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The Importance of Protein for Cancer Patients

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Protein is something that is essential for life. So much so, that if you do not get enough protein in your diet through the foods that you eat, your body will start breaking down first its own muscle tissue, then its own organ tissue to get the proteins that it needs. Loss of muscle mass can gradually lead to loss of strength, loss of energy, loss of appetite, and loss of will to go on. When cancer is the cause of muscle wasting and loss of appetite, it is called cachexia. But often, those who have placed strict limits on their diet go through a similar wasting that can be reversed if they only increase their protein intake. Read More...
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Anemia: Foods that Boost Blood Cells

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Anemia develops when a person does not have enough healthy red blood cells or the hemoglobin they contain. Hemoglobin is the iron-containing protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body, and a deficiency of red blood cells causes a lack of oxygen in the organs and cells. Dietary changes may help you to keep your hemoglobin and red blood cell levels healthy naturally. Try including the foods listed in this article in your diet to support healthy blood levels. Read More...
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Alkaline Water vs. Distilled Water: Which is Best?

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Alkaline water is water which has been run through an ionizer using a process called electrolysis which separates the alkaline and acidic constituents of water. Distilled water is water which has been heated to the boiling point in a distiller. The solid particles in the water are left behind as the water itself is converted into steam, which is then collected and condensed into pure water. But which is best for your health? Read More...
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Beyond Bananas: 13 Potassium-Rich Foods

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When looking to add more potassium to your diet, most people think of bananas as being the go-to high-in-potassium source. One banana has about 420 mg of potassium, and is definitely a good source for increasing this important mineral in your diet. But, did you know that there are a wide variety of potassium-rich foods to choose from? Here are 13 foods with more potassium content than the average banana. Read More...
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Your Skin and the Sun

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Sunlight consists of two types of ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. Of these two, UVA rays are the most harmful, penetrating deep into the dermis layer of the skin, damaging collagen fibers in the skin and causing signs of premature aging. UVA is thought to be primarily responsible for melanoma skin cancer. Unlike UVA rays, UVB rays do not penetrate as deeply into the skin and are easily blocked. UVB rays are actually an important source of vitamin D, which is generated in the skin during sunlight exposure. Avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreens can lead to a vitamin D deficiency. On the other hand, too much exposure can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. Tanning is the skin's own built in defense against UV overexposure. When the skin detects UV radiation, it prompts the release of the brown pigment melanin, which absorbs the radiation and dissipates the energy as heat. Full sunscreen coverage can actually block certain wavelengths of light that trigger this natural body defense. Therefore, appropriate sun exposure can actually help prevent skin cancer. Read More...
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Magnesium: The Overlooked Mineral

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Magnesium is one of the most essential elements in the human body, but its importance is often overshadowed by the much more well-known calcium. But what many don't know is that calcium cannot function at all without sufficient magnesium levels in the body. Magnesium not only allows calcium to be properly absorbed and utilized by the body, but it also works as an equal partner in many processes that are often attributed to calcium alone, like building strong bones and teeth. Read More...
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