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Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month

Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month

It’s Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month, and hemochromatosis is an inherited disorder where your body accumulates too much iron.

Patients usually don’t show serious signs until they’re over 40 years old, so it’s important to get screened in routine blood tests.

Hemochromatosis is especially common in those from European ancestry, affecting approximately 1 in 400 of them. Talk to your doctor about when you should be screened.

Blood Test Screenings

 

If you suffer from hemochromatosis, your body absorbs too much iron from your diet, as much as 4x too much, and since your body only has a few ways to get rid of iron, it accumulates over time in your liver, bones, joints, pancreas, and skin.

Getting Screened for Hemochromatosis

 

The extra iron in your system can cause organ damage, and iron deposits can darken your skin. It can also increase your risk of diabetes, heart attack, arthritis, and some cancers.

Risks of Hemochromatosis

 

The wrong level of iron in the brain has been tied to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

Brain Disease and Hemochromatosis

 

Symptoms of hemochromatosis include chronic fatigue, joint pain, especially in your knuckles, memory fog, an irregular heartbeat, and abdominal pain.

Hemochromatosis Symptoms

 

Getting iron levels down with therapeutic blood removal, or phlebotomy, is the most common treatment. Regular blood donations and a hemochromatosis-friendly diet can help you lower iron levels.

Hemochromatosis Treatment

National Horseradish Month

National Horseradish Month

It’s National Horseradish Month, and it’s the perfect time to add a kick to your summer dishes with these healthy horseradish recipes.

Mix up your summer staple with a batch of Creamy Horseradish Potato Salad.

creamy horseradish potato salad

 

Get some fresh fish in your weekly meal plan with this easy Horseradish Parmesan-Crusted Salmon.

Horseradish Parmesan Crusted Salmon

 

Go meatless with this gorgeous Roasted Beets and Kale Salad with Horseradish Crema.

Roasted Beets and Kale Salad with Horseradish Crema
Image and Recipe via Viktoria’s Table

 

This beautiful Creamy Horseradish Chicken with Garlic Sautéed Spinach is perfect for guests.

Creamy Horseradish Chicken with Garlic Sautéed Spinach
Image and Recipe via Recipes Plus

 

These Baked Horseradish Carrots will spice up your boring dinner side dishes.

Baked Horseradish Carrots

 

Go spicier with this savory Smoky Oven-Baked Salmon with Horseradish for dinner.

Smoky Oven Baked Salmon with Horseradish
Image and Recipe via A Spicy Perspective

 

Try this Celery Root Salad with Apple, Caraway, and Horseradish, sure to become a light summer favorite.

Celery Root Salad with Apple, Caraway, and Horseradish
Image and Recipe via Happyolks

Self-Care Month

Self-Care Month

It’s Self-Care Month, and if you’re not sure why self-care matters, these TED talks can explain why your emotional and physical health should be a priority.

If you’ve never focused on self-care before, these 10 habits are a great way to get started.

Taking Time for Yourself

 

Create a relaxing routine for self-care. Whether it’s herbal tea and reading a book before bed or coffee and the newspaper in the morning, taking structured time for yourself is a great way to wind down and prepare you for the next thing.

Relaxing Routines

 

Take a break from technology. Whether it’s picking up a book, heading outdoors, or just spending time with friends or family, turning off the news and social media can help you refocus on yourself.

A Break from Tech

 

If you need to be more mindful or focus on relaxation, even if it’s only for 5 minutes, find a meditation app that can help guide you.

Mindful Meditation

 

Learn something new. Cooking or baking new recipes, knitting, or playing an instrument requires you to focus but can also give you time to yourself.

Learn Something New

 

Mixing up your day-to-day routine, like taking a different route to work, can help you get out of a rut, and these little changes can help you create new neural pathways to keep the brain healthy and build new habits.

Changing Up Your Routine

National Hot Dog Month

National Hot Dog Month

It’s National Hot Dog Month, and there are many ways to enjoy the family favorite with health in mind.

These Homemade Veggie Dogs are a delicious summer staple for your meatless Mondays. 

Homemade Veggie Dogs

 

Mix up the traditional condiments with Turkey Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream.

