Week Ending October 4, 2021

What to know about eating legumes
“Legumes include beans, lentils, and green peas, and are a healthy addition to any diet. Research indicates that their health benefits include less risk of chronic diseases and obesity, and they can help control blood pressure and cholesterol.”

Health Benefits of 10 Healing Herbs
“A healing herb—otherwise known as a medicinal plant—is a plant that is either collected from the wild or intentionally grown for its medicinal, or curative, value. Humans have used plants for thousands of years to treat ailments, pain, and disease.”

Are There Alternatives to Chemotherapy?
“When you are diagnosed with cancer, you may be looking to take control of the situation by researching all the treatment options available. You may begin to look into alternatives to conventional treatments like chemotherapy.”

5 Science-Backed Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet
“Vegan food has never been hotter. According to SPINS data released by the Good Food Institute and the Plant Based Foods Association, plant-based food sales hit $7 billion in 2020. Fifty-seven percent of U.S. households bought plant-based foods that year—a four percent increase from the previous year.”

Integrative Medicine: Do Herbs, Diet and Other Approaches Affect Cancer Outcomes?
“Surviving cancer is about more than just getting surgery, chemotherapy or other treatments, says one expert. It also includes giving your body the delicate attention to wellness that it needs – like managing stress, seeking social support, maintaining a healthy diet and more.”

Five mental health benefits of exercise
“Wondering what the mental health benefits of exercise are? Well, the main side effects are good ones; mental, physical, and cognitive improvements. These benefits can often be underrated as we usually focus on the physical impact but when exercise is taken regularly and with the right intensity it can be incredibly powerful. “

Finding reliable health and nutrition information
“Misinformation is a common theme among health, nutrition and other topics. Consumers use a multitude of sources for nutrition information, including healthcare professionals, friend or family member, news articles or headlines, health-focused websites and television news.”

What to know about kimchi
“Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish that consists of fermented, salted vegetables. It can contain a variety of ingredients but most often includes cabbage and seasonings such as sugar, salt, onions, garlic, ginger, and chili peppers.”

Healthy changes in diet, activity improved treatment-resistant high blood pressure
“People with treatment-resistant hypertension successfully reduced their blood pressure by adopting the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, losing weight and improving their aerobic fitness by participating in a structured diet and exercise program at a certified cardiac rehabilitation facility, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.”

The healing power of the ‘Food is Medicine’ movement
“Economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the issue of food insecurity to the forefront of news coverage, including poignant images of people waiting in miles-long lines at food pantries across the country.”

To Bring Food Into Health, We Must Bring Health To The Food System
“Two of the oldest maxims in health care are “do no harm” and “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” However, these two maxims may no longer be compatible. In the current push to prescribe food as a medicine, the health care system may be harming those working in the food system who need that medicine the most.”

The Mind-Body Benefits of Qi Gong—an Ancient, Meditative Movement Practice
“There’s no doubt that mindfulness and meditation have been proven over and over again to be beneficial for everything from stress relief to sleep. And there’s a form of meditation that has been around for thousands of years that you may not be aware of yet, qi gong (pronounced chee-gong). Qi gong, or qigong, is an ancient Chinese practice that involves meditation, controlled breathing, and movement.”

5 Nutritious Reasons to Keep Crunching on Bell Peppers
“Bell peppers are one of those ubiquitous vegetables you’ll find in everything from a crisp, fresh Greek salad to a baked-and-stuffed weeknight entree to colorful party veggie trays for a healthy group snack.”