Dariel's World

Hi. I'm Dariel Raye, an interracial/multi-cultural paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and psy/suspense author, and every day of this journey is a learning experience. I'm also a counselor, musician, and animal lover. My stories are about all-conquering love and romance, and I enjoy hosting other authors as well. Enter a world where werewolves, vampires, multi-shifters, vamp-like Nephilim, Vodouin Fey, and all things paranormal capture our hearts...

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

2 Delicious Recipes With Breast Health Benefits

Be sure to take a look at my breast health tips post for  a bit of background on why I chose these particular recipes.

Chef John's Peanut Curry Chicken

Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance doctors have found to support breast health, so I'm sharing this recipe not only because I love it, but because it's healthy, too. It's also relatively easy to prepare. I must disagree with one thing the chef says, though. He makes the statement that it's not based on a recipe from any specific culture, blah blah, and perhaps his specific recipe is not, but curry chicken, like most recipes accented with the exotic taste of turmeric, originated in the Middle East. 

Melt in your mouth Salmon

Salmon is another of my favorites that also offers healthy benefits overall, including the ability to fight free radicals and other cancer causing agents from attaching themselves to our most vulnerable areas. That definitely includes our breasts. According to studies, Omega-3 is abundant in salmon, and in addition to helping to keep our breasts healthy, Omega-3 helps slow aging. Now that's a perfect perk if I ever heard one! 

Marinated Wild Salmon

I know I said two, but I just couldn't resist this one. Let me know if you give any of these a try :-) Try adding a touch of Tiger Sauce to add even more kick.

These recipes are compliments of All Recipes.com

Thursday, October 6, 2016

10 Breast Health Tips: Armoring Ourselves Against Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer?

1.     Eating Omega-3 rich foods like salmon and other wild-caught fish has been shown to decrease risk by 500%

2.     Add Curcumin (found in Turmeric) to your diet. Powerful antioxidants, this root herb strengthens our natural immune system against free radicals.

3.     Maintain healthy Iodine levels. This is best determined through the results of blood work, and immediate action can be taken by eating more natural foods with natural salt with iodine. **note** Sea salt and most processed foods, though high in sodium, generally lack adequate levels of iodine.

4.     Set your beauties free as much as possible. According to Web MD, women who wear bras, particularly underwire, for 12 hours or more, have a 1 in 7 chance of getting cancer, women who wear bras less than 12 hrs. drop to a 1 in 52 chance of waking the terrible disease, and women who allow the twins relatively free rein drop to a 1 in 168 chance of a breast cancer diagnosis. Check here for less restrictive options.

5.     Exercise and weight management. Surprise! Right? Excess weight is bad for EVERYTHING, and exercise helps with blood flow as well as clearing the lymph nodes.

6.     Get plenty Vitamin D (natural sunlight  or supplements). Generally speaking, a few minutes of sunlight, say 15 - 20, can give us all the D we need, but some medications and illnesses cause problems with our bodies' ability to absorb it.

7.     Stop smoking. Well, the simplest answer is that like excess weight, smoking is bad for EVERYTHING. More specific to cancer is that Nicotine robs the body of nutrients, leaving our immune system more vulnerable.

8.     Drink lots of water. Water is cleansing, and helps every organ, internal and external, by flushing toxins.

9.     Drink magnesium-rich herbal teas such as Chamomile, Chai, or mint (just a few of my faves). There are actually a number of reasons for this; one is that magnesium is a natural sleep aid and expectorant, and the body needs both to maintain healthy balance, and two, the relaxing agents in magnesium help prevent high blood pressure and assist with stress management. Stress management and inadequate sleep have been shown to contribute to breast cancer.

10.               Try homemade natural deodorants with or without fragrance. Most store-bought deodorants include questionable levels of aluminum, and this mineral has been shown to cause cancer in animals. Also, high levels of aluminum have been found in cancerous tissue. Here's an easy one to try:

Shea Butter Natural  Deodorant Ingredients
3 T. Coconut oil
3 T. Baking soda
2. T Shea butter
2 T. organic cornstarch
**Optional** Your favorite essential oil fragrance (i.e., lavendar, lemongrass, etc.)

1.   Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out… This can also be done in the microwave if you have one.
2.   Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda or just omit)
3.   Mix well
4.   Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
5.   If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer!

NOTE: It may take several hours to completely harden and this process can be sped up by putting in the fridge for a few minutes. 

Sources: Wellness Mama, Web MD