The following are two of the Chesprocott’s Healthy Communities Coalition Health Tips, being offered by the Health District on a weekly basis throughout 2018:
About one-third of Americans have high blood pressure, which raises their risk for heart disease and stroke. If you don’t have high blood pressure, you can take steps to prevent it. These healthy habits can help you keep your blood pressure normal:
•Eat healthy foods and
limit salt and alcohol intake.
•Cut back on sugar, refined
carbs, sodium, and
•Eat dark chocolate.
•Meditate or do yoga.
•Be physically active.
•Maintain a healthy weight.
•Get the proper rest.
•Learn to relax, manage
stress and cope with problems.
to protect your blood vessels.
•Get an annual physical exam.
Sometimes, taking risks in life is smart, but not when it comes to your health.
Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in the United States. It can also be very treatable when caught early. In fact, because of higher rates of screening, more people survive breast cancer today than ever before.
Breast cancer prevention with nutrition screenings can check for disease, often before someone even has symptoms. A mammogram, or X-ray picture of the breast, is still the best way to find breast cancer early, when it’s easier to treat. If you are age 40 or older, or think you are at high risk for breast cancer, ask your doctor when and how you should get tested. Some major risk factors include age, hormone replacement therapy use, carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, family history and being overweight, especially after menopause.
Don’t wait: a mammogram is an important weapon in your battle against breast cancer.
Here are 10 tips on how to prevent breast cancer:
1. Eat a lot of green vegetables, mushrooms and onions.
2. Use one tablespoon of ground flax or chia seed daily.
3. Reduce consumption of animal protein.
4. Don’t eat fried foods or well-done meats.
5. Choose supplements without synthetic folic acid.
6. Exercise at least three hours a week and maintain a lean body with little body fat.
7. Do not drink alcohol.
8. Do not smoke.
9. Limit your exposure to estrogen.
10. Have babies and nurse them as long as you can.