedative properties.

Florida researchers have found that lavender oil benefits include reducing anxiety and lowering pulse rates in nursing students taking stressful tests. And in hospital settings, lavender aromatherapy has been demonstrated to decrease pre-surgery distress and to be more relaxing than massage or merely resting.

Lavender essential oil has medicinal properties as well. It has been shown to reduce depression, improve insomnia and ease labor pains. And anecdotal evidence suggests that lavender oil benefits those with headaches, hangovers, sinus congestion and pain relief.
“Much prior research on lavender has focused on the administration of lavender via an olfactory route. The anxiolytic activity of lavender olfaction has been demonstrated in several small and medium-sized clinical trials. The efficacy of aromatherapy of lavender is thought to be due to the psychological effects of the fragrance combined with physiological effects of volatile oils in the limbic system. These calming effects of lavender oil and single constituents may be the origin of the traditional use of lavender. Lavender oil olfaction has been shown to decrease anxiety, as measured by the Hamilton rating scale,51 and can increase mood scores.

The following are selected examples of clinical trials on lavender aromatherapy:

  • Dunn and colleagues demonstrated anxiolytic activity of lavender oil aromatherapy in patients in intensive care units. Subjects received at least 1 session of aromatherapy with 1% lavender essential oil. Significant anxiolytic effects were noted in the 1st treatment, though 2nd and 3rd treatments did not appear to be as effective.
  • Alaoui-Ismaili and colleagues found that the aroma of lavender is considered by subjects to be very pleasant and is correlated with changes in the autonomic nervous system.
  • Tysoe and colleagues conducted a study of lavender oil in burner use on staff mood and stress in a hospital setting. A significant number of respondents (85%) believed that lavender aroma improved the work environment following the use of the lavender oil burners.
  • Diego and colleagues demonstrated that people receiving lavender oil (10%) olfaction for 3 minutes felt significantly more relaxed and had decreased anxiety scores, improved mood and increased scores of alpha power on EEG (an indicator of alertness), and increased speed of mathematical calculations.
  • Lewith and colleagues investigated the effects of lavender aromatherapy on depressed mood and anxiety in female patients being treated with chronic hemodialysis.  The effects of aromatherapy were measured using the Hamilton rating scale for depression (HAMD) and the Hamilton rating scale for anxiety (HAMA). Lavender aroma significantly decreased the mean scores of HAMA, suggesting an effective, noninvasive means for the treatment of anxiety in hemodialysis patients.
  • Lavender aromatherapy, with or without massage, may also reduce the perception of pain and the need for conventional analgesics in adults and children, though more rigorously controlled trials are needed.

DIY Lavender Lemonade with Lavender Essential Oil

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw honey
  • 12 cups pure water
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
  • 6 lemons, peeled and juiced
  • Lavender sprigs for garnish

Directions

Mix all ingredients together and chill. Add more water or raw honey if needed.

Other ways you can use Lavender Oil for Anxiety and Headaches

  • Mix 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath water if you have dry skin.
  • Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender into the air during your workday for natural stress relief.
  • Add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (like almond oil or olive oil) for a body oil with all the benefits of lavender for improving your skin, relaxing your mind, warding off insects or helping you sleep.

~ In courtesy of Living Traditionally

Capture This Cleanse to Release Loose Ends – Seasonal Beauty

Rain or shine, clear or smoggy, our bodies are profoundly affected by the rhythms and cycles of seasonal changes. As we metaphorically awaken from the slumber and hibernation of winter, we often realize that we have put on a few extra pounds.

Spring arrives, and after months of overindulging in heavy comfort foods, our clothes are fitting tighter, our anxiety is high and our energy levels are low. This prompts us into a desperate search for a way to drop weight instantly. Out of sheer panic, many opt for a trendy, over-the-counter liver or detoxification cleanse. In my experience, this has only caused me to abandon the mission halfway through or binge immediately afterward.

The danger of sudden or drastic shifts in diet is that they can actually toxins are released from the fat stores, they stream into our blood, and can cause nausea and headaches. For this reason, moderation and frequency are key components to success.

Now for the good news: The spring season brings lighter, crisper foods, which helps the body cleanse itself and shed the unwanted winter excess. However, it won’t happen overnight or all by itself.

The spring season symbolizes rebirth, life growth and purity. Let’s give our bodies the time and attention they deserve at this time of year, because when the seasons change, we change. Seasonal spring foods offer exactly what the body needs for  this season: fruits, sprouts and greens. Fruits with high water content hydrate the body, flush out the winter load and provide sugars as an energy source. Fresh, healthy greens and sprouts are high in vitamins and mineral, aid digestive function and are helpful in the weight loss process. They should be included in your diet on a daily basis.

