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  • Women: Tips to Reduce Fibrocystic Breast Changes

    Monday, October 18, 2021
    Women: Tips to Reduce Fibrocystic Breast Changes

    Fibrocystic breast disease (also called fibrocystic breast changes) is a common and often painful non-cancerous breast condition. Some women have experienced improvement in, or elimination of, the lumps by completely removing methylxanthines (caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine) from their diets for one to six months. For women over age 45, it may take longer (a year or more in some cases) to see improvement. Methylxanthines are present in foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate, and in some medications. Merely cutting back on methylxanthines is less effective than avoiding them completely.

    Nutritional supplements that have been found to be beneficial for fibrocystic breast disease include vitamin E, thiamine (vitamin B1), and iodine. Consult your doctor to determine the appropriate dosages, particularly in the case of iodine, which can sometimes cause adverse effects at the dosages needed to be effective.

    Source: Nutritional Medicine

  • Don’t Let Cold Weather Put a Freeze on Your Workouts

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    Don’t Let Cold Weather Put a Freeze on Your Workouts

    When the temperature starts to drop, it’s always easy to think up a few good reasons to skip your workout. But some simple tricks, reported on by the Huffington Post, can help keep you moving when the weather outside gets frightful:

    • Go gear shopping. Buy some activewear, like warm leggings or weather-proof running shoes, for your polar workouts. Research has shown that clothing’s symbolic meaning can affect the wearer's mindset. So, putting on the right outfit may help you get mentally ready to exercise.
    • Make summer plans. Set future goals and plans to help you stay motivated in the present. Plan a backpacking trip or sign up for a marathon. Visualizing your end goal will help you stay motivated while you train to keep up on the trail or in the race.
    • Get into winter activities. Go play in the snow while you can! Skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and sledding are all fun wintertime activities that help keep you fit (and warm you up).
    • Revamp your playlist. Replace your usual mix with some new music or podcasts. A good playlist can jazz up a workout and get you stoked to start your next one.
    • Take each day as it comes. It can be difficult to stay motivated when the weather’s crummy, and that’s okay. If you don’t accomplish all your goals in one day, give yourself a break. Keep a positive attitude by focusing on your successes for the day, which can help keep the frosty atmosphere at bay.

    Source: Huffington Post

  • Rose Hips May Help Increase Knee Joint Mobility

    Monday, October 11, 2021
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    Rose Hips May Help Increase Knee Joint Mobility

    A study reported on in NutraIngredients found an association between supplementing with rose hips, long used in traditional medicine to promote health, and improved knee joint function. The study, published in the journal Gait & Posture, randomly assigned 94 adults with self-reported knee-related walking limitations to receive either rose hip supplements (a total of 2,250 mg per day) or a placebo for 12 weeks. Researchers analyzed the participants’ knee joint movement at the beginning and end of the study to assess any differences. After three months, here is what researchers found:

    • In the researchers’ observations, knee joint movement while walking significantly improved for participants taking the rose hip supplements compared with those taking a placebo.
    • There was no significant difference in self-reported knee mobility and health-related quality of life between the two groups at the end of the study.

    Although the participants did not report knee joint benefits, the findings of this study do align with other related research that has found rose hips may decrease pain in people with osteoarthritis. Other research has found that rose hips may also benefit people with rheumatoid arthritis and back pain.

    Source: Gait & Posture

  • Want to Savor Autumn? Eat Winter Squash

    Wednesday, October 06, 2021
    Want to Savor Autumn? Eat Winter Squash

    Like other vegetables harvested in the fall, such as potatoes and parsnips, winter squash are starchy and filling, but their brightly colored flesh is a clear sign that they are also especially nutritious. There are many varieties of squash, each with a slightly different nutritional value, but they all have some things in common: all squash contain beta-carotene, other carotenes, and carotenoids. Carotenes and carotenoids give squash their yellow, orange, and green hues, as well as their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting properties. Our bodies can also convert carotenes into vitamin A, another important antioxidant and immune-boosting nutrient. In addition, squash contain vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, manganese, copper, and potassium. And don’t throw away the seeds—just a quarter cup of roasted squash seeds provides more than half of the magnesium and all of the zinc you need for a day, as well as some omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, selenium, chromium, and iron.

    Although they are high in carbohydrates, they are a rich source of fiber and have a relatively low glycemic load. Both squash fruit and squash seeds have been found to be helpful for managing blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Researchers think that fibers in squash fruits may have special insulin-sensitizing properties that may be partly responsible for their blood sugar-lowering effects.

    Source: Nutrition Research Reviews

  • Probiotic Protects Against Sore Throats and Infections

    Monday, October 04, 2021
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    Probiotic Protects Against Sore Throats and Infections

    New research, published in the Journal of Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety, highlights the importance of probiotics in treating sore throats and infections in children. During the study, children received a lozenge coated with the probiotic Streptococcus salivarius by Stratum Nutrition. Researchers found that the probiotic lozenge reduced sore throats by 96% and viral infections by 80%. Further, the number of missed school days dropped from 228 to 16. Overall, the study contributes to a growing awareness among scientists and the public about the healing power of probiotics for immune support in addition to its well-known benefits for yeast infections and intestinal health, including conditions such as irritable bowel, constipation, Crohn’s disease, and diverticular disease.

    Source: New Hope 360

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The information presented by TraceGains is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2021.