Every day we’re surrounded by messages regarding what is good for our health. What’s fact and what’s fiction? There’s a lot to decipher.
1.Ignore The Advertising, Avoid Sugary Drinks
Forget the hype, sugar in drinks equals fat. Unless you’re in a sport that demands this type of fluid, avoid it. Your brain doesn’t register calories from liquid sugar as it does from solid food. These drinks have a direct link to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and a host of other health problems. Remember, sugar is sugar. It does not matter if sugar is in soda or fruit juice.
2.Avoid Junk And Processed Food
Surely, you have a small amount of time to put yourself first, food-wise. Avoid fast food restaurants. When shopping, pass up the junk and processed foods. All of these have chemicals, empty calories, and fat. Take a bit of time and cook a few foods that you will enjoy eating all week.
3.Eat More Fish
Choose wild varieties of fish over farmed fish. The latter has often had poor diets. People who eat a diet rich in “good” fish have less risk of dementia, depression and heart disease.
4.Include Fiber And Probiotics
Yogurt carries a tremendous amount of “good” bacteria. Disrupting the normal flora of bacteria can result in a host of problems, including obesity. So, don’t forget including probiotics and fiber in your diet. (Remember, some medications, including antibiotics, can destroy your body’s good bacteria.)
5.Avoid Overcooking Your Meat
Meat is an excellent food choice. It’s high in fiber and contains many other vital nutrients. However, burning or even overcooking your meat can result in chemical changes that can increase your risk of developing cancer.
6.Are You Getting Enough Sun?
People have learned to avoid the harmful rays of the sun. The problem is, the sun is how we also get Vitamin D. One study showed that as many as 41% of the U.S. population is deficient in this essential vitamin. That’s a problem because this vitamin helps improve strength and bone health. Additionally, it can reduce your risk of developing depression and lower your risk of cancer.
Do not underestimate the importance of protein. In fact, some experts believe the recommended daily allowance is too small. Foods rich in protein lower blood sugars and blood pressure. As these foods are filling, you’re less likely to snack at night.
8.Avoid Smoking, Drugs. Drink Only In Moderation
It bears repeating. