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20 Genius Uses for Apple-Cider Vinegar

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Apple-cider vinegar (ACV) has long been used as a folk remedy — and it’s recently come back into vogue, with a new health-minded generation exploring its virtues as a nutrition booster, body-care solution, and general health elixir. 

“ACV is one of those all-purpose substances that’s also a classic food-as-medicine edible,” says functional-medicine practitioner Frank Lipman, MD, author of How to Be Well and founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. “It’s helped treat everyday ills for thousands of years.”

ACV’s healthy reputation is merited. Research into the antiglycemic effect of vinegar has homed in on its acetic-acid content, which appears to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels and to mildly suppress body-fat ­accumulation. The acetic acid in vinegar also may help manage high blood pressure. 

Acetic acid contains antimicro­bial properties as well. Though we certainly wouldn’t use ACV to fight off a serious infection today, Hippocrates reportedly had success using vinegar to treat patients some 2,500 years ago.

Fermented from crushed apples, ACV that’s raw and unfiltered includes trace amounts of B vitamins, as well as vitamin C and minerals such as potassium and magnesium. It also boasts bacteria that may boost gut health — potentially improving immunity and digestion. 

Though more extensive clinical research is needed to back up recent claims touting ACV’s role in a heathy lifestyle, there’s certainly sufficient anecdotal evidence to warrant its application as a home remedy. 

ACV is safe enough for most people to use daily, says Britt Brandon, author of Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks for Health, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Ifyou’re ingesting ACV, always dilute it or mix it into a drink or food; the acid in vinegar can damage tooth enamel, Brandon cautions. Start with as little as a teaspoon and no more than a tablespoon up to three times per day. Reduce the dosage if you experience unwelcome digestive changes.
  • Heating ACV may reduce or even eliminate its nutritional impact, so try to use it at room temperature in recipes. 
  • Ifyou are managing a serious health condition, talk with your healthcare provider before starting an ACV regimen to mitigate any unintended side effects.
  • Besure to use raw, unfiltered ACV — the cloudy kind with the stringy bits of culture, or “mother,” that ferments the cider to form the vinegar — notes Lipman. Highly processed versions, such as those used for cleaning or canning, are pasteurized and filtered.
  • Curious about ACV’s many possibilities? We’ve compiled 20 of our favorite uses.

Nutrition and Cooking

1. Whisk together ACV, olive oil, garlic, honey, and mustard for a tasty salad dressing, suggests Evelyn Carmichael in The Essential Handbook for Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s ideal over salads, pasta, and vegetables. 

2. Use in place of white vinegar for a more flavorful acidic tang in sauces and marinades, including coleslaw and homemade barbecue sauce, says Madeline Given, author of The Apple Cider Vinegar Cure.

3. Stir 1 to 2 tablespoons ACV into your favorite soup, stew, or braised meal just before serving. A moderate proportion won’t overpower the other ingredients. 

4. Balance out sweetness with a touch of tart in a smoothie by adding up to 1 tablespoon ACV. 

5. Brew 2 cups’ worth of green or black tea, and stir in 1 tablespoon each of ACV and honey, plus 1 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and cardamom. Serve hot or over ice.

Body Care

6. Improve your scalp health, combat dandruff, and prevent buildup of hair products with ACV’s antimicrobial and pH-balancing properties, suggests Carmichael. Create a mixture of 1/3 cup ACV and 4 cups water; pour or spritz on your hair after shampooing (conditioning optional) and rinse with water. 

7. Fight body odor with a DIY deodorant. Dilute 1 teaspoon ACV with 1 tablespoon water and use a washcloth to apply it to your armpits. For moisture reduction, follow by powdering with a one-to-one mix of cornstarch and baking soda.

8. Make a nail soak to fight fungus. Mix 1 cup ACV, 5 drops tea-tree essential oil, 5 tablespoons baking soda, and up to 3 cups of warm water. Soak feet or hands for 10 to 15 minutes. 

9. Rejuvenate your skin and restore its natural balance of oils and pH with an ACV skin toner. Combine 1 cup warm water and 1/3 cup ACV. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply directly to the face and neck. Use once or twice a week, storing any remaining mixture in a cool, dark place. 

