So much time is spent talking about healthy foods…. super foods, even… that I’m afraid a lot of people are beginning to grow immune to the information. They see an article touting the benefits of spinach, blueberries, or walnuts and move along to the next article thinking, “I already know what foods are good for me and what foods aren’t!”
The problem is, most of us don’t know even 1/4th of what we think we know! In fact, each year NEW information comes out about the foods we “think” we know everything about. Oftentimes, this information is different from what we’ve read in the past. One food may be EVEN better for us than previously believed while another may not be quite as healthy as the reputation it once had.
Another reason to keep up to date on foods, vitamins, and minerals is this: if you have a particular disease and/or are on a particular medicine, new research may alert you to food(s) you need to avoid or food(s) you need to learn to love!
What I love most about healthy foods is the fact that they can actually help us keep from getting sick in the first place. Research shows the following foods can help prevent cancer, and while a few may be expected, a few others may surprise you. Enjoy the infographic and be sure to work as many of these delicious foods and drinks into your life as possible!
Infographic Credit: Recommended Things
One of my Favorites from Kaldi’s Coffee
I’m sure (even at the cusp of certain) that I cold live without coffee. I don’t plan to find out, mind you, but I’m sure I could find a way to muddle through mornings and afternoons without my caffeinated fuel and I suppose I could find a way to survive evenings without my favorite cup of decaf warmth and comfort. I could always drink tea and pretend, right?
Wrong. I’d never make it so I’ll just stop pretending.
Coffee is as much a part of my life as something without skin or fur could be. I began drinking coffee when I was around the age of 6. I wasn’t overtly mature for my age… far from it. Heck, I’m still not mature for my age or anyone else’s age, but we won’t get into that…. because I said so, that’s why!
My mom began giving me coffee at such a young age on the advice of my pediatrician who proved to be a genius. I have had asthma since birth and my attacks used to get really scary. When I was/am given warm coffee, it opens my air passages beautifully – faster than any medication I’ve ever had. Ironically, I had to have a cup last night because of wheezing left behind from bronchitis. Granted, most of my cups of coffee today don’t include the amount of cream and milk they did when I was a little coffeeholic… I’m not saying all of them, mind you… just most.
The infographic below details how coffee isn’t just excellent for those of us with asthma. It has more going on for it than you’d ever have suspected.
Enjoy the infographic while I make myself a nice warm cup of happiness! ~ Joi (“Joy”)
If you’re not a coffee lover, now is the perfect time to become one! Recent studies have shown that drinking coffee regularly provides numerous health benefits. Take a look at this infographic and discover the benefits of drinking coffee.
I was recently discussing anxiety with a family member who is a close, personal friend of the disorder. While she doesn’t experience the symptoms on a daily basis, the disorder is ever-present. Sort of like those of us with asthma – we may not have trouble breathing daily, but we are never free of the disease.
We simply manage it to the best of our abilities.
The thing that fascinates me the most about anxiety is that it used to be something you seldom heard about. I’ve often wondered, as many have, what has caused the obvious surge in anxiety disorders. Through reading a great deal about anxiety (when multiple people in your family suffer from a particular disorder, you pretty much make yourself an expert on the subject), I’ve found that this is a disorder that is FAR from a “one size fits all” situation. One person’s symptoms, in fact, may not even remotely resemble another person’s.
What’s more, the things that cause “flare ups” or even “attacks” greatly differ as well.
One of the things that works against individuals who have legitimate, clinical anxiety disorders is the frustrating fact that countless people are claiming that they have “anxiety disorders” when, in fact, they simply feel “anxious” at particular times or in particular situations.
When I had to give a speech in college, for example, I felt anxious – to the point of nearly feeling nauseous (I hate public speaking!). However, I don’t – nor did I then – have anxiety. I simply felt anxious because of the situation.
The fact that so many people take it upon themselves to say they have an anxiety disorder when they actually don’t does a disservice to the men and women who actually battle the disorder.
The infographic below gives a lot of insight into how our digital world can effect anxiety. It’s actually an angle I had never considered and it’s downright fascinating.
Diet can also play a role in anxiety disorders. I’ve read MANY, MANY accounts where cutting out gluten and sugar have greatly improved people’s symptoms.
When you live with a particular disease or disorder, it’s more than worth it to try any approach you can. After all, any relief is just that….. relief! – Joi (“Joy”)