William L. Wesselink, DC, FACO
Chiropractor - Tucson
4558 N. 1st Ave. #110
Tucson, AZ 85718
Skin cancer's scary and way too common, so we hope you're in the habit of slapping on sunscreen and you haven't hit a tanning bed since 1995. Those are by far the easiest and best ways to protect yourself against this deadly disease, but a new study has revealed another potential weapon: fish oil. Yes, in addition to helping your heart, joints, tendons, muscles, nerves, and brain, fish oil will save your skin.
Ultraviolet rays suppress the immune system and hinder the body's ability to battle inflammation, infection, and diseases like skin cancer, which prompted a team of U.K. researchers to investigate whether omega-3-rich fish oil – a well-known anti-inflammatory – could help combat the damage. The researchers had seen this happen in mice, but the treatment hadn't yet been tested on humans. The researchers gave study participants either 5 grams of fish oil or a placebo every day for three months and then stuck them under a light machine that simulated scorching midday sun. Sure enough, using various modes to measure immune suppression, they found that fish oil cut the fake sun's impact by about half.
This is great news, especially since fish oil, along with other solid omega-3 sources such as flaxseed oil, wild-caught salmon, and trout, also protects your heart, brain, and more. Still, you don't want to swap the Coppertone for fish oil. Keep using sunscreen, wearing hats, and doing all the smart things to stay safe in the sun, and then load up on omega-3s for bonus protection. Call to find out the best kind to take if you don't have a good one.
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A picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s why nutritionists use symbols and shapes to answer the question, “What should I eat?” For nearly two decades, the U.S. government distilled its nutrition advice into pyramids. These efforts didn't accurately show people what makes up a healthy diet. Why? Their recommendations were based on out-of-date science and influenced by people with business interests in the messages the icons sent. This year, the U.S. government scrapped its MyPyramid icon in favor of the fruit-and-vegetable rich MyPlate—an improvement, yet one that still doesn't go far enough to show people how to make the healthiest choices.
There are better alternatives: the new Healthy Eating Plate and the Healthy Eating Pyramid, both built by faculty members in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in conjunction with colleagues at Harvard Health Publications. The Healthy Eating Plate fixes the flaws in USDA's MyPlate, just as the Healthy Eating Pyramid rectifies the mistakes of the USDA's food pyramids. Both the Healthy Eating Plate and the Healthy Eating Pyramid are based on the latest science about how our food, drink, and activity choices affect our health—and are unaffected by businesses and organizations with a stake in their messages.
When it’s time for dinner, most of us eat off of a plate. So think of the new Healthy Eating Plate as blueprint for a typical meal: Fill half your plate with produce—colorful vegetables, the more varied the better, and fruits. (Remember, potatoes and French fries don't count as vegetables!) Save a quarter of your plate for whole grains. A healthy source of protein, such as fish, poultry, beans, or nuts, can make up the rest. The glass bottle is a reminder to use healthy oils, like olive and canola, in cooking, on salad, and at the table. Complete your meal with a cup of water, or if you like, tea or coffee with little or no sugar (not the milk or other dairy products that the USDA’s MyPlate recommends; limit milk/dairy products to one to two servings per day). And that figure scampering across the bottom of the placemat? It’s your reminder that staying active is half of the secret to weight control. The other half is eating a healthy diet with modest portions that meet your calorie needs—so be sure you choose a plate that is not too large. .....