10. Relieve a sunburn by adding 2 cups ACV to a bath of cool water and soaking for 30 minutes. 

11. Discourage mosquitoes and soothe the itch and sting of bites with a DIY insect repellent spray made from 1 cup ACV and 1/4 cup water.

General Health

12. Help halt hiccups with the pungent aroma and flavor of ACV, says Brandon. Mix 1 tablespoon ACV with 1 tablespoon water, stir well, and drink between hiccups. 

13. Drink 1 tablespoon of ACV in a glass of room-temperature water before meals for digestive support, recommends Lipman. Alternatively, suggests Brandon, stir 1 tablespoon ACV into 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, and top with fruit or blend into a smoothie. 

14. Alleviate earaches caused by bacteria trapped in earwax by blending 1 teaspoon ACV with 1 teaspoon castor oil and 5 drops tea-tree essential oil.

Dab a cotton ball into the solution, lie on your side, and rub along the outside of your ear canal, allowing a few drops to enter the canal.

After five to 10 minutes, tilt your head to the other side to encourage ear drainage.  

15. Tame flatulence with an “anti-gas tonic,” suggests Brandon. Add 1 tablespoon ACV, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to 1 cup of water, and sip.

16. Prevent or cool the sensation of heartburn by drinking 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon ACV in a glass of water. Heartburn is often caused by low, rather than high, stomach acid, says Sally Fallon, founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and coauthor of Nourishing Traditions

17. Restore the “sour” setting of your taste buds and potentially reduce sugar cravings with a regular ACV regimen, suggests Fallon. Drink a mixture of 1 tablespoon ACV plus 1 tablespoon water twice a day, before lunch and dinner. 

18. To reduce inflammation, apply a towel soaked in a mixture of one part ACV and two parts warm water to bumps and bruises, swollen joints, and irritated skin.

19. Reduce symptoms of varicose veins by applying a cotton cloth soaked in ACV to the affected area and elevating the legs for 30 minutes twice a day. 

20. Help stabilize blood-sugar levels by incorporating ACV into a low-sugar, low-carb diet, advises Lipman. Dilute 1 tablespoon ACV with water and consume up to twice daily. (Note: If you’re taking medication to control blood sugar, check with your doctor first.)

This originally appeared as “20 Uses for Apple-Cider Vinegar” in the December 2018 print issue of Experience Life.


Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

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Homemade granola can be a healthy, comforting, and delicious treat. Most of the store-bought stuff is high in sugar, contains unhealthy fats and oils, and is packed full of fillers and unnecessary ingredients.

Whipping up homemade granola at home is super easy, quick, and allows you to control the amount of sugar and quality of ingredients, while also changing things up and adding in the flavors that you love.

Homemade granola also makes your house smell amazing— you’ve been slaving in the kitchen all day.

This healthy granola recipe was one of the first recipes I’ve ever posted on this blog, and since then, it’s been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times with rave reviews. I kept this original image on this post to show you how far my blog has come


What Should I Eat Today?

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Hello world!

Welcome to my first blog post!

When applying to Hopkins, I used this blog site to gather research about anything and everything, and I would have d to see more posts about the food on-campus. I know that the website gives you names and operation hours, but I needed information about the actual food! Now, a year later, I’m here on Hopkins Insider as a blogger to give you an inside look!

During the first week of the semester, I only knew of the FFC (the Fresh Food Cafe) and CharMar (Charles Street Market). Also, my mind was blown when I knew that you could use meal swipes at CharMar.

If you want a sense of the locations, you can find them on the virtual tour or refer to the cover image. (

Anyways, I present to you a guide to food at Hopkins!

The FFC is one of the main freshman dining halls. It has breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. They have pasta, bagels, fruit, and a whole variety of foods! Curly fries and grilled cheese are some staple foods of my meals.

FFC has so much variety; one day they will have a taco bar and another day, a churro bar. Late night is from 9 PM-12AM, and they bring out breakfast foods, pancakes. Sometimes, on the first Sunday of the month, FFC has Sterling Brunch. Now, this was something that I was not aware of. They go all out.

