GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to recognize and celebrate a nationwide annual campaign to give people more information about the disease. Breast cancer is the mostly commonly diagnosed cancer in women, according to the World Health Organization. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime; fortunately, early detection and treatment virtually ensures a high survival rate.


Abnormal cell growth that invades healthy cells in the body broadly defines cancer. Breast cancer occurs the same way. It begins as cancer cells that invade surrounding tissues; eventually the cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Everyone should know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Women should perform monthly breast self-exams to see if there are any changes in the breasts. You can do this exam standing up in front of a mirror, lying down or when you’re in the shower. If there are changes to one of your breasts, contact a health care professional as soon as possible. Some of the most frequent signs include a change in the way the breast or nipple feels, a change in breast or nipple appearance and nipple discharge.


The third Friday in October each year is National Mammography Day. Women are encouraged to make an appointment for a mammography to see if they are at risk for breast cancer. A mammogram is a

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

TANIQUA WARD, M.S.

TaNiqua Ward is a staff writer for Health & Wellness magazine.

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screening that can detect breast cancer in the early stages. Research indicates you are at higher risk of developing breast cancer if it is part of your family history. There are a few ways you can reduce your risk of getting cancer:


•  maintain a healthy weight;

•  stay physically active;

•  follow a well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables;

•  do not smoke; and

•  limit alcohol consumption.


These are just a few good habits to adopt for a healthier lifestyle that may help lower your risk of developing cancer. The most important things you can do are having regular breast exams and going to your health care professional on a basis. This October, be sure to participate in events that bring awareness and raise funds for research and the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.