Let’s get shrooming boys!

Okay ladies, you’re invited too, but it’s Movember and we’ve gotta support the fellas this month!

Sadly, it’s safe to assume that you or someone close to you has struggled with cancer in one way or another. When considering a diet to support cancer, we automatically think of antioxidants/phytonutrients, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and fiber, alkalinizing foods, dark leafy greens and the list goes on. Although these are excellent suggestions, I bet the word fungi doesn’t come to mind. Yes, fighting the big “c” with fungi.

Medicinal mushrooms have definitely earned the title of being wellness warriors. Although mushrooms have been used as a healing food since the ancient Romans and Egyptians, “new” research has come out proving that mushrooms and mushroom extracts are strong little fighters against cancer, especially in the case of breast and prostate cancers. Many cultures have long considered mushrooms to be tonics which strengthen and invigorate the immune system. Hello!? Awesome.

What makes Mushrooms Movember Warriors?

– One of the most commonly known active components in mushrooms are polysaccharides. After eating these little warriors, immune cells in the intestinal wall engulf the polysaccharide and set off a chain reaction which results in an increased number and activity of natural killer cells. In case you were too busy passing notes in high school biology class, natural killer cells (also known as “NK Cells”) are agents of the immune system which destroys bacteria, viruses and malignant cells.

– Mushrooms contain CLA  which is known to slow down the activity of an enzyme needed to make estrogen. Cancers of the sex organs thrive in a high estrogen environment, yes boys..even YOU can have too much estrogen!

– Mushrooms are a great source of selenium. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant. Aside from slowing the rate of tumour progression,studies have shown that men who consume high amounts of selenium in their diet have a decreased risk of developing prostate cancer.

Along with many other beneficial properties, these shrooming soldiers may play a large roll in fighting the battle against cancer. I’ve come to terms that fighting with fungi is not as trendy as growing a “sexy” mustache but keeping this in mind, do me a favour and keep up to date with your research. Be proactive, take control of your own health and remember to turn aaaand cough.

Check it out: http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_stamets_on_6_ways_mushrooms_can_save_the_world.html 

For all the Hippies in Heels

Well my beauties, I’m creating a new category on my blog.. “hippies in heels”. This is my way of providing you with all the product information my lovely readers are looking for..au natural. Why you ask? ..because I truly understand the struggle of finding a good, natural beauty products, that not only does the job, but doesn’t drain the wallet. Once you’ve found this wonderful product, you open it up and it smells like… well let’s just say it wasn’t the smell you were hoping for. What’s a “hippie in heels” gotta do to stay feeling fresh, fashionable, fabulous and free of chemicals?

Hippies.. a word that is commonly used to describe holistic nutritionists. Do I mind? Not one bit! Am I actually a hippie? No. That being said, I secretly admire the days of rebellion and revolution.

What really distinguishes this generation. . . is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one’s own efforts. 
Hannah Arendt (1972)

Aside from the war, there is so much to love about the fifties all the way through to the seventies. This was a time of change, development, acts of freedom, music and movements. This is a time before blackberries, androids and iphones,  ipads, laptops, HD television, facebook and twitter, tooney tuesdays and most of all the luxuries we have become dependent on today. Sure, it’s handy and evolution is wonderful but let’s not forget about going back to the basics once and a while. Home cooked meals, hand writing and mailing a letter (right), meeting up with a friend to gossip rather than texting (sometimes the wrong person, uh huh), tuning into rad hits, and simply taking time for yourself. Can you blame a girl for loving the sixties?

My revolution..

To not only take a stand for my own personal health and well-being but to preach to all you health sinners and new beginners! Discover what is in your beauty products and understand how it is effecting your bod. Pucker your bright red lips, flip your smooth, luscious hair and flirt wearing your favourite fragrance. Do it with class, do it with sass but do it naturally.

Caring for your Ta Ta’s

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which path will you take?

I came close buuut I couldn’t make my way into “Movember” without sharing some tips on how to care for the girls.