I’m talking smoked salmon, crepe station, shrimp, french toast bake, risotto, and more. Some of the best things about FFC is the waffle machines, which sometimes have flavors red velvet and apple cinnamon, in addition to plain.

Also, they have an omelet station with a bunch of sauces, vegetables, and meat for your eggs, where you can make your own eggs. Last thing, FFC ice cream is amazing. Trust me. Try it.

CharMar is right across from the Hopkins sign. It is a combination of many things. First, a large part of the market is a grocery store. They have drinks, microwavable foods, and snacks. Also, they have a shelf of sushi from Bamboo, so you don’t have to walk all the way over there. They have an ice cream mochi, salad, and make your own smoothie bar.

Right when you walk in, you see a sandwich station and hot foods. Now, another part of CharMar is Meals in a Minute. You can use meal swipes here. They have a variety of options, so you grab a meal, two snacks, and a drink. Snacks vary from yogurt, chips, and fruit. All in all, CharMar has a lot to offer, and you should definitely go check it out.

So, you walk into Levering and see the cafe. Then, keep walking and go down the stairs, and you’ll see a variety of options. There’s a pizza bar, and they have a Mediterranean bowl station. It has a food court vibe and something for everyone.

As you can see, there are a lot of options for coffee at Hopkins, each with their own unique attributes. Brody’s cafe has breakfast sandwiches, cookies, bottled drinks, and pastries, in addition to the cafe drinks. The cafe has so much natural lighting which is so beautiful.

Gilman’s cafe has coffee, snacks, and a bring your own cup discount. Levering cafe probably has the most options in terms of coffee and tea but also offer snacks and small meals. Last but not least, Mudd cafe is huge and are above lecture halls. This cafe also has a lot of natural light, making it an ideal place to study.

the others, this has pastries, coffee, and sometimes bagels!

I love the LaB. I cannot emphasize how cool it is. The aesthetic is game room meets science. They have cool snack foods that you can buy while playing games. They have Nintendo Switches, Wiis, an XBOX, and just a lot of cool gaming systems. Back to the food, the whole vibe of the place, the foods are innovative as well. They offer cubes and unique milkshakes.

Nolans is located in Charles Commons, making it a convenient eating location for people living there. It is really similar to the FFC in a lot of aspects, except that it’s a little smaller and the food options differ, even though they still have the omelet station and ice cream.

Bamboo cafe is a Japanese-style dining location. They have a variety of delicious curry and udon chicken, vegetable, and tempura. They often have deals on rolls and sushi and have boba. It is a great place to eat if you’re craving something warm. The food also comes out really quickly and is steaming hot. Definitely check it out! My recommendation is the chicken curry!

These aren’t the only dining options near Hopkins; however, they are some of the most popular ones.

To shortly recap some other options within close walking distance, there is a Chipotle, Pizza Studio, Starbucks, Coldstone, Honeygrow, Subway, PotBelly, PekoPeko Ramen, Niwana (a Japanese and Korean restaurant), University Market (highly recommend the chicken strips and fries!) and a ThB (a bagel and deli place). There are so many more amazing places in Baltimore as well!

Protip: There is a website ( that shows you the meal options for the day for places FFC and CharMar. It is super helpful when deciding what to eat!

Hopefully, this was helpful and you should definitely check out all of these places!




When Should I Use Heat or Ice for Pain?

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Heat boosts the flow of blood and nutrients to an area of the body. It often works best for morning stiffness or to warm up muscles before activity. Cold slows blood flow, reducing swelling and pain. It’s often best for short-term pain, that from a sprain or a strain.

But does it matter which one you use for an injury? This article will help you sort it out.