Simple is better. Although the body naturally cleanses itself and eliminates waste through the skin, kidneys, respiratory system and gastrointestinal track, our bodies are bombarded with more artificial stimulants, pollution and chemicals than it is able to handle. These toxins accumulate. A moderate plan releases toxins at a slower rate. Any extensive or extreme detoxification program should be done under a doctor’s supervision.

Challenge yourself to a three-day do it yourself cleanse. This simplified detox is a great way to refocus and recommit to the goals and resolutions that you made at the beginning of the year. A week prior to cleansing, gradually reduce your intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners, white flour, dairy, alcohol, salt and caffeine, while increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. This prepares you for the change, both mentally and physically.

3-day cleanse

Upon rising: Drink 1 cup of hot water with lemon; sit in silence for 10 minutes.

Breakfast: Green smoothie: 2 handfuls of spinach, 1 banana, 1 apple cored, 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil and 16oz filtered water or 1 cup of oatmeal with almond or rice milk

Snack:  1 apple or pear and a handful of unsalted raw almonds

Lunch: 1 cup legumes; 1 cup brown rice or quinoa; 1 cup steamed chard kale or spinach

Snack: 2 apples or 1 cup of celery and carrot sticks with 2 tablespoons of hummus

Dinner: 1 cup of steamed beets with brown rice; 1 cup of steamed kale, chard, collard greens or spinach

Before bed: Drink 1 cup of hot lemon water

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Begin and end the day with 1 teaspoon of psyllium powder mixed with 10oz water. This assists the elimination process.

Detoxifying the body targets the liver (where toxins and mood-altering hormones can build up) and the colon (which hold waste). it is very common to experience an increase in energy and improved digestion, both of which lead to healthier skin and a greater ability to focus.

Regularly doing a seasonal cleanse can help us follow a lifetime of healthier eating. Mark you calendar this spring and make a commitment to prepare your body for the new season.

Here some of our great Calendula cleansing supplements (LIVER, IMMUNE SYSTEM AND SKIN & BODY) – Check them out.

~ Source: LNE

Advil vs Acupressure for Headache Relief

IF YOU’RE TIRED OF POPPING pills to ease headache, acupressure offers a natural and medication free way to get rid of pain fast. You may have already heard of the technique of squeezing the meaty part of your hand between your thumb and forefinger; this is one of the most commonly used acupressure points. Simply pinch that tender area on either hand between your opposite thumb and forefinger and press for about two-minute, or until your headache subsides. This trick stimulates the pressure point called Large Intestine-4, nd typically brings relief for traditional headaches.

If you’re suffering from a sinus headache, you’ll use a different pressure point for hands on pain relief. To target this spot called Urinary Bladder-2 firmly press the inner corners of your eyebrows with thumb and forefinger. You can rest your elbow on a desk or counter and lean into your hand to make this position easier to hold. The pressure needn’t be intense, but you should feel a bit of an ache. After a couple of moments, your sinus pressure should start to lift. For best results, repeat either treatment about once an hour., holding for two to five minutes at a time. To boost the OMG status of this treatment more try out Head Strong Massage Oil at www.omgalternmed.com  which is formulated with beet extract and lemongrass to promote lymphatic drainage as well as relieve nervous tension.

Source: Venus Elyse, acupuncturist and founder of Integrative Healing in Fairfax, California

Holiday Health OMG Style

‘Tis the season to be jolly but between the stress, colds, aches and pains that is kind of hard to do. Here are a couple of holiday foods and ideas that can help you tackle those seasonal OMG Moments.

~Cloves: Has one of the highest antioxidant rankings of any spice and can be used in cider as well as winter fruit salads

~Thyme: Full of antioxidants that alleviate respiratory ailments like bronchitis and keep you breathing easy even when you’re not sick. It can be used in roasted poultry, meats and seafood.

~Anise: Use this to help with stomach issues-its relaxes the gastrointestinal muscles and can be used in poached fruit and pastries.

~Hazelnuts:The skin of the nut, filberts, is full of proanthocyanidins, compounds that may helpImage strengthen blood vessel, reduce heart disease risk, and boost brain health.

~Pecans: They boast an ORAC score (a measure of antioxidant capacity) higher than even wild blueberries. Plus regular servings may help delay age related cognitive decline.

~ Clear Your Chest:Combine 3 to 4 drops of pine or eucalyptus essential oil with a few drops of lavender in olive oil. Rub it on your chest, then apply hot and cold packs for relief. Once inhaled they stimulate blood flow through the lungs.

~Soothe Throat: Use zinc cough drops every two hours. The lozenges will coat the irritated throat tissue, dulling pain, while the mineral migrates into your system, potentially reducing the lifespan of the cold.

