Change your cancer gene

If someone told you to, “Change your jeans!” you would probably think, “OK, I have been wearing them for a week now, I’ll give them a wash.” Yet if someone told you to, “Change your genes!”, then your response might be a little less acquiescent and might go something like, “Change my genes? I can’t change my genes, that’s what genes are…unchangeable! I can’t change my genetics, that’s who I am. Leave me and my genes alone!”

Such a wildly disparate response to a simple change in spelling. If that second response though, is one that you agree with, then think again. Your genes may be set, but how they are expressed is not and that is the science of epigenetics. What new research is now showing is that certain vegetables reduce your chances of cancer, and may even treat cancer, via epigenetic effects. That is, some vegetables can change how your genes express themselves and in so doing give your health a major boost.

We have known for a long time, perhaps forever, that vegetables are good for us. Mostly we have understood that in terms of their nutritional content; we know that vegetables provide you with the vitamins and minerals that your cells need to function optimally. Now knew research has shown that some vegetables provide more than nutrition, they provide substances that impact how your genetic material expresses itself and that means they impact your health and specifically your cancer risk.

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Mediterranean diet: Choose this heart-healthy diet option

Mediterranean diet: Choose this heart-healthy diet optionMediterranean Diet Pyramid

The Mediterranean diet is a heart-healthy eating plan combining elements of Mediterranean-style cooking. Here’s how to adopt the Mediterranean diet.

By Mayo Clinic staff

If you’re looking for a heart-healthy eating plan, the Mediterranean diet might be right for you. The Mediterranean diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating — plus a splash of flavorful olive oil and perhaps a glass of red wine — among other components characterizing the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Most healthy diets include fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and limit unhealthy fats. While these parts of a healthy diet remain tried-and-true, subtle variations or differences in proportions of certain foods may make a difference in your risk of heart disease.

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Why not getting enough sleep can cause you to gain weight

A new study out of Columbia University says that sleep deprivation can cause a person to eat roughly 300 more calories a day than normal, which can ultimately lead to weight gain and obesity. Reported at the recent American Heart Association conference in Atlanta, Ga., the study provides insight into what could be a substantial contributor to the obesity epidemic — inadequate rest.

Marie-Pierre St-Onge, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition medicine at Columbia, and her colleagues evaluated 26 normal-weight men and women who normally all adhered to healthy sleeping schedules of between seven and nine hours of rest a night. On two separate evaluations for the study, however, half the group was instructed to sleep four hours a night for six nights, and the other half was instructed to sleep nine hours a night for six nights.

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