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Magic of mushrooms
The hallucinogen psilocybin, known by the street name magic mushrooms, may help ease the anxiety that often accompanies late-stage cancer, US researches said recently. Cancer patients given a moderate dose of psilocybin, a hallucinogen with effects similar to LSD, were measurably less depressed and somewhat less anxious six months after a single dose compared with a placebo, they reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Fruit power
Researchers in Singapore found eating fruits high in beta-cryptoxanthin protect lungs against cancer.

According to a recent post on RealAge.com, an online health and wellness resource, papayas, oranges, tangerines and mangoes are high in beta-cryptoxanthin, which neutralize cell-damaging free radicals – possibly even some of the damaging free radicals generated by cigarette smoke.

Loading up on these fruits also help with skin, digestion and joint health. You may want to avoid foods that can harm your lungs making it more difficult to breathe. They include “refined grains, cured and red meats, desserts and fatty foods”.

Limit sugar, salt and refined grains
If you succeed in planning your diet around fibre-rich fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and good fats, you may find yourself naturally cutting back on foods that can get in the way of your healthy diet with sugar, salt and refined starches.

It is okay to enjoy sweets in moderation, but try to cut down on sugar. Sugar causes energy ups and downs and adds to healthy problems like arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, headaches and depression.

Give recipes a makeover. Often recipes taste just as good with less sugar. Also avoid sugary drinks. One 12oz soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in it. Try sparkling water with lemon or splash of fruit juice instead.

Eliminate processed food. Processed foods and foods made with white flour and white sugar may cause your blood sugar to go up and down leaving you tired and sapped of energy.

Add spice but not salt into the food
Too much salt and sodium is linked with a variety of health risks including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular problems. Below are some ways to enhance a variety of dishes without a sprinkle of salt.

There are various salt alternatives including Smart salt, a mineral-based salt alternative that reduces up to 60% of sodium in foods, introduced at the 2010 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo (IRT10) on 19th July.

However, if your diet requires living sodium-free, you may want to consider spicing up your dishes with these recommendations from the organization Diabetes America.

Source Credit: theSun newspaper.


 



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