Eating for your best health
All across the world, we see a rise in chronic diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes and more. Our immediate go to for a solution is prescription after prescription leaving us spending the rest of our lives trying to remember to take our morning, afternoon and evening pills. However, the growth of the pharmaceutical industry is leaving us even more sick and developing more diseases.
How does this make sense and what can we do to change it?
But have we thought that healthier eating would result in less disease, less hospital administrations and a healthy society?
We have developed into a Western society, consuming excessive amounts of processed food, high in sugar, fat and calories. This food has no nutritional value, but instead clogs arteries, causes weight gain which can progress to diabetes.
Now we aren't saying we can cure cancer with food, yet, but health issues such as the common cold, inflammation, stomach issues and possibly diabetes can be helped using food.
Take control of your health and well-being.
One of lives many irritations is when you feel a cold coming on days before an important event or holiday. If we eat correctly throughout the year, balancing nutritious fruit and vegetables, it is possible to decrease the risk of catching the cold:
Examples are Oranges, Grapefruit, Pineapples, Mangos and Leafy Green vegetables such as Kale. It is suggested we eat these because they are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and other phytonutrients that strengthen the immune system and help increase resistance to the cold and flu.
Ginger promotes a rise in body temperature which is useful in treating coughs and colds by clearing mucous build-up in the lungs, sinus and throat. Freshly squeezed, it helps reduce nausea caused by motion, morning sickness and food poisoning.
If you suffer from constipation, rather than buying laxatives or probiotic tablets, filling up on fibre helps keep your digestive system flowing. Foods such as wholemeal bread, brown rice, beans, oats and vegetables are great sources of fibre.
Instead of probiotic tablets, simply having a small pot of yoghurt provides pre and probiotics alongside healthy bacteria which help the gut function effectively.
Inflammation can present as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and heart disease. The best food to decrease inflammation are Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, sardines, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and freshly ground flaxseeds.
Also, products rich in vitamin C such as green tea, soy, garlic and onions can help reduce inflammation.
Instead of heart attack causing saturated fat found in fast and processed food, eating healthy fats such as fish or olive oil can decrease inflammation linked with cardiovascular disease.
Nuts and seeds are thought to lower low density lipid cholesterol, preventing blockage of arteries. However limit these to a small handful as they are high in calories.
Oats are not only good for filling you up at breakfast, providing you with energy for the day, they are beneficial for reducing total cholesterol. The soluble fibre promotes healthy digestive system, preventing digestive issues and possibly reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.
Blueberries are not just a small ball packed with flavour, they are also high in antioxidants, providing heart health benefits. Some research suggests that 3 servings of blueberries a week cuts the risk of heart attacks by 30%.
Blueberries also have a high fibre content which promotes fullness, helping with weight loss.
Although eating these food groups cannot guarantee you wont get a cold or heart issues, they remain beneficial in overall health and in decreasing any health issues you may have.
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