Finding the Cure… overdone? Don’t get me wrong, I would be pretty damn happy if a cure for breast cancer were to be discovered but in the meantime, my spot light is on prevention.

Ten tips for keeping the fun bags happy.

1. Incorporate cruciferous veggies
Although all vegetables are great to include in your daily diet, when relating to hormonal imbalances and specifically breast cancer…think cruciferous. Kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and last but not least the popular brussels sprouts. Research shows that this group of vegetables contains a chemical called “sulforaphane” which not only targets and kills cancer stem cells but prevents new tumours from forming. Along with this beneficial effect, these fancy veggies contain indole-3-carbinol which is known to balance estrogen in the body by partially blocking estrogen receptor sites on cell membranes. Kale smoothie anyone?

2. Avoid xenoestrogens
The word itself flashes warning. This harmful chemical mimics estrogen in the body and simply said..confuses the hell out of your bod. These masters of disguise land themselves most commonly on fruit and veggies sprayed with pesticide, industrial pollutants, residues on animal products and get this…interact paper (you know, that stuff we touch everyday).

3. Limit alcohol consumption
This was mind-boggling to me. Well, the alcohol was a no brainer but recently I was reading a health magazine and read a statistic that read “if you consume 3 or more drinks daily, your chances of breast cancer increase by 51%”. Wowzers.

4. Bust a move
Run, walk, bike, swim, skip, sex, juggle or shake whatcha mama gave ya..I don’t care what it is that you do but get moving! Aside from the looooong list of benefits from exercise, it’s good for the knockers too! Women who perform moderate exercise 6 hours a week may have reduced their chances of breast cancer by 21%. Tone, moan and groan!

5. Dry skin brush
I can’t stress enough how many people I see that have a congested lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system plays many roles in our body but it is pretty much a sister to the immune system which everyone knows we need in top condition in order to fight disease. Congestion is so easily corrected with dry skin brushing – simple, invigorating and it will leave your skin with a glow. Find a dry skin brush at your local grocery or health food store. Before turning on the shower, use the brush in a circular motion all over the surface of your body. You will notice your skin becoming red which means you’re doing it right! This is caused by increased blood circulation.

6. Vitamin D
As we’re beginning to experience a change in temperature (burr), Ontario is not sun ‘n beach all year round. This calls for Vitamin D supplementation! In respect to breast cancer, research has proven (thanks U of T), that Vitamin D reduces your risk drastically. Consult your N.D or nutritional practitioner for specific amounts you should personally be taking.

7. Reduce unnecessary radiation
Thermography – if you haven’t heard of it, please do some research! Like all other x-rays, mammograms which are used for early detection use doses of ionizing radiation to create an image. The NCI revealed evidence that, among women under the age of 35, mammography could case 75 cases of breast cancer for every 15 it identifies. Ahem…pardon? Dr. John. W. Gofman, an authority on the health effects of ionizing radiation, estimates that 75 percent of breast cancer could be prevented by avoiding or minimizing exposure to ionizing radiation. This includes mammography, x-rays and other medical/dental sources. By all means, I am NOT suggesting that you don’t get checked but perhaps research some alternative methods such as thermography.

8. Minimize chemical exposure
Have a pen handy? rBGH/rBST. Bovine growth hormone found in meat & dairy
Acrylamides. Compounds that are created when starchy foods are subjected to high heat (french fries and potato chips). Common Betty Crocker, heat that oven up to 350!
BPA (or Bisphenol A). Found in the lining of cans and plastic food containers
Phthalates. Plastic food containers
Styrene. Leaches from Styrofoam food trays and disposable containers
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride). Used in food packaging

9. Kick the cans to the curb
BPA found in the lining of cans and plastic food containers (in case you missed that line!) is a hormone disruptor and should be completely avoided whenever possible.

10.  Create an alkalinizing environment in your body
Cancer thrives in an acidic body. Try incorporating foods such as lemon, dark leafy greens, celery, grapefruit, cinnamon, ginger and curry. Experience the cleansing effects of consuming an alkalinizing diet and lifestyle.

So instead of sitting around waiting for a cure, take control of your own health and promote prevention.