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Link Between Heart Disease, Cancer and Nuts

Medical researchers around the globe have known for a long time that the benefits of eating nuts are numerous: nuts have been shown to improve blood cholesterol, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, improve circulation and stabilize blood glucose levels.

But did you know that eating nuts can also lower your cancer, heart disease and even diabetes risks?

In a nutrition trial conducted by PREDIMED, people who ate nuts (particularly walnuts and almonds) at least three times a week reduced their risk of death by heart disease by 55%

Almonds and Walnuts are so beneficial!

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and their risk of death by cancer by 40%—incredible numbers for just a few handfuls of nuts a week.

So how can a little old nut be such a powerful weapon against deadly medical conditions like cancer and heart disease?

According to the PREDIMED study, nuts are particularly protective because they are rich in fats and vitamins associated with a wide array of health benefits: polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phenolic acids and other phytochemicals (plant chemicals). All of these properties have been shown to keep the heart healthy and the body cancer-free.

So which nuts are the best nuts?

The PERIMED researchers conclude that walnuts are most effective when it comes to combating cancer and heart disease. This is because walnuts are high in alpha-linolenic acid—an especially potent phytochemical. Also, since the skin of nuts typically have the highest concentration of phytochemicals, and walnuts are typically eaten with their skin, eating walnuts leads to a higher consumption of phytochemicals.

So how does eating more nuts relate to quitting smoking?

If you are a smoker, or have recently quit, then you know that both your heart disease and cancer risks are high. Nuts, then, can assist you on your path back to health!

Quitting smoking is, of course, the best way to cut your cancer and heart disease risks, but eating nuts will help you with those risks even more. So make like a squirrel—and eat more nuts!

Do you think nuts can really cut your heart disease and cancer risks by almost half? Are you interested in learning more about the health benefits of nuts (and healthy eating in general)? We’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions, so don’t forget to like us on Facebook/LifeCoachToLoseToQuitSmoking. And if you want to give us a shout-out, let the world know via Twitter/YourLifePower!

Are You Infertile Because You Smoke?

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Infertility is not an issue that only women worry about; men can also contribute to a couple’s inability to conceive a baby. Many people, smokers and non smokers alike, do not realize that smoking cigarettes impairs fertility in both men and women. If you are a smoker and are interested in having children then pay attention—you habit may be hindering your ability to experience the joys of parenting. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that smoking impacts the fertility of both men and women smoking damages the reproductive capabilities of each sex in a different way.

Let’s start by looking at how smoking affect male fertility. Research conducted at the University of Buffalo (New York) in the United States shows that smoking significantly decreases a man’s ability to father a child. Sperm from chronic smokers was tested and it was discerned that nearly 2/3 of the sperm failed the test that measures whether or not sperm can successfully fertilize an egg.  The results are quite astounding; chronic smokers experienced a 75% decline in fertility compared to their non smoker counterparts.

Researchers have determined that tobacco smoke decreases sperm count and affects the mobility of sperm—they are unable to swim to and fertilize the egg before they die. Smoking also effects men’s hormonal cycles and can even contribute to erectile dysfunction. Additionally, smoking harms the DNA of sperm and in the event that the damaged sperm do fertilize the egg, the weakened DNA can be passed on to the child.

The good news is that quitting smoking can immediately begin reversing the fertility problems caused by tobacco smoke. The sperm count will increase, hormones will balance, and damaged DNA will be replenished. Problems like erectile dysfunction will also sort themselves out once the body begins to return to normal after clearing the system of tobacco toxins during the first few weeks of smoking cessation.

Now let’s move on to how smoking harms the reproductive capacities of women. Researchers estimate that female smokers have approximately 75% of the fertility of their non-smoking counterparts. Smoking is linked to a variety of issues that affect a woman’s fertility, and these problems (along with the rate of infertility) increase depending on how many cigarettes a woman smokes per day; especially if it is ten or more. Smoking damages the fallopian tubes, increases the risk of miscarriage, and causes unhealthy changes in the cervix and uterus. It can also make your menstrual cycle irregular as it has the ability to shake up your hormone cycle.

One of the most damaging side effects smoking has on a woman’s fertility is the fact that is damages the eggs. It makes them weak and damages the DNA sequences. This is especially harmful because the damage is IRREVERSIBLE. Unlike men who continuously generate sperm throughout their lifetime, women are born with a finite set of eggs and they do not generate more. Thus, any damage that the eggs incur is permanent and irreversible. The more you smoke, the more you damage your eggs and this increases miscarriage and if you are able to conceive a child, it increases the chance of birth defects and other genetic abnormalities in your offspring.

If you are interested in having children and experiencing a fulfilling life as a parent, then smoking cigarettes is not helping your case. Remember that smoking is a habit and you have the power to take charge of your life and create a healthier way of living by building new habits that promote happiness and wellness. Get rid of that last package of cigarettes today and start a new chapter of your life that will not only benefit you, but also benefit the lives of the children that you want to have.

Smoker’s Cough Is Not An Excuse—It Is Never Too Late To Quit Smoking

Smokers have a plethora of excuses when it comes to avoiding smoking cessation. Some laud the spuriously positive benefits of smoking (haven’t you heard? It makes you lose weight!) and some sink into a nihilistic pit, resigning themselves to the fact that they have already ruined their bodies. Many people who have developed a smoker’s cough fall into the latter category, but they couldn’t be further from the truth: smoker’s cough or not, it is absolutely never too late to quit smoking!

The moment you stop smoking, your body begins to recover from the harmful damages that tobacco has done to your body. Within the first 24 hours of quitting your blood oxygen levels increase to normal and within the first month of smoking cessation your heart attack risk begins to drop and your lung functioning begins to recover. Quitting smoking is a healing process for your body and it can be started at any time no matter how long you have smoked. With each day that passes you increase your lifespan and decrease your risks for life threatening ailments.

If you are suffering from smoker’s cough then you should know that quitting smoking will improve your condition dramatically. But you should be prepared for the fact that right after you quit smoking, your symptoms may worsen for awhile—you may find that you are coughing more and dislodging more mucus but do not be alarmed as this is normal. It takes time for your body to begin healing your lungs, but in as little as one month sinus congestion, fatigue, and coughing will decrease as the cilia in your lungs begin to grow back. Over time your lung functioning will continue to improve and so too will your cough. Your risk for lung cancer will also decrease.

Quitting smoking will not guarantee that your body will return to the way it was before your started. Some people will still develop lung cancer and some damages are pretty hard to reverse, like emphysema. However, quitting smoking will always improve your body’s functioning in comparison to the damage it has undergone from tobacco use.  Since your immune system no longer has to fight the toxins from tobacco smoke, it can concentrate on fighting viruses and bacteria and in addition to improving your coughing, you will find that you are getting sick much less often. It can never be stressed enough—it is never too late to quit smoking, smoker’s cough or no smoker’s cough. Have the courage to put out your last cigarette today!