Turkey Dogs with Corn Salsa and Chipotle Cream
Image and Recipe via NatureBoxBlog

 

Gluten-Free Vegan Hot Dogs are prefect to have at a BBQ for the non-meat eaters.

Gluten-Free Vegan Hot Dogs
Image and Recipe via Vegan a la Mode

 

If you’re cutting back on carbs, you can skip the bun with these Sweet Potato Sausage Dogs.

Sweet Potato Sausage Dogs
Image and Recipe via Plating Pixels

 

These Smoky Barbecue Carrot Hot Dogs with Creamy Chickpea Salad are packed with veggies.

Smoky Barbecue Carrot Hot Dogs with Creamy Chickpea Salad
Image and Recipe via Vegan Sandra

 

Use turkey dogs to make these Thai Style Hot Dogs better for you.

Thai Style Hot Dogs

 

Whether you’re a vegetarian, or just looking for topping ideas, these Healthy Vegetarian Hot Dog Toppings are great inspiration.

Healthy Vegetarian Hot Dog Toppings
Image and Recipe via Ricotta and Radishes

Sorghum Month

Sorghum Month

It’s Sorghum Month, and we’ll be helping you make the most of this light grain with healthy sorghum recipes for light summer meals and snacks.

First up is an easy Herb and Grain Salad with Basil Oil and Popped Sorghum.

Herb and Grain Salad with Basil Oil and Popped Sorghum
Image and Recipe via Real Simple

 

Whip up a takeout alternative with this Chicken Tikka Masala with Cilantro-Lime Sorghum.

Chicken Tikka Masala with Cilantro–Lime Sorghum

 

This Warm Grains and Greens Salad is a perfect side all summer long.

Warm Grains and Greens Salad

 

Lighten up your cheese plate with these crispy Sorghum Sage Crackers.

Sorghum Sage Crackers (gluten-free & vegan)

 

Make breakfast more interesting with this tasty Sorghum Berry Breakfast Bowl.

Sorghum Berry Breakfast Bowl

 

Enjoy this veggie-packed Spring Sorghum Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette for lunch or with dinner.

Spring Sorghum Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Image and Recipe via Our Salty Kitchen

 

Make Pan Seared Salmon with Leek Puree and Sorghum Pilaf for a light summer supper.

Pan Seared Salmon with Leek Purée and Sorghum Pilaf

PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD Awareness Month

It’s PTSD Awareness Month, and PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is an anxiety problem certain people suffer from caused by traumatic events like combat or a serious accident.

Understanding PTSD

 

Those suffering from PTSD may relive the event with overwhelming memories, flashbacks, or nightmares that disrupt their day-to-day lives.

PTSD Symptoms

 

Veterans are some of the U.S. citizens most likely to suffer from PTSD.

Veterans and PTSD

 

Homeless vets today are even more likely to be haunted by PTSD than veterans of previous eras were.

The Homeless Vets and PTSD Connection

 

Injured soldiers’ sleep issues can be key to improving their rehabilitation and issues with PTSD.

Sleep Issues and PTSD

 

Consider these issues and guidelines if you’re wondering about seeing a therapist for your PTSD.

Learn more about PTSD, its symptoms, treatment, and how to get more help.

PTSD Support and Help

National Turkey Lovers’ Month

National Turkey Lovers’ Month

June is National Turkey Lovers’ Month, and it’s a great time to get more of the lean meat in your diet with these healthy turkey recipes.

First up is a Simple Herb and Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast that will be perfect for a Thanksgiving craving.

Simple Herb and Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast {Recipe Video}

 

Master the summer turkey staple with these delicious Grilled Turkey Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers.

Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers
Image and Recipe via Catz in the Kitchen

 

Whip up a Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro with Tzatziki for a healthier version of takeout.

Greek Turkey Meatball Gyro with Tzatziki

 

Make these Healthy Baked Turkey Enchiladas for an easy family-favorite dinner.

Healthy Baked Turkey Enchiladas

 

Meal prep next week’s lunches with these tasty Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs.

Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs

 

Skip the breakfast sausage with this Turkey & Egg Breakfast Casserole for brunch.

Turkey & Egg Breakfast Casserole

 

This beautiful Ground Turkey Mexican Lasagna is an easy showstopper for potlucks and summer suppers.

Ground Turkey Mexican Lasagna

Ground Turkey Mexican Lasagna