This month we discuss Acne Awareness Month, food-borne illnesses, and the importance of fruits and vegetables.
Many dismiss acne as a common, treatable skin condition. However, research has shown that acne can lead to adverse emotional effects and self-esteem concerns. To help shed some light on acne and provide management strategies, Health Canada has designated September as Acne Awareness Month.
Acne, which affects 90 per cent of teens and a substantial number of adults, begins when glands connected to hair follicles in skin produce an oily substance. Then, when dead skin cells clog the inner lining of the hair follicle, the oil cannot reach the skin’s surface and a bacterium grows, causing inflammation.
A variety of factors cause acne, including changing hormone levels, medications and cosmetics. While acne can impact teens and adults alike, there are a variety of skin care techniques that can help reduce and prevent inflammation:
Acne treatments include over-the-counter and prescription options. To treat mild acne, doctors recommend using a topical cream or cleanser containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. For moderate to severe acne, doctors may prescribe antibiotics and a topical medication.
Food-borne illness, also referred to as food poisoning, occurs when an individual gets sick from eating food that has been contaminated with harmful microorganisms. Each year, more than 4 million Canadians suffer from food poisoning, experiencing stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fevers.
Common causes of food-related illnesses include, but are not limited to, botulism, campylobacter, cronobacter, E. coli, norovirus and salmonella.
To avoid contracting a foodborne illness, prepare your food safely and review food-handling materials from Health Canada. If an outbreak is reported or a recall is issued, throw the affected food product away immediately.
If you’re like the majority of Canadians, you’re most likely not eating enough fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, fibre and other naturally occurring substances that may help prevent chronic diseases. In fact, a healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer.
In general, health officials recommend having at least one vegetable or fruit at every meal. Specifically, Health Canada recommends the following:
Makes: 8 servings
Nutritional Information (per serving)
|Total Fat||6 g|
|Dietary Fibre||5 g|
|Saturated Fat||1 g|
|Total Sugars||22 g|
Source: Government of Canada
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