Soothe aches and pains caused by conditions osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, and neck pain with either heat or cold. Each can give you relief from these symptoms:

  • Muscle aches, spasms, and pains
  • Lower and upper back pain
  • Stiff, swollen, or tender joints
  • Neck stiffness
  • Finger, hand, or wrist pain
  • Knee pain

For short-term pain relief of any of these conditions, apply a hot or cold compress using any of these items:

  • An electric heating pad
  • A gel pack that can be microwaved or frozen
  • A bag of ice or frozen vegetables
  • A washcloth or small towel soaked in hot or cold water (wring it out, fold it, and apply to the sore area)

Whether you use heat or cold, be sure to wrap the pack in a thin towel to help protect your skin.

Apply to the painful area for 15-20 minutes several times each day.

Whether you use heat or cold, you may notice your skin looks a little pinker after applying the compress. That’s normal, but let your skin return to its normal color and temperature before applying fresh ice or heat.

Call your doctor if you notice any of the following signs after removing the compress. These symptoms mean the temperature was too extreme and may have caused skin damage:

  • Skin that’s purplish-red, dark red, or a spotty red and white color
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Blisters

Showers and baths aren't just for mornings. When you're hurting, stand under or settle into warm water for a few minutes to help soothe and relax you. (If you're over 70 or have heart problems, check with your doctor before getting into a hot tub.)

Try a warm shower or bath before you exercise to help loosen joints and muscles.

Use cool water after exercise to help calm deep, burning pain and reduce inflammation.

Want an easier — and less painful — start to your day? Warm your clothes in the dryer for a few minutes before you put them on. The heated garments may help ease morning pain and stiffness.

Another way to apply heat — especially to hands, elbows, and feet — is warm, melted paraffin.

You can buy paraffin wax kits at your local drugstore or beauty supply. A heated container safely melts the wax and mineral oil to make a paraffin bath. Dip your achy body part into the bath several times to build up a warm layer. Take it the bath, and cover it with plastic and wrap in a towel for 10-15 minutes until the wax cools. Unwrap and peel the wax away.

To avoid irritation and pain, make sure the skin that you treat has no cuts or sores.


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Johns Hopkins Rheumatology: “Rehabilitation Management of RA.”

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Arthritis Foundation: “Pain Center: Use Heat and Cold.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Occupational and Physical Therapy for Arthritis.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Back Pain.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

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10 Home Remedies for Diarrhea

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Whether it lasts a few hours or a few days, diarrhea is always uncomfortable and always inconvenient. Had plans to go to the beach with friends? Sorry, diarrhea just canceled the fun. Annoying as the condition is, it's is rarely serious.

“Most diarrhea is caused by a virus; the most common are rotavirus and norovirus,” says Christopher Drumm, MD, a family medicine practitioner at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia.

We can be exposed to those viruses just about anywhere from public restrooms to our child's classroom.


When diarrhea hits, the first goal is to replace the fluids your body is losing. If you feel that you're not able to stay hydrated, it may be time to see your doctor.

“A person with diarrhea should seek medical attention when they experience fever, severe abdominal pain, and/or bloody stools,” recommends Amesh A. Adalja, MD, FACEP from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

It's also important to see your doctor right away if you have recently traveled outside the country or are unable to keep fluids down. Also if you have any kind of chronic disease that affects your immune system, get checked out right away.

If you don't have a primary doctor, don't miss these 12 insider tips for choosing the right primary care doctor. To help manage your problem, check out our top home remedies for diarrhea.


When diarrhea strikes, the first step is rehydrating. “Not a lot of people are aware that dehydration can also cause diarrhea,” says Dr. Nikola Djordjevic from

“On top of this, you lose a lot of fluids and electrolytes when you have loose bowels.” One of the best home remedies for diarrhea is to keep a water bottle with you and replace electrolytes with sports drinks Gatorade. Dr.

Djordjevic recommends making your own with 6 teaspoons of sugar, a half teaspoon of salt, and a liter of water.

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Apple juice and clear broth will help replace salts and minerals lost to diarrhea. But avoid citrus, pineapple, tomato, and other juices that you can't see through because their acids can irritate already inflamed intestines. Start with small sips, and work your way up to drinking a cup every half hour for a safe diarrhea remedy.

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While you may not feel eating, choosing something bland white rice could bring relief.

