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Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
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Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
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Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
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Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
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Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
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For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
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Staying Slim Is Good for the Environment
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
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When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Living With Less TV, More Sweat Boosts Weight Loss
Run for Your Life
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
GENERAL HEALTH
Go To Work But Skip The Car
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
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HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
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KID'S HEALTH
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Countdown to Hair Loss
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Protein Deposits May Show Up Before Memory Problems Occur, Study Says
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Bitter Melon Extract May Slow, Stop Breast Cancer
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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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!