~Hot Cordial for Cold Relief: concentrated fruit juice warmed up can relieve colds symptoms. Try this apple and black currant cordial either hot or at room temperature. Stir 2tsp black currant syrup into 1 cup hot apple juice.

~ Health Booster: Elderberry is high in anthocynanins and antioxidants, which increase cellular absorption of vitamin C. Vitamin C, in turn, protects the mucosalsurfaces of your nose and mouth so viruses have more difficult time penetrating them.

Don’t Stress Over Your Breast!!! Part 1

RaceribbionbreastcancerBREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IS FINALLY HERE!! I believe that hope for a world without breast cancer starts with me. That’s why I’m walked in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event yesterday in Downtown Brickell Miami.  OhMyGosh Alternative Medicine & Aromatherapy Spa/Salon wants to provide our clients with extensive amounts of helpful information on this stressful overpowering obstacle that takes many lives every year.  In this blog OMG wants you to leave knowledgeable about not only this particular cancer itself but…

  •  How to check yourself for possible signs/symptoms monthly (Part 1)
  • Altering your nutritional/wellness lifestyle (Part 1)
  • Avoid/cope with breast cancer through treatments/products by OMG (Part 2)
  • Beauty tips and cautions to take using certain products with breast cancer  (Part 2)
  • Events to participate for supporting the cause

Each year, millions of women discover that they have acquired breast cancer. Although predominately originating in women, breast cancer can also be found in men (topic will be addressed in a future blog so stay tuned). This may be the reason breast cancer is highly considered one of the most conventional types of all diagnosable cancers. Luckily, if you are diagnosed as having cancer, there are many alternatives treatments that may facilitate you in becoming cancer free. Howeveselfexamr, before that can occur, you need to be diagnosed as having breast cancer.

 

It’s best to examine your breasts at least once a month, and it is best to do this the same time each month because breasts usually change with the menstrual cycle. The best time to do Breast Self Exam (BSE) is about a week after your period begins.

There are two parts to a BSE:

  • how your breasts look
  • how they feel

The observing part is easy. Prior to putting on a bra, stand or sit in front of a mirror with your arms relaxed at your sides. Look at your breasts carefully. Do you see anything abnormal, like a variation in the way your nipples look? Any dimples or changes in the epidermis?

Then look at yourself from different angles and arm positions. Keep your hands at your sides, raise your arms overhead, place your hands firmly on your hips (to tighten your chest wall muscles), and bend forward. Watch for dimples or changes in the skin.

The next part is how your breasts feel. It may seem awkward at first to handle your breasts. Some may feel self-conscious about it, but there’s no reason to feel guilty or strange. BSE is a positive way to stay healthy.

It’s easiest to do the feeling procedure of the BSE in the shower — not only is it convenient, but the soap and water can also help your hands move easily over your breasts. Examine your breasts one at a time. If you’re starting with your right breast, raise your right arm, place your right hand behind your head, and use your left hand to feel your breast.

One way to examine your breast is to think of your breast as a circle. Using the pads of your three middle fingers, move your fingers in a spiral motion from the outside to the inside of the circle, gradually getting closer to the nipple. Notice what feels normal and what may feel different from the last time you examined your breasts.

Use different levels of pressure — light, medium, and firm — to feel each part of your breast. This will allow you to feel the various layers of tissue in the breast. Start with light pressure, increase to medium pressure, and finish with firm pressure to feel the deepest tissue. When you have covered the entire breast, use your finger and thumb to gently squeeze your nipple, watching for any discharge. Then put your left arm behind your head and check your left breast the same way. You can also examine your breasts as you lie on your back on your bed. Use the same method described above, raising one arm and using the other hand to check your breast in a spiral motion.  

As you feel your breasts, you may notice lumps or bumps. This is usually normal — just like so many things about people, breasts are unique. But if you’re worried about the way your breasts look or feel, let your doctor know.

B0006421 Breast cancer cellsThe most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A lump that is painless, hard, and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But some cancers are tender, soft, and rounded. So it’s important to have anything unusual checked by a doctor. Most breast lumps are benign. This means they are not cancer. Benign breast tumors are abnormal growths, but they do not spread outside of the breast and they are not life threatening.  Benign but painful lumps characterize the most common form of non cancerous breast disease:  chronic cystic mastitis, also known as fibrocystic breast disease. The condition affects one in five women, typically those in their thirties and fortiesThese changes can cause breast swelling and pain. They often happen just before a woman’s period is about to start. The breasts may feel lumpy, and sometimes there is a clear or slightly cloudy nipple discharge.

Because breast tissue is very sensitive to hormonal changes, it can enlarge and thicken by as much as half then shrink again by the same amount, at various times during the menstrual cycle. Normally, fluid from the breast tissue is collected and transported out of the breasts by means of the lymphatic system. The lymph system is one of the main ways in which breast cancers can spread. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped groups of immune system cells (cells that fight infections) that are connected by lymphatic vessels. Lymphatic vessels are like small veins, except that they carry a clear fluid called lymph (instead of blood) away from the breast. If there is more fluid than the lymphatic system can handle, small spaces in breast tissue may fill with this fluid and form cysts. These pockets of fluid can appear alone or in clusters. Although cysts are not in themselves considered dangerous, they can make it harder to detect a possible cancerous lesion or lump. If you suspect that you have a cyst, you should have it checked by your doctor -both for your health and for your peace of mind.

Other signs of breast cancer include the following:

  • swelling of all or part of the breast
  • skin irritation or dimpling
  • breast pain
  • nipple pain or the nipple turning inward
  • redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • a nipple discharge other than breast milk

Sometimes breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt. If you have any symptoms that might be a sign of breast cancer, be sure see a doctor as soon as you can.

When it comes to being diagnosed with breast cancer, a large amount of focus is placed on the signs and symptoms. The widespread use of screening mammograms has increased the number of breast cancers found before they cause any symptoms, but some are still missed.

While it is important to focus on the symptoms of breast cancer, they are not the only things that you should keep in mind. Although an exact cause of breast cancer has yet to be determined, there are a number of risk factors associated with the cancer. Determining whether or not any of these risk factors apply to you is one of the best ways, aside from regularly examining your body, to determine whether or not you may have breast cancer or end up developing it in the future.

You may be at a greater risk of developing breast cancer if someone else in your immediate family has also been diagnosed with having it. It has been noted that the BRCA1 gene and the BRCA2 gene have something to do with the development of breast cancer. Specific variations in DNA can trigger normal breast cells to become cancer. DNA is the chemical in each of our cells that makes up our genes — the blueprint for how our cells work. Some inherited DNA mutations can intensify the risk for developing cancer and cause the cancers that run in some families. For instance, BRCA1 and BRCA2 are tumor suppressor genes — they keep cancer tumors from arising. When they are mutated, they no longer cause cells to die at the right time, and cancer is more likely to develop. But most breast cancer DNA changes occur in single breast cells during a woman’s life rather than having been inherited.

Research is still being conducted on this and so far, the causes of most of the DNA mutations that could lead to breast cancer are not known. ; however, it is looking as if damaged cells, which may later account for breast cancer, are being passed down through family members. Therefore, if someone in your family has been diagnosed with breast cancer, there is a good chance that you may also develop it.

Other risks but not limited to that can put you as a high target for breast cancer are:

  1. Gender: Being a woman is the main risk for breast cancer. While men also get the disease, it is about 100 times more common in women than in men.
  2. Age: The chance of getting breast cancer goes up as a woman gets older. About 2 out of 3 women with invasive breast cancer are 55 or older when the cancer is found.
  3. Race: White women are slightly more likely to get breast cancer than African-American women. But African American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. At least part of the reason seems to be because African-American women have faster growing tumors, but we don’t know why this is the case. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of getting and dying from breast cancer.
  4. Dense breast tissue: Dense breast tissue means there is more gland tissue and less fatty tissue. Women with denser breast tissue have a higher risk of breast cancer. Dense breast tissue can also make it harder for doctors to spot problems on mammograms.
  5. Menstrual periods: Women who began having periods early (before age 12) or who went through the change of life (menopause) after the age of 55 have a slightly increased risk of breast cancer. They have had more menstrual periods and as a result have been exposed to more of the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

drinkbreastcancerDespite the risks mentioned above there are some that you can control and lessen the chances of developed breast cancer tremendously. Here just a few…

  1. 1.      Not having children or having them later in life: Women who have had not had children, or who had their first child after age 30, have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. Being pregnant many times and at an early age reduces breast cancer risk. Being pregnant lowers a woman’s total number of lifetime menstrual cycles, which may be the reason for this effect.

2.      Recent use of birth control pills: Studies have found that women who are using birth control pills have a slightly greater risk of breast cancer than women who have never used them. This risk seems to go back to normal over time once the pills are stopped. Women who stopped using the pill more than 10 years ago do not seem to have any increased risk. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of birth control pills.

3.      Not breast-feeding: Some studies have shown that breast-feeding slightly lowers breast cancer risk, especially if the breast-feeding lasts 1½ to 2 years. This could be because breast-feeding lowers a woman’s total number of menstrual periods, as does pregnancy

4.      Alcohol: Use of alcohol is clearly linked to an increased risk of getting breast cancer. Women who have one drink a day have a very small increased risk. Those who have 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1½ times the risk of women who drink no alcohol. The American Cancer Society suggests limiting the amount you drink to one drink a day.