“White rice is an easy-to-digest food that won't upset your stomach or intestines,” says Lisa Richards, a nutritionist, and creator of The Candida Diet.

“It can help soothe your symptoms without causing any further irritation to your gut.” White rice is low in fiber, so it can slow down diarrhea and help bring your bowel movements back to normal consistency.

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When you're experiencing diarrhea, it's not the time for a comforting bowl of ice cream. “Avoid all dairy products because enzymes for the digestion of dairy are usually flushed out or otherwise unavailable while experiencing diarrhea,” says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND. That means eating dairy can extend your misery; so can citrus and other acidic foods.


Bananas are easy on the stomach and help you to replace potassium. “It's a very important mineral in our body because it helps regulate fluids, muscle tension, and nerve signals,” explains Dr.

Djordjevic. When potassium levels become too low from a b diarrhea, you could start to experience muscle weakness and cramping. Being a potassium powerhouse is just one of the amazing benefits of bananas.


Because diarrhea is usually caused by bad bacteria in our guts, replacing it with good bacteria is one of the fastest ways to get some relief.

Studies have found that taking probiotics for diarrhea is not only safe, but it can help you recover faster. Dr. Djordjevic recommends taking a probiotic supplement or finding a natural source yogurt.

Learn more about what probiotics can do for you here.


Bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast: While experts no longer recommend only following the BRAT diet when you have diarrhea—it doesn't offer enough nutrition for kids to recover—they do the fact that these foods are starchy and low in fiber, and they will help to bind your stool. They're also gentle on your stomach and should help you feel better fast. Find out everything you need to know about the BRAT diet.


Support your gut's health by mixing up your own beverage made with the soluble fiber called psyllium. The main ingredient in Metamucil, it's derived from the Indian herb Plantago ovata.

“Take the powder or capsule form of psyllium to absorb the liquid contents from the intestines and bulk the stool,” recommends Dr. Dean.

“Take 1 teaspoon shaken in a jar of water or two capsules twice a day with only a small amount of water.”


School Lunches

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You're sitting in class and your stomach is starting to rumble. Finally, the bell rings and it's time for lunch — woo-hoo! After all that time in class, you deserve a chance to head to the cafeteria and sit down, relax, and enjoy the company of your friends over a lunchtime meal.

But wait a minute — what exactly are you eating?

More than at other meals, kids have a lot of control over what they eat for lunch at school. A kid can choose to eat the green beans or throw them out. A kid also can choose to eat an apple instead of an ice cream sandwich.

When choosing what to eat for lunch, making a healthy choice is really important. Here's why: Eating a variety of healthy foods gives you energy to do stuff, helps you grow the way you should, and can even keep you from getting sick.

Think of your school lunch as the fuel you put in your tank. If you choose the wrong kind of fuel, you might run energy before the day is over.

So what is the right kind of fuel? What does a healthy lunch look ? Un that killer question on your math test, there are many right answers to these questions.

To Buy or Not to Buy

Most kids have the choice of packing lunch or buying one at school. The good news is that a kid can get a healthy lunch by doing either one. But it's not a slam-dunk. Chances are, some meals and foods served in the school cafeteria are healthier than others.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't buy your lunch, it just means you might want to give the cafeteria menu a closer look. Read the cafeteria menu the night before. Knowing what's for lunch beforehand will let you know if you want to eat it! Bring home a copy of the menu or figure out how to find it on the school website.

A packed lunch isn't automatically healthier than one you buy at school. If you pack chocolate cake and potato chips, that's not a nutritious meal! But a packed lunch, if you do it right, does have a clear advantage.

When you pack your lunch, you can be sure it includes your favorite healthy foods — stuff you know you . It's not a one-size-fits-all lunch. It's a lunch just for you.

If your favorite sandwich is peanut butter and banana, just make it and pack it — then you can eat it for lunch. Or maybe you love olives. Go ahead and pack them!

If you want to pack your lunch, you'll need some help from your parents. Talk to them about what you to eat in your lunch so they can stock up on those foods. Parents might offer to pack your lunch for you. This is nice of them, but you may want to watch how they do it and ask if you can start making your lunches yourself. It's a way to show that you're growing up.

