One of the amazing perks of being a Holistic Nutrition Counselor is the people in my everyday life who are trying to improve their lives or are just curious ask me questions, I love love love when people follow my advice and then tell me about the positive effects!
Unexpected boosts to my day.
If you know me and you ever have a question I can help you with please don’t hesitate to ask. You know I got into this originally to help myself and now I relish being able to help others.
As soon as those bins of fresh corn start showing up in the vegetable section you know it is time for summer and cookouts! Corn is so versatile and been around as a staple for so long that it’s easy to overlook what a healthy food it can be.
Different types of corn can have very different nutritional profiles. Popcorn for instance has a much higher mineral content than sweet corn, but sweet corn is higher in many vitamins.
A bowl of air-popped popcorn dusted with some herbs and spices can be an amazing snack. Just skip the oil and salt!
Corn actually contains high amounts of anti-oxidants, as a matter of fact, higher amounts than many other grains that we eat. This makes it a terrific cancer fighting, immune system boosting food source.
Did you know Dandelions are part of the Sunflower Family? Not hard to believe when you’re looking at that beautiful ball of sunshiny yellow!
Dandelions are amazing plants that are powerhouses of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals! As we have taken manicured lawns to an art form the beautiful dandelion as fallen out of favor but maybe it’s time to add it back into our daily routine. Just 3 oz of raw dandelions greens contain 203% of the daily requirement of Vitamin A!
At this time of year the mind naturally drifts to Carrots!
All the talk of Bunnies for the last few weeks makes it impossible not to think of these sweet crunchy healthy snacks.
Carrots are filled with many things that can help a cancer patient, Vitamin A, Fiber, Beta Carotene to name a few.
Something that may surprise you is that Carrots may actually be healthier for you if you cook them. Cooking makes the Beta Carotene in carrots more readily available to your body while other nutrients may be slightly diminished with cooking.
How about a nice salad with raw carrots and a side of beautifully steamed carrots with the meal? The best of both worlds.
Dry Mouth is my personal nemesis right now. I have been undergoing chemotherapy for the last three and a half years and one of the side effects that is cumulative for me is dry mouth! It’s not just about comfort, it can cause physical damage to your mouth, tongue and teeth.
“Chemotherapy and radiation treatments cause dry mouth by damaging the salivary glands. Chemotherapy causes dry mouth by making saliva thicker. But this is usually a temporary symptom that clears up about two to eight weeks after treatment ends. Radiation therapy to the head, face, or neck may also cause dry mouth.”
I recently changed medicines and now my dry mouth is extreme so it seemed like a good time to do some research on Foods & Dry Mouth relief.
There are a couple of prescription products available here in the US but the ones I have run across leave a lot to be desired. They are quite expensive and the relief is very short term. My favorite part of the last one I tried was the instructions to use every two hours and not eat or drink anything an hour after using. Talk about having to schedule your day!
I liked a lot of the suggestions on this page. Though nutritionally speaking I might make a few changes for anyone reading it. Xylitol is a sweetener that is used in a lot of commercial dry mouth products. You can also buy it as a stand alone sweetener or as mints or gum. One big word of warning – It is EXTREMELY poisonous to DOGS. Do not keep this anywhere that there are dogs. You just know that they will find it.
Sugar should be avoided in general and specifically for people trying to deal with cancer, but sugary candy can feel excellent on a very dry mouth. Throat drops usually count as sugary candy so be careful about the amount you are getting in a day.
Eat more fruit. If you can eat citrus, eat citrus. I also found that pickled beets of all things offered some great relief. Pickles and any sour foods will help but be careful of your salt content. I see a few places recommend cheeses and other places don’t. I don’t eat a lot of cheese, but I can tell you cheeses like Feta can really suck any existing moisture right on out. 🙁
The one big piece of advice is of course drink, drink, drink. Always have a glass or a bottle of something at your elbow.
My last piece of advice is BRUSH YOUR TEETH often! Mint may cause you some problems so try different things, but your teeth will be damaged by all of the sugar you are sucking on and by the changes to your saliva.
There is a lot of information about why Dark Chocolate is good for you. Good for your heart, good for your mood, certainly good for the economy in February!
What about cancer? Does chocolate have an effect on cancer?
An article published by a Doctor at the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii states “intervention studies, despite their short duration, have reported some favorable changes in biomarkers assessing antioxidant status but very few findings related to inflammatory markers. In moderation, cocoa products may offer strong antioxidant effects in combination with a pleasurable eating experience. ” High AntiOxidant foods are recommended for cancer patients, or anyone who wants to stay healthy and do everything they can to avoid cancer.
While there have been no conclusive studies that say eating Dark Chocolate helps prevent cancer, if there is a chance and it tastes good, why not? Just remember chocolate is a high calorie food so everything in moderation!