Live Life Naturally! Most of us have good intentions, but get side tracked due to this issue or that issue. Make staying on the path to GOOD HEALTH your goal.
Heart Health – If you are not allergic, make nuts a daily part of your diet. Nuts that grow on top of the ground – on trees, contain the most nutrients. These include walnuts, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts and pine nuts. The nutrients benefits are more heart healthy than peanuts which are grown underground and seem to be the nut most people are allergic to. Eating these nuts will also reduce inflammation, improve blood vessel health, control blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Eat them raw and unsalted.
Brain Health – Eat well now, when you are young for a healthy brain which will carry you into your senior years. I will be doing a blog in more detail on this subject later on.
Thinning Bones – are usually an issue with women, but studies show that middle-aged men should be more concerned. According to researcher Allison Ford, ” Low bone mineral density and osteoporosis affect men, and should not be overlooked.” Start with a well-balanced diet, rich in calcium, adequate Vitamin D and Exercise especially weight-bearing exercise.
Diabetes – Diabetes is slowing becoming the most prevalent disease on earth today, and is quickly becoming a danger in the health of our children. That should not be the case. You need to diabetes-proof not only yourselves, but your children. The STAD (Standard American Diet) is the culprit in most cases. The Journal of The American Medical Association comparing the STAD to the Mediterranean diet concluded that the advantages of the Mediterranean diet is better in terms of blood sugar control and cholesterol optimization.
Both Type 1 and Type 2 are on the rise and are diet related. It is acknowledged that “a high-carbohydrate diet, liberally spiked with sodas, candies, and refined grains is co-implicated with lack of physical exercise and device dependency to produce obese, insulin-resistant kids.” Prevention should begin at preconception of a woman’s pregnancy. Mothers should be more aware of what they eat, because what they eat and put into their bodies is carried into the body of the child through the umbilical cord.
The GUT– on the lighter side we all need to keep the Gut (colon) in good condition. HOW?
- Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables
- Eat slower – chew your food well before swallowing
- Eat in moderation to avoid overfilling your stomach
- Manage your stress – do relaxation breathing, meditate, do stress reducing exercises which will have a positive impact on the digestion.
- Get a lot of sleep
- Set a bedtime for your gut – DO NOT EAT AT NIGHT, basically after 6pm, to avoid digestive distress.
- Keep the beneficial bacteria in check along with the harmful bacteria. Eat probiotic foods (sauerkraut, Kimchi, pickled beets, etc.), or take Probiotic Supplements, as needed, to aid digestion and nutrient absorption, and support the immune system.
YOUR BEST BET TO STAYING HEALTHY IS TO TAKE MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS!