Friday, May 28, 2010

Anti-Sunburn Foods

Saw this in a magazine and with summer coming soon (hopefully) I thought it would be a good thing to post. I still strongly believe you should always wear sunscreen but it probably wouldn't hurt to add these foods into your summer diet.

I myself have put my skin through A LOT of damage from the sun over the years. Within the last two years I have been a massive sunscreen wearer. After more sunburns then I can count, freckles that have developed in the last 6 years, and moles that have started to change colors....I've realized that I am just setting myself up for skin cancer. Plus, in 2008 I had to have a mole removed to be checked for cancer and the doctor cut a huge hole out of my back. Since I don't do pain or blood I'd like to not have a repeat of that LOL!

Here's the article:

To avoid looking like a steamed lobster this summer, don't forget the sunscreen. But also be sure to eat lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, recommends Dr. Howard Murad, a dermatologist and founder of the Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group in El Segundo, California.

"With fruits and vegetables you're protecting your skin from the inside," Murad says. "It's easy to remember. Look at a rainbow and eat raw foods of those colors. These foods encourage the body's own response to help heal from sun damage."

Three to four servings a day of apricots, pomegranates, broccoli, and tomatoes boost the immune system and help prevent damage from free radicals caused by sun exposure. Green tea helps, too. Fruits and vegetables also hydrate your skin, making it more resistant to drying out.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Breast Cancer

I sent out an email late last year about Inflammatory Breast Cancer also known as IBC. I attached a video from YouTube to the email. Well, I wanted to post it here on my blog also.

Not many know but I've been seeing a breast doctor for over a year now and am being watched for breast cancer or any abnormalities due to some symptoms I've been having. I've become pretty aware of not only my body but the topic of breast cancer.

There are so many women out there that think "I'm young breast exams are for older people". I'm 29 and started having issues at the age of 28. More and more young women are victims of breast cancer. Age means nothing anymore. We should all be aware of any changes with our body.

Anyways, here's some important information I wanted to share with the women in my life.

Breast cancer is something women think they know all about: Look for lumps; have mammograms; see our doctors.

But none of that will save you from one silent breast cancer killer that women know virtually nothing about.

It's called "Inflammatory Breast Cancer," and it's something every woman must know about.

Here is the link to the YouTube video that you should watch...IBC

Friday, May 21, 2010

Kick The Blues Smoothie

Here's a smoothie recipe that we make when we think we might be coming down with a cold.

Blueberries are rich with antiviral and antibiotic compounds that you so need during this time. Together with the rich beta carotene from the mango, your immune system is well protected from the free radicals attack.

1 cup of fresh/frozen blueberries
1/2 banana that is just almost ripe (less calories)
1/2 cup mango slices
1/2 cup milk of choice
1 tablespoon of any kind of ground nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon chlorella/spirulina powder

Put everything in the blender and blend. We usually will add 3 ice cubes so it's a bit colder. Completely up to you though.

For those of you that don't know what Chlorella is I will give you a little background. Chlorella is a green algae. People use it for detoxing. It has the ability to reduce high blood pressure, lower serum cholesterol levels, accelerate wound healing, and enhance immune functions.

You can research it if you'd like. We have found that the best and purest brand for Chlorella is Sun Chlorella Granules 3g packets.

Here's a link to their site where you can get more information.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Safety - Road ID

I emailed my friends and family this link about a year ago. I had heard about it in a magazine and instantly thought I'd buy if for Chad. He walks the country roads by our house and never carries ID. I mean who really wants to carry their license when they go on a walk. So I ripped the page out of the magazine and checked out their website ( I ended up buying Chad a braclet with his name, city and state, my phone number and his parent's phone number on it. They also have shoe tags, ankle braclets, necklaces, etc. There are several different options. You can even put allergy info on them. Basically whatever you'd like.

I highly recommeded checking out their website. If you have a family member or loved one that walks, runs or just plain doesn't care ID on them while they are out this is perfect. It's even great for kids. You can hook it to their shoe if they go on a bike ride to the park with their friends. The items are reasonably priced but you really can't put a price on safety or someone's life.

Again the website is