10 Steps to a Great Lunch

Whether you pack or buy your lunch, follow these guidelines:

  1. Choose fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are hitting the jackpot when it comes to nutrition. They make your plate more colorful and they're packed with vitamins and fiber. It's a good idea to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, so try to fit in one or two at lunch. A serving isn't a lot. A serving of carrots is ½ cup or about 6 baby carrots. A fruit serving could be one medium orange.
  2. Know the facts about fat. Kids need some fat in their diets to stay healthy — it also helps keep you feeling full — but you don't want to eat too much of it. Fat is found in butter, oils, cheese, nuts, and meats. Some higher-fat lunch foods include french fries, hot dogs, cheeseburgers, macaroni and cheese, and chicken nuggets. Don't worry if you these foods! No food is bad, but you may want to eat them less often and in smaller portions. Foods that are lower in fat are usually baked or grilled. Some of the best low-fat foods are fruits, vegetables, and skim and low-fat milk.
  3. Let whole grains reign. “Grains” include breads, cereals, rice, and pasta. But as we learn more about good nutrition, it's clear that whole grains are better than refined grains. What's the difference? Brown rice is a whole grain, but white rice is not. wise, whole-wheat bread contains whole grains, whereas regular white bread does not.
  4. Slurp sensibly. It's not just about what you eat — drinks count, too! Milk has been a favorite lunchtime drink for a long time. If you don't milk, choose water. Avoid juice drinks and sodas.
  5. Balance your lunch. When people talk about balanced meals, they mean meals that include a mix of food groups: some grains, some fruits, some vegetables, some meat or protein foods, and some dairy foods such as milk and cheese. Try to do this with your lunch. If you don't have a variety of foods on your plate, it's probably not balanced. A double order of french fries, for example, would not make for a balanced lunch.
  6. Steer clear of packaged snacks. Many schools make salty snacks, candy, and soda available in the cafeteria or in vending machines. It's OK to have these foods once in a while, but they shouldn't be on your lunch menu.
  7. Mix it up. Do you eat the same lunch every day? If that lunch is a hot dog, it's time to change your routine. Keep your taste buds from getting bored and try something new. Eating lots of different kinds of food gives your body a variety of nutrients.
  8. Quit the clean plate club. Because lunch can be a busy time, you might not stop to think whether you're getting full. Try to listen to what your body is telling you. If you feel full, it's OK to stop eating.
  9. Use your manners. Cafeterias sometimes look feeding time at the zoo. Don't be an animal! Follow those simple rules your parents are always reminding you about: Chew with your mouth closed. Don't talk and eat at the same time. Use your utensils. Put your napkin on your lap. Be polite. And don't make fun of what someone else is eating.
  10. Don't drink milk and laugh at the same time! Whatever you do at lunch, don't tell your friends a funny joke when they're drinking milk. Before you know it, they'll be laughing and that milk will be coming out their noses! Gross!

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD

Date reviewed: September 2015


Foods to Avoid for Prostate Health

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What’s in your diet may have the power to reduce your risk for prostate cancer. The University of California at San Francisco Medical Center suggests that you may be able to prevent prostate cancer or slow the progression of it by maintaining a diet:

  • low in saturated fat and simple sugars
  • high in fiber
  • high in fruits and vegetables

In addition to eating certain foods, there are some types of foods that you should avoid to keep your prostate healthy. Keep reading to learn more.

A diet high in meat, particularly if it’s cooked well-done, may be associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. This may be due to heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These are carcinogens found in cooked meat. HCAs have been linked to the development of several cancers.

HCAs are compounds formed during high temperature cooking such as broiling or grilling. The World Health Organization suggests that both red and processed meats may be associated with increased risk of developing prostate cancer. Examples include:

  • beef
  • pork
  • lunch meats
  • hot dogs
  • sausage

Instead of red or processed meats, try these protein sources instead:

  • lean poultry, skinless turkey or chicken
  • fresh or canned fish, such as tuna, salmon, or sardines
  • beans and legumes, split peas, chickpeas, lentils, pinto beans, and kidney beans
  • nuts and nut butters

If you’re a fan of cold cut sandwiches, try making a chicken salad sandwich instead. You can also experiment with meat alternatives, tofu or tempeh, which can be marinated and sautéed to create a flavorful sandwich filling.

