Breast Cancer Awareness… How does it affect you?
As we begin to see the color pink fill store aisles, internet and television ads, and even the NFL football fields, we know that it's that time of year to raise awareness to a cause near and dear to the entire population. Breast cancer awareness is not just important to women, but also to men who battle breast cancer or who may have wives, sisters, or friends battling the deadly disease.
About 200,000 women and 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Breast Cancer is the 3rd deadliest cancer type after lung/bronchial cancer and colon/rectal cancer. Additionally, cancer is the No. 2 cause of death in the United States; heart disease being No. 1. This year 40,000 women and 4,000 men will die from breast cancer in the US.
As staggering as these numbers are, it is also comforting to know that living a healthy lifestyle can decrease your risk of, not only breast cancer, but many fatal illnesses. Yet as simple as this sounds, we live in a country where fast, processed, unhealthy food is the most accessible and most consumed. This is really not a fault of anyone. Several of us work 8, 9, or even long 12 hour days and preparing a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner just isn't a priority sometimes. So we end up consuming unhealthy, nonnutritive food that lacks the essential vitamins and minerals we need to keep our body healthy.
While it would be ideal for most of us to get our nutrients from the food we consume, as we know, this is nearly impossible. It takes a lot of time to plan out and execute a proper nutritional plan that would get you all of your daily essential vitamins and minerals. In spite of our food consumption obstacles, giving your body the tools it needs to fight diseases, help with brain and nerve functions, convert food into energy, and many other necessary functions, doesn't have to be difficult task. You can start just by taking a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.
Dietary supplements, such as those found in the Healthy Start Pak, are tailored to meet the needs of individuals who want to ensure a healthy foundation of vitamins, minerals, and essential amino and fatty acids. When you feed your body the proper nutrients, it will be able to fight off diseases, stay energized, and simply improve your overall health. For women, however, it is also important to feed it other nutrients that are essential to women's bodies, such as Iron and Folic Acid.
Additionally, women are faced with challenges that go beyond getting the daily dose of essential nutrients. Women need to feed their bodies with nourishing supplements that will help them maintain hormonal balance; which is important to their reproductive system. Other than the Healthy Start Pak, supplements such as Youngevity's Women's Hormone Balancer, can help women with changes in mood, sexual desire, fertility, and ovulation. Another beneficial supplement is the Supralife Women's Multi EFA; made from evening primrose oil which has been known to, not only fight eczema but also, support the body in its fight against PMS and Menopausal symptoms including breast pain.
During this month, we not only want to raise awareness for breast cancer, but for all around good health. Let's start by fueling your bodies with the nutrients it needs daily!
Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI
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