Guest Blog by Brian Forester
There are a thousand ways that altering your present diet will help you to realize better health.
Food is your fuel and putting bad food into your body is like putting a little sugar in your car’s gas tank each time you fill up: it’s sure to affect performance and bring things to a halteventually.
A good diet will help you to maintain higher energy levels, support your immune system, and enhance your wellness.
According to the World Health Organization, the best diets balance the calories you take in and the calories you burn off every day. The organization also recommends a diet high in fruits and vegetables, low in sodium, and sparing in granulated sugars.
So put down that soda! Let’s examine what may be the most important of these recommendations, and look at food source that may account for more health problems than any other:
Many health problems are largely instigated by sugar, the presence of which has become a scourge on our collective national wellness.
The United States has an incredibly high rate of obesity, for example, which is not only affecting adults but large numbers of children as well. Experts place a lot of the blame on sugary drinks, especially sodas and fruit and energy drinks.
Recently, there’s even been a very public backlash against such beverages in New York City with the town’s Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, attempting to limit the sale of sugary drinks to 16 ounces. Sugar, especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup, is now found in everything from the aforementioned soft drinks to condiments, salad dressings, processed foods, everywhere you look.
The health consequences of sugar are vast, with links to everything from obesity (resulting in diabetes and other obesity-related ailments) to Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, heart disease, and even some cancers. Many experts insist that these cancers, as well as some types of heart disease, may begin with inflammation.
The theory is that the intake of sugar (and other foods) leads to an acidic environment in the blood. Acid tends to create short durationinflammation, and this, an increasing number of healthcare professionals believe, is where the trouble starts.
In response to this discovery, diets high in foods that alkalize the blood have recently become quite popular. The Mediterranean diet and some vegetarian diets place alkalizing foods high up in their dietary priorities. Here’s a handy starter chart listing alkaline vs. acidic foods.
Reducing salt intake can also be of enormous benefit to your body. Packaged and processed foods are full of sodium as are many restaurant-prepared dishes. High sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure, which can result in, amongst other things, cardiac and kidney problems and stroke. Reading nutrition labels on prepackaged foods may help, but it’s rare for these foods to have low sodium levels.
The jury is still out on the effects of saturated fats. Some studies indicate that these fats are bad for the heart while others maintain there’s no correlation between fat intake and cardiovascular disease.
In any event, it’s a good idea to eat just about everything, healthy or unhealthy, in moderation.
For greater detail on this subject and more dietary suggestions try ChooseMyPlate.gov.
About the Author:
Brian Forester is a health and wellness writer in the Chicago area. It is his goal to help people learn more about healthy natural foods and incorporate them into their diets. Companies like Now Foods offer healthy options to improve wellness for everyone with Organic Better Stevia.