You may also experiment with eating meat-free for some meals or days of the week. Here are some ideas to try:

  • Replace the meat in your favorite chili or stew with beans.
  • Grill up fish fillets instead of steaks.
  • Make a black bean burger instead of a hamburger.
  • Dice up tofu and marinate it in your favorite sauce, then stir fry it and mix it with veggies and a side of rice.

Consuming large amounts of dairy products may increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.

According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition, drinking whole milk may increase the risk of progression to fatal prostate cancer. Skim and low-fat milks also increase the risk of low-grade stages of the disease.

Try to limit dairy consumption. At the very least, stick to fat-free and low-fat varieties, as they can be healthier for your prostate.

Aim to eat less of these foods:

  • whole milk
  • full fat cheeses
  • full fat yogurts
  • full fat butter
  • full fat cream cheese
  • full fat ice cream

Instead, try eating low-fat or nonfat versions of your favorite dairy products. You may also try alternatives to dairy products. For example, you may find the following non-dairy options for milk at your grocery store.

  • flax milk
  • rice milk
  • almond milk
  • hemp milk
  • soy milk
  • coconut milk
  • cashew milk

Each of these non-dairy milks has a unique flavor, so if you aren’t a fan of one type, try another type. Be careful of added sugars to these milks however, as many are sweetened. You can also find non-dairy ice creams that use these milks as a base.

Learn more: Almond milk vs. cow milk vs. soy milk vs. rice milk »

Large amounts of alcohol consumption may put you at higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

Researchers, using data from more than 10,000 men participating in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, uncovered that heavy alcohol drinkers were twice as ly to be diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer as moderate drinkers. Heavy drinkers are defined as those who consume more than three drinks a day or more than 20 drinks a week.

For men, the recommendation for drinks per days is no more than two.

A single drink is equal to:

  • 12 ounces of regular beer (five percent alcohol)
  • 5 ounces of wine (12 percent alcohol)
  • 1.5 ounces of a hard liquor (40 percent alcohol)

There are many other drinks you can choose instead alcohol. These include:

  • water or sparkling water mixed with fresh fruit juice
  • non-alcoholic beers or wines
  • sparkling juices
  • tea or coffee

You can also try making an alcoholic-free version of your favorite cocktail. For example, if you mojitos, replace the rum with sparkling water or lemon-lime soda. And if you’re at a bar or restaurant, ask the bartender to put your drink in the glass they’d use for the alcoholic version. Also ask for a lemon or lime wedge, or another garnish so that your drink feels festive.

Saturated fats have been linked to heart disease, but their association with prostate cancer is still a tentative.

Some studies have found a link between saturated fat intake and risk for advanced prostate cancer, but not all studies have confirmed these findings.

While more studies are needed, reducing your intake of saturated fats may benefit your prostate and your overall health, since it creates more room for fiber and nutrient-dense plants.

Learn more: Good fats, bad fats, and heart disease »

Saturated fats are found in:

  • meat
  • dairy products
  • salad dressings
  • baked goods
  • processed foods

Try replacing some of the saturated fats in your diet with healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in such foods as:

  • fish
  • avocado
  • nuts
  • olive oil
  • seeds

To reduce the saturated fats in your baked goods, try replacing half of the fat with applesauce. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, use half a cup of butter and half a cup of unsweetened applesauce.

You can also spread mashed up avocado on your toast instead of butter, or use it on a sandwich as a substitute for mayonnaise.

Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about your prostate health. Symptoms of prostate cancer include:

  • having trouble urinating
  • seeing blood in your semen
  • erectile dysfunction
  • bone pain and pelvic pain

Learn more: What are the early symptoms of prostate cancer? »

Changing your diet may help reduce your cancer risk, but it’s a good idea to consult your physician before making any dietary changes or taking supplements. Some foods and supplements may interact with certain drugs and therapies.

