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It's Soy Good For You! Reducing the risk of Breast Cancer

If we've heard it once, we've heard it a thousand times - our bodies will thank us if we learn to enjoy soy. Actually a superbean, Soy has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and colon and prostate cancer. Soy is also a good source of calcium, so incorporating it into your diet can help prevent osteoporosis.

Now a new study, conducted by Nashville's Vanderbilt University and the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, confirms that soy protein may reduce the risk of breast cancer. Sneak soy into your diet by using flavored or unflavored soymilk in your morning cereal or coffee, or drink a glass of chocolate soymilk as an afternoon snack (White Wave's Silk Milk is a good choice). Substitute soy protein for ground beef in spaghetti sauce, meat loaf and tacos (Gimme Lean is one brand to look for). Snack on roasted soy beans or edamame (soybean pods) instead of chips or pretzels. Toss some tofu in with your veggies for your next stir fry. Firm or extra firm tofu only takes a few minutes to brown when it is sliced into cubes.

Feed Your Hair

Not everyone is born with silky-smooth, manageable hair. If choosing the right product for your problem hair is leaving you overwhelmed, try these natural home remedies instead.

To moisturize dry hair: Blend a banana, one half of a ripe avocado and 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil. Apply to shampooed hair, leave in for up to 15 minutes, then rinse well. The banana and the fats in the avocado work wonders on dry hair.

For oily hair: Substitute two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with one cup water for your regular conditioner. Vinegar helps to remove excess oil.

If your lovely tresses are damaged from heavy-duty coloring or blow-drying: Pick up a bottle of olive oil. Heat three tablespoons of oil in the microwave and massage into dry hair. Wrap your hair in a towel for 30 minutes, then shampoo as usual. The olive oil helps smooth split ends and repair damaged hair shafts. / Issue 192 - July 2018
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