5.      Being overweight or obese: Being overweight or obese is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, especially for women after change of life or if the weight gain took place during adulthood. Also, the risk seems to be higher if the extra fat is around the waist. But the link between weight and breast cancer risk is complex. And studies of fat in the diet as it relates to breast cancer risk have often given conflicting results. The American Cancer Society recommends you stay at a healthy weight throughout your life and avoid gaining too much weight.

6.      Lack of exercise: Studies show that exercise reduces breast cancer risk. The only question is how much exercise is needed. One study found that as little as 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2½ hours of brisk walking per week reduced the risk by 18%. Walking 10 hours a week reduced the risk a little more. The American Cancer Society suggests that you exercise for 45 to 60 minutes 5 or more days a week.

Also here some additional risks that are uncertain but are still being looked at under clinical research…

  • Antiperspirants and bras: Internet e-mail rumors have suggested that underarm antiperspirants can cause breast cancer. There is very little evidence to support this idea. Also, there is no evidence to support the idea that bras cause breast cancer.
  • Pollution: A lot of research is being done to learn how the environment might affect breast cancer risk. At this time, research does not show a clear link between breast cancer risk and environmental pollutants.
  • Tobacco Smoke: Most studies have found no link between active cigarette smoking and breast cancer. An issue that continues to be a focus of research is whether secondhand smoke (smoke from another person’s cigarette) may increase the risk of breast cancer. But the evidence about secondhand smoke and breast cancer risk in human studies is not clear. In any case, a possible link to breast cancer is yet another reason to avoid being around secondhand smoke.
  • Night Work: A few studies have suggested that women who work at night (nurses on the night shift, for instance) have a higher risk of breast cancer. This is a fairly recent finding, and more studies are being done to look at this.
  • High fat diets: Studies of fat in the diet have not clearly shown that this is a breast cancer risk factor. Most studies found that breast cancer is less common in countries where the typical diet is low in fat. On the other hand, many studies of women in the United States have not found breast cancer risk to be linked to how much fat they ate. Researchers are still not sure how to explain this difference. More research is needed to better understand the effect of the types of fat eaten and body weight on breast cancer risk.

health - wet appleTreasure Your Chest – Diet for your Breast

Women who develop breast cysts or breast cancer as a result may find that retooling their diets and lifestyle east a lot of the discomfort and swelling associated with the cysts. Concentrate on low-fat, high fiber foods, with lots of raw foods, seeds nuts and grains. Use olive oil in place of saturated fats. Fresh bananas, apples, grapes, grapefruit, fresh veggies and yogurt are all good foods to include.

Soy based foods such as tofu are highly recommended because they contain isoflavones. These compounds help neutralize excess estrogen so you body can filter it out. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts contain another class of chemicals called indoles. They also work to protect breast tissue from excess estrogen. Finally, the culinary immune boosters’ garlic, onions and shiitake mushrooms may help keep your whole system operating healthfully.

Refrain from drinking coffee, tea and other caffeine – containing foods and beverages. Cut down on dairy products and animal meats, along with hydrogenated fats found in margarine and the saturated ones that pack fried foods. Salt, sugar and white flour are also enemies – so leave out the processed cookies, crackers, and cakes.

 SAMPLE MENU

Breakfast: Usually do cereal? Slice a medium or half a large banana on top. Your morning juice can count, too. Just 4 ounces of 100% fruit juice or vegetable juice (go for low-sodium) counts as a serving with 2 servings at breakfast, you’re on your way.

Midmorning snack: Snack time is a great time to work in another serving of fruits or vegetables. An individual-sized container of applesauce, 5-6 baby carrots, or a small handful (1/4cup) of dried fruit will add 1 more serving. It’s only the middle of your morning, and you’ve already gotten 3 servings!

Lunch: When you need a quick lunch, try ordering a pita sandwich or wrap loaded with vegetables, or a cup of hearty vegetable soup. Either of these gives you 1 more serving. Add a small side salad with low-fat dressing, and your count just jumped to 5 servings for the day so far.

Dinner: Even if you only have 5 minutes, dinner veggies are easy and delicious. Heat canned or frozen peas or cauliflower in the microwave for a quick side dish. Or make a meal out of a microwave-cooked sweet potato with 1 teaspoon of butter, a splash of apple juice or squeeze of lemon, and a light sprinkling of cinnamon and brown sugar. Any one of these will add 1 more serving to your day, and now you’re up to 6 servings.

