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Herbs for Lymphedema
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Herbs for Lymphedema

Just google "herbs for lymphedema” and you will be taken to all kinds of websites eager to take your money in exchange for some herbal products. I’m sure you would gladly pay if the herbal medicine will help you improve your lymphedema. But do they work?

I’ve once again put my researching skills to the task to reveal which herbs for lymphedema have actually been studied and what the results were.

I’m doing this to help you decide if a herb for lymphedema is right for you. But, this blog does not substitute for medical advice and you should consult your medical care team before taking herbal products.

Medicines and Selenium Supplements for Lymphedema
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Medicines and Selenium Supplements for Lymphedema

This blog will focus on prescription medicine and selenium supplements for lymphedema. I do have another blog on Herbs for Lymphedema. But before you jump to that, be sure to read this information about selenium as it has more research and more promising results than herbal products for lymphedema.

I’m doing this to help you decide if a medication or selenium supplement for lymphedema is right for you. But, this blog does not substitute for medical advice and you should consult your medical care team before taking any supplements.

Wheatgrass Juicing and Cancer
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Wheatgrass Juicing and Cancer

In this blog I will review the human research with wheatgrass juicing and fermented wheat germ and cancer. What is Wheatgrass?
Wheatgrass is the young grass of the common wheat plant Triticum aestivum. It is most known for its high level of chlorophyll (70% of the solid content) but is also contains flavonoids, vitamins A, C and E, minerals, amino acids and enzymes.

The plants have a peak in nutritional quality when they are 15-20 cm tall. When you harvest these plants and put them through an extractor, that separates the pulp from the juice the resulting juice is a dark green, grassy-tasing beverage.

17 Best Types of Microgreens and Broccoli Microgreens Nutrition
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17 Best Types of Microgreens and Broccoli Microgreens Nutrition

Broccoli microgreens and sprouts are tiny, but they are superstars in the nutrition world. In fact, researchers from the University of Maryland call them "an exciting new food for the 21st century".

This blog will cover all aspects of sprouts and microgreens including nutrition, with a special focus on broccoli microgreens. You can read the post from top to bottom, or navigate using this Table of Contents.

Sprouts and microgreens are not recommended for young children, pregnant women, older adults or those with a compromised immune system due to the risk of bacterial contamination (Health Canada, 2013).

ChronoDiet
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ChronoDiet

A chronodiet takes into account your body's natural rhythms to determine the optimal time to eat. It has been shown that erratic eating patterns can disrupt the coordination of the body's systems leading to chronic disease while a fasting and eating cycle that is matched to your body's internal clock can prevent or reverse chronic disease.

I will explore this topic as well as the relationship between shift work, jet leg and health including body weight and cancer.

Fasting Mimicking Diets
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Fasting Mimicking Diets

Fasting mimicking diets allow you to eat, but trick your body into thinking that it's fasting. They are low to moderate carbohydrate, low protein, moderate to high fat and limited calories. They are designed to allow you to consume some food, while still receiving the metabolic benefits of fasting.

When you fast, your body switches from using glucose and stored glycogen in the liver as the main source of fuel and uses fat, producing ketones as a bi-product. This is called metabolic switching or "the switch".

Gifts for a Cancer Patient
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Gifts for a Cancer Patient

With nearly 1 in 2 Canadians and 1.8 million Americans being diagnosed with a new cancer in 2020 it's very likely that you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer.

When you find out that someone you know has cancer, it's likely your first instinct to help. As a someone who went through the cancer journey myself, I can tell you that the support of friends and family is so important.

With this in mind, I have curated a collection of Gifts for a Cancer Patient to help inspire you and to think of creative ways to help, with input from other cancer survivors and my fellow dietitians.

Products for Lymphedema
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Products for Lymphedema

From bandaging supplies, to compression garments, shoes, clothing, exercise equipment, lotions, creams, shavers, books and more! This blog post is a complete collection of the supplies and resources that you can use to help you manage your lymphedema.

Biblical Fasts
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Biblical Fasts

Fasting is mentioned throughout the bible, both in the old and new testaments. It is used as prayer for special intention, for healing, and as an act of gratitude among other reasons. The blog posts details the various ways in which fasting is used throughout the bible with examples citing chapter and verse. In addition, there is an interview with Andrew H. who regularly uses fasting as part of his prayer practice as he shares his personal experience in a Q and A.

Ketogenic Diet and Lymphedema
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Ketogenic Diet and Lymphedema

The ketogenic diet is often recommended and used for lymphedema and this blog post explores the research on ketogenic diet and lymphedema, describes the various types of ketogenic eating and the precautions for ketogenic diet. If you are considering ketogenic diet for your lymphedema, this is a must-read blog for you.