Are there links between Bras and Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is a deadly and scary disease. So it is natural that you want to know how to lower your risk of developing it.

At some point you may have heard of a connection between wearing bras and developing of breast cancer, however, there’s no direct link.

Here are some of the misconceptions among women regarding breast cancer:

Underwire and bad fitting bras cause cancer

  • It is a popular myth that underwire and tightly fitting bras can cause tightness in the chest area which is then claimed to cause breast cancer.
  • However this does not have an effect on the lymphatic system.
  • Breast cancer mostly develops in the upper quadrant which is not covered by a bra.
  • If there was a true association, there would be more cancer in the bra region. Hence, there is no proven link between wearing bras and the risk of breast cancer.

Sleeping in your bra or wearing your bra for too long can cause breast cancer

  • According to this myth wearing your bra every night or for too long prevents your pores from being able to breathe.
  • Sweat accumulates and toxins build up which are believed to cause breast cancer.
  • The same misconception applies for wearing a bra which is extremely tight and constricts your chest.
  • This myth has been refuted by leading cancer organizations.

What Does Lower your risk of Developing Breast Cancer?

So if you want to do what you can to lower the risk of developing breast cancer, experts recommend

  • eating well,
  • staying active,
  • knowing your personal risk,
  • doing regular self breast examination
  • and being screened appropriately.

As for your bra, go ahead and keep on wearing it if that’s what makes you feel comfortable.

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Why A Gluten Free Diet Might Not Be Healthy For You

Gluten is a complex protein structure that is found in food. It acts like a glue, giving shape to your food. Interestingly, the name glu – ten is derived from this glue-like property of wet dough. It’s typically found in wheat and similar food products like barley and rye.  

While most people are able to tolerate gluten and experience no negative reaction from their body to gluten, people with coeliac disease, gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy or some other diseases are intolerant and have severe reactions to gluten.  

Gluten free diets have become very popular. Many celebrities and athletes have claimed that everyone can benefit from a gluten-free diet. But is this true? This article explores whether it is actually a good decision to cut all gluten from your diet.   

By eliminating gluten from their diets, people with coeliac disease and sensitivity to wheat experience lessening or resolution of symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, fatigue and diarrhea or constipation over time. 

With these testimonies in mind – many people have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon without taking into account any risks involved in doing so. Some people mistake themselves as being sensitive to gluten when they’re sensitive to other components of wheat such as fructans. Gluten is often the scapegoat when in fact, there might be other causes for symptoms of intolerance. These may be alleviated but not fully by going “gluten-free”.  

In addition – there may be nutritional downsides to going gluten-free. You might not get enough Vitamin B, Fibre and Iron. Gluten free foods may have just as many calories and, replacing gluten might add a lot of fat and sugars to the foods consumed. Ultimately, you may end up taking in more calories when you eliminate gluten. 

Going gluten free is not necessarily a good choice. In general, and without evidence for a specific intolerance – increasing fiber intake and reducing calories is the best way to lose weight and maintain a healthy diet.

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Glass Milk Bottles – Available now

glass milk bottles

Are you like me and trying to avoid plastics?  And, are you also like me who purchases milk from the supermarket or store and places it in the fridge? It takes me around five days to consume a litre of milk.  So the milk I drink is exposed to the plastic for that period of time.

My concern about this led me to source the Groceries for Health 1L glass bottle. Yes, just like we had all those years ago when milk was delivered by the milkman.  Unfortunately, you had to pick them up from outside the front door before the crows, magpies or the dog beat you!

So now, as soon as I get home with the milk,  I pour it straight into a glass bottle thus reducing the time the fresh milk is exposed to plastic. I keep an empty bottle, cleaned, in the fridge for when the current bottle in use is nearly finished.  I’ll purchase a fresh bottle of milk and transfer it ready for use and throw the plastic bottle out after rinsing.

At present Purchasing two 1L bottles for $9 will include four reusable lids and biodegradable packaging.  Delivery anywhere across Australia and New Zealand will be  COD. A stainless steel funnel will be an extra for these bottles as soon as I find the right shape.

Instructions for purchasing;

Deposit $9 through direct deposit to

BSB 484-799,
Suncorp
Account number 602318946.

Then use the contact form below and provide the transaction reference number.  Add in your postal address and we’ll have the GFH Glass Bottles on their way.