Visit Healthline’s Prostate Cancer Topic Center for more information about prostate cancer prevention, prostate cancer treatment, and dietary recommendations.

There are several other lifestyle changes that may help keep your prostate healthy. Try making these changes to your routine:

  • Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables. While you’re at it, choose whole grains or legumes on the side.
  • Steer clear from supplements. There aren’t any studies that prove supplements can help lower your cancer risk. If you do take supplements, discuss them with your doctor first.
  • Move your body most days of the week. Getting in consistent exercise is not only good for your overall health, it may also improve your mood. You don’t need a gym membership either. Try a brisk walk around your neighborhood or go for a short hike. If you haven’t exercised much in the past, your doctor may suggest a good routine you can follow to get started.
  • Keep your body at a healthy weight. Your doctor may even refer you to a dietitian if you need some extra help creating a weight loss plan.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your cancer risks and to have a prostate exam. Recommendations for screening vary, but it’s generally a good idea to get checked when you’re in your fifties or if you have an elevated risk of developing cancer.


The Best Things to Eat When You Have Tonsillitis

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When suffering from a sore throat caused by tonsillitis, eating and drinking may not sound appealing. Tonsillitis often causes throat pain when swallowing, fever and chills, ear or jaw ache and a fever.

Still, eating nutrient-rich foods that are easy to swallow is ideal to promote healing and decrease the tonsil infection. Johns Hopkins Medical Center states that children between the ages of 5 to 15 most commonly suffer from tonsillitis, but adults may also be diagnosed with the infection.

Patients with frequent bouts of tonsillitis or who have difficulty breathing caused by enlarged tonsils may opt for surgical removal.

Tonsillitis involves infection of the lymph glads in the back of the throat.

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Choose cold or lukewarm beverages such as ice water, clear juices or chicken broths.

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Hydration is critical when suffering from tonsillitis. Additional liquids will keep your energy levels stable and avoid dehydration to occur. If you become dehydrated your recovery time may take longer. Choose cold or lukewarm beverages such as ice water, clear juices or chicken broths.

Beverages may be consumed warm, but avoid hot beverages that may further irritate your sore throat. Juices with large amounts of acid should be avoided. These include grapefruit juice, lemonade and orange juice.

Cola and caffeine-related products such as coffee and tea are also discouraged; however, non-caffeinated herbal tea is fine as long as it is consumed warm instead of piping hot.

Soft, bland foods such as pudding, applesauce or yogurt.

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Introduce soft, bland foods such as pudding, applesauce or yogurt. Creamy substances are easy to swallow without much pain. Slowly introduce more food as your sore throat begins to improve.

Baked fruit and vegetables, such as baked apples, baked pears and roasted carrots are good choices for side items. Mashed potatoes, winter squash, plain pasta and rice are also ideal soft foods.

In addition, soups that contain vegetables, pasta, and/or soft pieces of meat are a healthy choice for patients with tonsillitis.

Choose solid foods that will not irritate your throat, such as baked chicken, roast beef, whole grain breads and whole fruits.

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Progress to solid, normal foods when you feel you are ready. Tonsillitis may cause a sore throat to last several weeks. Take pain-relieving medication such as acetaminophen to avoid pain when eating. It is still important to avoid some solid foods until your tonsillitis is completely cured.

Choose solid foods that will not irritate your throat, such as baked chicken, roast beef, whole grain breads and whole fruits. Hard crackers, pizza crusts, crisp cookies and crackers are too hard and crunchy for your sore throat to enjoy. Save these snacks until you have fully recovered.

The humidity from the humidifier or shower soothes your sore throat

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When you are suffering from tonsillitis, place a humidifier by the couch or bed for additional moisture in the air. Warm showers also may help to relieve your symptoms. The humidity from the humidifier or shower soothes your sore throat.

If you are prescribed antibiotics, it is critical to take all medications prescribed and to never skip a dose or the infection may return.

Children should avoid school for 24 hours after beginning a course of antibiotics to avoid spreading infection, advises MedlinePlus.