Dessert: Savor a frozen treat made from 100% juice or place ½ cup of berries, peaches, or other favorite fruit on low-fat frozen yogurt and you have added another serving to your day — bringing your daily total to 7 servings.

breast-cancer-awareness-ribbonDid you know you benefit from even small amounts of moderate activity throughout the day? Regular physical activity is easier to fit in than you may realize and can significantly lower your lifetime risk for cancer –and heart disease and diabetes, too. Exercise decreases the stress hormones in your body reduce fluids in your body while increasing levels of feel-good chemicals in your brain. And that’s significant, because those hormones play a role a causing breast pain. These recommendations are based on the latest scientific information to help reduce the risk of developing cancer.   

Adults: Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity, above usual activities, on 5 or more days of the week; 45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity are preferable. 

Children and adolescents: Engage in at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 5 days per week.

Moderate Activity is anything that makes you breath as hard as you do during a brisk walk. During moderate activities, you’ll notice a slight increase in heart rate and breathing, but you may not break a sweat.

Vigorous Activities generally engage large muscle groups and cause a noticeable increase in heart rate, breathing depth and frequency, and sweating.

Other beneficial activities include those that improve strength and flexibility such as weight lifting, stretching, or yoga.

Examples of Moderate and Vigorous Physical Activities

  Moderate Activities Vigorous Activities
Exercise and Leisure Walking, dancing, leisurely bicycling, ice-skating or roller-skating, horseback riding, canoeing, yoga Jogging or running, fast bicycling, circuit weight training, aerobic dance, martial arts, jump rope, swimming
Sports Volleyball, golfing, softball, baseball, badminton, doubles tennis, downhill skiing Soccer, field hockey or ice hockey, lacrosse, singles tennis, racquetball, basketball, cross-country skiing
Home Activities Mowing the lawn, general lawn and garden maintenance Digging, carrying and hauling, masonry, carpentry
Occupational Activity Walking and lifting as part of the job (custodial work, farming, auto or machine repair) Heavy manual labor (forestry, construction, fire fighting)

 

Looking for more ways to work in activity during your day? Think about how much time you spend sitting rather than being active. Then consider these simple substitutions that can help you get moving.

  • Use stairs rather than an elevator.
  • Walk or bike to your destination.
  • Exercise at lunch with your workmates, family, or friends.
  • Take a 10-minute exercise break at work to stretch or take a quick walk.
  • Walk to visit co-workers instead of sending an email.
  • Go dancing with your spouse or friends.
  • Plan active vacations rather than only driving trips.
  • Wear a pedometer every day and watch your daily steps increase.
  • Join a sports team.
  • Use a stationary bicycle or treadmill while watching TV.

OhMyGosh Alternative Medicine & Aromatherapy Spa/Salon is always here to answer you question about breast cancer or any other issues you have on health/beauty. Remember this is just Part 1 so watch out for the next blog on Breast Cancer Awareness that will inform you about the treatments and products to assist you in this disease along with guidelines to keep you product savvy when coping with breast cancer. 

Your PERSONAL HEALTH/BEAUTY CHEMIST,

Candice N. Frederick – Founder of OMG Alternative Medicine& Aromatherapy Spa/Salon

EXPERIENCE FLAWLESS INNOVATION!!!

Put Acid in Neutral to Figure out What’s Eating You – Ulcer Relief

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT  STRESS CAN CAUSE HOLES IN YOUR STOMACH…This is one of those ailments that make us all too happy to take advantage of today’s antibiotics, which can wipe out ulcers. Complete recovery can take up to about eight weeks. In the meantime, there are many steps you can take to relieve discomfort and prevent a recurrence. Don’t use any of the herbal medicines until you’ve finished all the antibiotics.

 

WHAT CAUSES THIS AILMENT??? Peptic ulcers are pitlike sores in the lining of your stomach or the uppermost section of  your small intestine, the duodenum.  A certain amount of hydrochloric acid and the digestive enzyme pepsin are necessary for the stomach to do its work of digesting food and absorbing some nurtients. When pepsin begins to digest your own tissue  THE PROBLEM IS ABOUT  TO BEGIN!! Your gastrointestinal tract usually protects itself from digestive juices with a thick layer of mucus and natural antacids. But bacteria that might be living in the wall of your GI tract, called Helicobacter pylori, can break down this defense system. H.pylori in recent studies has been found in 70% of gastric ulcer patients. This bacteria can be tested by a simple blood test and is usually treated with antimicrobal in addition to anti-secretory medicine.  Unfortunately now your natural immune system is low and out of balance…why???

