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Colon Health 101: Canola or Corn Oil?

Written by Lisa Jillanza

In a recent animal study, it was found that diets that included canola oil rather than corn oil had less of a chance of growing colon tumors. 

One of the reasons that gives canola the edge is the high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, where corn oil is higher in omega-6 fatty acids.  In the animals tested, researchers charted the size and number of colon tumors and tested their blood for its fatty acid amount.  When comparing animals whose diets contained corn oil verses canola oil, the animals whose diet included canola oil had fewer tumors and much smaller tumors on average.

While researchers will next attempt this same study on humans, researchers and nutritionists alike agree that only good can come from including more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.

Healthy Living: Benefits of Massage Therapy

Written by Lisa Jillanza

For more than 120 years, experts have been researching the benefits of massage therapy, and besides the obvious stress-free feeling that people have following a massage, there are plenty of other benefits to this ancient healing procedure. 

One major benefit of massage therapy that researchers have found is that people who get massages on a regular basis have noticed a decrease in their blood pressure.  

Massages also help to alleviate the pain of those who suffer from migraine headaches. 

Massage can also: reduce your heart rate, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, relax your muscles, improve your range of motion, and increase endorphins. 

Research has also shown that while massage therapy does not increase your muscle strength, it can stimulate your weak and inactive muscles and can thereby aid muscles that you may not have worked out in quite some time. 

Some other physical benefits of massage therapy include relieving muscle tension and stiffness, alleviating discomfort during pregnancy, reducing

muscle spasms, promoting deeper and easier breathing, enhancing the health and nourishment of your skin, and improving your posture. 

Massage therapy, while a physical act, is not all about physical benefits.  There are plenty of mental benefits that having a massage can give you. Some of these mental benefits include promoting mental alertness, relieving mental stress, reducing levels of anxiety, improving motor skills, creating   body awareness, and fostering a feeling of well-being. 

While this article only touches on a few benefits of massage therapy, both physical and mental, there are plenty more out there that researchers are learning about each day.  

So, whatever your reason may be, pamper yourself today and reap all the benefits of a great massage.

In the News: Women’s Health by the Decades

Written by Lisa Jillanza

Women of all ages need to make sure to stay healthy and most experts break down women’s health routines by their age.  Here are some different checks and measures that should be met as women age, through their 60s.

 

 

In your 20s…

  1. Kick your unhealthy habits.  Sure, we all drank too much, ate too much, and maybe smoked too much during our college days, but those days should be left at college. Many habits that you form in your 20s stick with you throughout your life, so let go of the bad ones!
  2. Plan for an annual physical.  Schedule an annual check-up into your life and stick to it.  You will thank yourself and will be assured that you are doing as well as you feel.
  3. Get your fill of calcium and vitamin D. 

 

In your 30s…

  1. Keep an eye on the scale as many women begin to deal with weight struggles in their 30s.
  2. Get your sleep – all eight hours – if you can!

 

In your 40s…

  1. Get a mammogram.
  2. Have a diabetes screening done, as your chances of having Type II diabetes is more common in your 40s.
  3. Try to get at least 20 to 30 minutes of exercise in per day.

 

In your 50s…

  1. Pay attention to your heart and your risk factors like cholesterol and blood pressure.
  2. Schedule a colonoscopy.
  3. Get the flu vaccine every year.

 

In your 60s…

  1. Have a bone density test done.
  2. Make sure to increase your intake of vitamin B12, which helps to produce healthy red blood cells.
  3. Inquire about getting a shingles vaccine and be careful of your risk factors for catching pneumonia.

Fitness for All: Lose Weight a Work

Written by Lisa Jillanza

You are there at least 8 hours a day (if not more) so why not try and do everything you can to change your diet and fitness routine while you are there? Here are some simple ways to lose weight at work.

  • Don’t miss breakfast.  We have heard it all before, but in order to lose weight make sure you are packing a powerful protein for that first meal of the day.
  • Pack your lunch.  When you pack your lunch, you are in complete control of portion sizes, if you go out to lunch you are more than likely to overeat and have unnecessary calories.
  • Walk on your lunch break – or at least half of it.  Instead of taking your entire lunch hour eating, take a half an hour to eat and a half an hour to get out and exercise.  Try a brisk walk to help you lose weight and burn stress, too.
  • Keep a food journal.  That way you are determining how many calories you are taking in during the day.  Many people fail to realize how many calories they are ingesting in a single day until they start writing it down and logging it.
  • If possible, leave your car at home.  People who walk or bike to work have a lower risk of being obese.  If you take a bus to work, get off a few stops before your stop and walk the rest of the way.  If you must take a car, park at a parking lot away from your building and get some extra cardio in before your work day even starts.
  • Wear a pedometer.  During the day, shoot for 10,000 steps or approximately 5 miles.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator a few days a week or walk to a coworker’s desk instead of sending them an email.
  • Walk around during the day.  While your boss may frown on you doing this many times during the day, if you get up a few extra times a day you will burn more calories than staying sedentary for your full eight-hour shift.
  • Get a headset and pace in your office when you are on the phone.  Many people who work in an office don’t realize how many hours they spend on the phone… utilize this time by burning some calories while on the phone.

Healthy Living: Ways to De-Stress This Holiday Season

Written by Lisa Jillanza

The holidays can be the most joyous AND the most stressful time of the year. Instead of driving yourself crazy and worrying your way through the season, use the following advice to help de-stress this year.

Healthy Ways to De-stress

If you exchange gifts with friends, family or co-workers, decide ahead of time a pre-set spending limit that you will spend on each other.  By keeping this amount in mind when you are shopping it will be less stressful to you when you are searching for that perfect gift as you can eliminate certain gifts if necessary.

Don't try to do all the cooking for your get-togethers.  Instead delegate certain dishes to your different family members or guests and let them help take the stress off you when it comes to the meal.  You will not only get a break, but your guests will feel like they contributed to making the holiday special.

Watch your sugar intake over the holiday season.  Taking in too much sugar will not only lead to bloating, but it could also lead to depression.  By watching what sugary treats you eat this season you will also avoid having to lose those extra pounds that you may put on by eating those foods.

 Teach your children the value of gift-giving and the “reason for the season.”  Children do not need an abundance of gifts, instead by getting them a few memorable gifts you will be instilling in them happiness for what they do get.  This will also alleviate the stress of shopping every day for those items that will only be forgotten in a few days

Don't sweat it if things aren't “perfect.”  Believe it or not, your friends and family aren't interested in critiquing your tree, your decorations, your food or your gifts.  Stop stressing about making everything perfect and realize that this holiday is about the joys of spending time together and not the other minor details.