*Please note this product is not on the Inner Origin platform*

 

Coffee – Number 1 source of Antioxidants

Coffee is a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants and beneficial nutrients.
Studies have shown that it may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve mood and stop headaches.

Coffee’s antioxidant compound includes 

1. Caffeic acid
2. Caffeine
3. Eugenol
4. Gamma- tocopherol
5. Isoeugenol
6. P-coumaric acid
7. Tannic acid
In fact, coffee is the primary and essential source of beneficial, protective antioxidants in the American diet.
Roasted coffee contain more antioxidants than non-roasted coffee.

Major Health Benefits of Coffee:

Helps you burn fat – Caffeine is found in almost every fat burning supplements. It’s among one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning.

Drastically improves physical performance – Caffeine stimulates the nervous system by signalling fat cells to break down body fat. But it also increases epinephrine levels in your blood. Epinephrine is a fight or flight hormone which prepares your body for intense physical exertion. Therefore it makes sense to have a strong cup of coffee before you head to the gym.

Contains important and essential nutrients – A single cup of coffee contains-

1. Riboflavin- 11%of reference daily intake (RDI)
2. Pantothenic acid(Vitamin B5)- 6% of the RDI
3. Manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDI
4. Magnesium and Niacin( Vitamin D3): 2% of the RDI

 

Lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is a major health problem currently affecting millions of people. It is characterized by elevated blood sugar level caused by insulin resistance. For some reason coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes.

May lower your risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia: Alzheimer’s is the most common neurodegenerative disorder and the leading cause of dementia. Several studies reveal that coffee drinkers have up to a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and coffee consumption reduces the risk of this disorder.

Can fight depression and make you happier: Depression is a serious mental disorder which causes a significantly reduced quality of life. It is very common as about 42% people in US currently meet the criteria for clinical depression.

Another study found that people who drank 4 or more cups of coffee per day were 53% less likely to die by suicide.
For people who eat a standard western diet, coffee may be one of the healthiest aspects of the diet. This is because coffee is quite high in antioxidants.
In excess, coffee and more particularly caffeine can cause problems but taking about 2 or 3 cups of coffee per day is suggestive of health benefits from it.

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Probiotics: Promote instant intestinal health

Probiotics: What are they and what do you need before taking them?
Probiotics are a type of bacteria that provide you with a range of health benefits when taken in the right amounts. These live microorganisms are said to restore the healthy balance of gut bacteria in your digestive system regulating your stools and improving your overall immune system. If you’re ill and the problem is related to your gut, probiotics are the solution.

1. Selecting the specific probiotic organisms:

Probiotics come in many variations
  • Lactobacillus
  • Lactococcus
  • Propionibacterium
  • Bulgaricus
  • Streptococcus thermophilus
Lactobacillus is the most common probiotic, commonly found in yogurt and fermented food. It helps with diarrhea and has a beneficial impact on people who cannot digest lactose.
Another common probiotic is Bifidobacterium– it can be found in some dairy products like cheese and it is beneficial for people suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

2. Optimal conditions for probiotics:

Don’t forget that probiotics are living organisms and they need optimal environment so they can flourish. Fresh food rather than processed is a better choice.

3. Dig into fermented foods :

Live probiotic cultures are found in fermented dairy products such as yoghurt and kefir- a fermented milk drink. Other fermented foods abundant in probiotics are
  • Kombucha
  • Pickles
  • Kimchi
  • Tempen

4. When should you take probiotics:

Probiotics are best taken 15-30 mins before breakfast. This is a time when bacteria has the highest chance of survival due to the acidic nature of the gut.
Avoid taking probiotics together with acidic foods as they can kill microbes.

5. Storage of probiotics:

You’re making a mistake if you’re keeping your probiotic supplements in the bathroom medicine cabinet or kitchen cupboard. These places have fluctuating temperatures which result in a change in moisture levels which can lead to a change in the effectiveness of your products.

6. Side effects of probiotics:

Gas or bloating. It is a relatively uncommon issue but some people have reported it. It shouldn’t necessarily be a surprise as your body needs time to adjust to new internal conditions
People taking yeast based probiotics may experience constipation and increased thirst.
Incorporating probiotics regularly is your best bet for continued well being.

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Buy Progood Probiotics products here

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