An unbalance within the digestive system can develop by excess smoking , alcohol, coffee and stress furthermore assisting in the overproduction of stomach acids. Overuse of antacids, especially people who already have low levels of stomach acid should be highly aware because drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatories are leading factors of ulcers formation. These drugs can irritate the stomach lining and may promote ucleration with prolonged usage which is reason for takening them with milk or food – it buffers this reaction on the stomach lining. Although drug treatment of ulcers is very effective, drugs that block the production of acid in the stomach can cause digestive problems, nutritional deficiencies, and increased risk of gastrointestinal infections.

Heredity, food allergies, lack of fiber in the diet, and deficiencies of vitamins A and E may also contribute to the formation of  an ulcer.  Within your nutritional lifestyle  diet if you ingest acid- producing products like coffee, black tea, soda and smoking tobacco pre- ulcer conditions may occur. Genetics can also be a risk by having the inablility of the mucous membrane lining to defend itself and maintain optimal health and integrity or perhaps the family learned behaviors of dealing with stress and venting extreme emotions that factor in the equation.

 

 WHAT OHMYGOSH SUGGEST FOR ULCERS???

HERBS

  • Ginger may help reduce the release of digestive fluids in the GI tract. It also works against inflammation. Try eating  some candied ginger**Commercial ginger ales probably don’t contain enough ginger to do much good.
  • Deglycyrrhizinated licorice forms a protective coating between your stomach lining and your stomach acid – helping to heal the ulcer. Chew one DGL wafer about 30min before each meal.
  • Swallow a teaspoon of flaxseed. The seeds help produce alot of mucilage, a transparent, sticky, gelatinous substance, wich can help protect the lining of your stomach. And they are very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which will help lower your cholesterol.
  • Try aloe vera juice – 1/3 cup 2x a day. European remedy states juice seems to quell gastrointestinal inflammation and may reduce stomach acid secretions.
  • Chamomile promotes healing, decreases inflammation in the stomach and can ease the anxiety the may be perpetuating the ulcer.
  • Calendula are anti-inflammatory and wound-healing. They are also mildy astringent, which helps reduce bleeding.

**** ALL THESE HERBS SHOULD ONLY BE USED AFTER CONTACTING YOUR DOCTOR AND CONTACTING SOMEONE WHO IS KNOWLEDGABLE ABOUT THE DOSAGE FOR YOUR USAGE***

FOODS

  • Indulge in some raw-cabbage juice. It’s probably not your beverage of choice, but if you have a peptic ulcer, it might hit the spot. The active substance in cabbage is probably glutamine, an amino acid that nourishes cells of the GI tract. If you dont have a home juicer, you can pick up raw- cabbage juice in health food stores.  Drink a quart everyday for 3 weeks for best results.
  • Don’t like Cabbage try pineapple is another good source of glutamine or okra.
  • Eat plenty of  onions. They contain sulfur compounds that may help to neutralize H. pylori.
  • Help yourself to honey. Some studies show that honey can discourage the growth of ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria. Spread some  on you morning toast or use it as a substitute for sugar.
  • Chamomile tea and Peppermint tea  have great anti-inflammatory properties and can assist in soothing the stomach pains.
  • Drink fresh lemon juice in warm water every morning (1/2 lemon squeezed)
  • Increase fiber in diet.
  • Spicy!! Doctors used to think spicy foods were not good for people with ulcers but modern research has shown that the chemical capsaicin(found in hot peppers) actually help to heal ulcers by stimulating blood flow to the wound.
  • Eat plenty of yogurt containing active cultures, especially Lactobacillus acidophilus, beneficial bacteria that inhibit H.pylori.

Vitamins

  • Vitamin C may slow down the growth of H. pylori if you have colonies of these bacteria in your stomach.  Take a 1,000mg  supplement 2xday. Citrus fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes, are good dietary sources.
  • Vitamin A is great and adds a broad range of fruits and vegetables to your diet like a daily multivitamin.
  • Zinc ions can be released into mucous membranes  – these ions can bind to bacteria preventing it from binding to docking points on the surface of where the infection is thriving.

 

 

OH MY GOSH PRODUCTS TO HELP WITH ULCER SYMPTOMS

Ultimate Ulcer Relief – Licorice, vitamin C and manuka honey/Comes antiboitic pill form or liquid

Soothing Stomach Tea – Chamomile and Calendula dried flowers , dried Meadowsweet herb and Slippery Elm Bark/This can be sipped throughout the day – hot or cold

Therapeutic Ulcer Remedy Massage Oil – Lavender, Geranium, Lemon, Chamomile and Vitamin E – local treatment

Ultimate Ulcer Healing Tea – Marshmallow, Licorice, Slippery Elm, Echinancea, Geranium herbs and Sage Honey – these herbs are known for decreasing stomach acids and protein binding/Sage honey and Geranium are recommended for their astringent properties in preventing bleeding

**You will also be able to choose from OHMYGOSH ‘s Psycho – Aromatherapy Line very soon and choose from a variety of stress relieving products – remember this is one of the key triggers of ulcer formation….to recievemore information about this particular line or the Ulcer products email us at ohmygoshalternmed@gmail.com**

Hope OHMYGOSH has helped my readers again…”remember its not just what your eating  but think about what may be eating you?” 

