ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Know Your Asthma Triggers
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Scientists ID New Genes Tied to Crohn's Disease
Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
CANCER
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment
Main Ingredients in Household Dust Come From Outdoors
Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say
EYE CARE, VISION
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
Good Warm-Ups Could Halve Sports Injuries
Brisk Walk Can Help Leave Common Cold Behind
As Temperature Plummets, It's Still Safe to Exercise
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
After Job Loss, People Report More Health Issues
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Boosting Kids' Stroke IQ May Save Lives
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
MEN'S HEALTH
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Green Spaces Boost the Body and the Mind
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Want Better Health in the New Year, Add Exercise to Your Day
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
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Eating your way to Good Health

Eating your way to good health

Hunger and obsession are a few of the feelings experienced if you have ever followed a strict weight loss diet. The truth is that there are so many diets out there all claiming to be the weight loss miracle you’ve been waiting for, but have you ever considered that you may be better off just eating a healthy, balanced diet?

Think about that for a moment. A balanced diet provides you with carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins, minerals and fiber in the right proportion.

Carbohydrates: These are the most abundant component of the food we eat and they are important for energy. Carbohydrates are digested into glucose, used by the body to produce ATP (Adenosine triphosphate – the body’s energy). Carbohydrates can be obtained from whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and low-fat dairy products.

Proteins: Are also very important and are required for building and repair of tissues. You should go with lean proteins as often as possible. Lean proteins are proteins low in fat, particularly saturated fat. Sources of lean protein include fish, de-skinned poultry, low-fat dairy products and legumes.

Fat: Are energy giving. To reduce your risk of developing heart disease, you should avoid saturated fats and trans fats as much as possible.

Fiber: Are found only in plant foods and they aid bowel movement.

Making it Possible

You should remember that bad habits die hard, it is therefore important to take things slow. Make changes in your eating habits slowly and stick to them. You may want to start by changing the type of snacks you eat or try low-calorie drinks. The important things are to take things slow, be realistic and determined.

Healthy habits you could try include:

• Eating at least 2 cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables each day
• Eating at least 6 ounces of grains daily. At least half of those servings should be whole grain. An ounce serving of grains is equal to about ¾ cup dry cereal; 1 small slice of bread; or ½ cup of cooked cereal, pasta, rice or other grains
• Eating 2 or 3 servings of low-fat dairy products daily. A serving of dairy is 1 cup of milk, 1 cup of yoghurt, or 1 ½ ounces of natural cheese. Non-milk sources of calcium such as calcium fortified orange juice are a great alternative for those who do not eat dairy products
• Limit your meat, fish and poultry intake to no more than 6 ounces daily
• Choose homemade and fresh foods instead of packaged or processed foods to limit salt intake
• When cooking, use monounsaturated fats such as olive or canola oil as much as possible instead of butter or margarine
• Choose a calorie goal that is right for your body and activity level. After you’ve done this, you’ll know exactly how much calories you need daily rather than labeling certain food good or bad based on their calorie content.

Tips to choosing food

1. Cutting back on the size of your portions can be a very effective way to manage your weight without giving up any of the foods you enjoy.
2. A low-fat diet will help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Limit high-fat foods.
3. Limit foods and drinks that are high in sugar. Substitute water for high-sugar drinks.
4. Always eat your veggies. Vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals.
5. Drink alcohol in moderate amounts (no more than 2 drinks a day for a man and one drink for a woman).

Always remember, eat healthy to stay healthy.


Eating your way to Good Health

Cheer's to Good Health!