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Certain types of cancers can be prevented through proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. The American Cancer Association highlights the World Cancer Research Fund, who states one-third of cancer diagnosis in the US is related to obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and/or poor nutrition. Predisposing factors as those listed above can be prevented by maintaining an active lifestyle (according to your health needs), and by consuming wholesome foods that contribute to the prevention of cancer.

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Adverse food reactions are frequently labeled as allergies, when they can be mere food intolerances. The Mayo Clinic distinguishes both types of food responses, attributing food allergies to an immune reaction influencing multiple body systems, whereas food intolerances commonly affect the digestive tract. There are distinguishing characteristics in both food allergies and food intolerance – let’s explore each one in greater detail.

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Looking to nourish your body with foods that decrease stress and anxiety? You have arrived to your destination. This article outlines stress-reducing foods that enhance mood and promote relaxation. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with work deadlines, appointments, events, traffic, kids, pets, and yes even your next-door neighbor  Take a moment to enjoy some stress-reducing treats!

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“Hi Tom”, said the nurse from a distance; “Is this a good time to take your blood pressure?” Tom cradled his arm around his chest, however the curiosity left him with only one possible response- “Sure”! Alarmed by his results, Tom firmly requested a retake of his blood pressure! After the second, third, and yes- fourth reading, Tom’s blood pressure still averaged at 150/90 mm hg. The Physician advised him to keep record of his daily sodium intake, along with adhering to a low-sodium diet. More often than not, high blood pressure is influenced by lifestyle and food choices, particularly foods containing high sodium content. The MayoClinic comments further regarding sodium intake citing; "The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day — or 1,500 mg if you're age 51 or older, or if you are black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease."

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Before heading out to the grocery store take a minute and review these heart-healthy food choices. Don’t be caught by surprise with strange ingredients listed on products labels, or spend endless hours at the supermarket searching for healthy foods. Here are some ideas when creating your shopping list with food options that fuel your heart. 

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