 

Your Personal HEALTH AND BEAUTY Chemist,

Candice N. Frederick – OHMYGOSH Alternative Medicine & Aromatherapy Spa/Salon

 EXPERIENCE FLAWLESS INNOVATION.

 

P.S. Have any questions that need to been answers or concerns feel free to use the comment section and OMG will definitely get back with you.

Genetics…More than Just your DNA…its the Health & Beauty Blueprint

Who would have known that the more organic and technically advanced this world becomes the more blind-sited we as consumers correlate to various life depending industries. Recently this week I watched a documentary on genetic food engineering and I almost hit the ceiling. I know you have heard of the old saying “you are what you eat” and this case that is very frightening. Genetic food engineering is a scientific way to assist foods and plants in adapting to unnatural environments as well as developing an autoimmunity to pests . Scienfic definition: Genetic engineering involves altering the genetic structure of embryonic cells or vectors to provide them with desired traits or to eliminate undesirable traits. Through to my extensive research on numerous fruits and veggies I am have found out that food undergo with process to prolong its selflife as well as endure a more extensive nutritious background.  For example some tomatoes are created with certain genes from deep sea fish to withstand the cold environment to be produce year your.  I feel like the best way to consume your daily health consumption is to eat food in its MOST natural state – by changing its genetic compounds whether good or bad makes this particular food  seem like it is  not excepted for its TRUE PURPOSE in Mother Nature. So when we see organic and natural  on produce still be aware what was used to make it hold this title and additives utilized to allow them stand out from the rest – make sure to look for the Soil Association label.

Sadly to say even the farmer’s market has been interruppted by genetic engineering not purposely but by cross contamination.  Mostly used for pesticide reasons anticipated genetic compounds are altered to allow the plants to produce there own insect repellent. Great idea but if it not healthy for insects would it have the same affects on some of its consumers?  Also anything used in abundance eventually causes an immune reaction where soon the insects will not be affected by this procedure.  Utilizing genetic food engineering in the farm industry can not be well regulated because of natural occcurances such as wind and rain that is beyond anyones control.  In case farmers who may have not allowed this in their area can still be affected if the genetic chemical changes are nearby. With this in mind the animals could also be genetically changed by eating the from the soil and plants undergoing this evolution. Is our nutritional values going down the drain by using what our #1 foundational BLUEPRINT is …your GENETIC DNA??

Great looking skin comes with wonderful nutrition and if this process continues to take place 

  • Could it make you more acceptable to sun damage
  • Aging and cell turnover elavation
  • Cause more acne breakouts or allergies
  • Increase in severe skin disorders that could lead to cancer

Perfect skin starts off with the ABC’s of the major vitamins we need in our lives to continue to practice ultimate wellness

Vitamin A – highly support in self immunity, increasing the healing process of acne and dry skin, main contributor to the growth/repair of our skin tissue and mucus membranes.

Vitamin B – aides in cell rejuvenation, and assist in maintain normalized metabolism levels to prevent premature ageing

Vitamin C – #1 repellent against environmental stress, aids collagen production in connective tissue and helps broken capillaries to become stronger

Many other vitamins are also beneficial to our skin’s appearance but this is just to name  a few. Out of just these three essential vitamins foods such as sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, peas, beans, tomatoes and citrus fruits are genetically composed of these powerhouse groups.  Unfortunately these are some of the main foods used for genetic food engineering.  Your skin is continuously receiving and transmitting information to the rest of your body not only by outside contact but nutritional digestion. How can we resume outstanding skin if the food we use to keep it healthy is genetically CHANGING OUR BLUEPRINT??  All these questions in the blog will be analyzed and answers soon by our research team at OH MY GOSH so don’t feel like this dilemma is not a lose/lose situation. Also to help out your community look more into what you eat ask questions and see what your nutritional diet consist of.

Glad everyone had tuned into my new blog …hope to see you back soon for the next one about your favorite Celeb’s Skin Analysis…if you have anyone in mind you want me to do an analysis on leave a comment below. HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE…and remember “Focus on the journey towards profound wellness not only through enhancing your outward appearance but also by altering your human internal immunity imbalance.”

– Candice N. Frederick – Founder /CEO of OHMYGOSH Alternative Medicine and Aromatherapy Spa/Salon

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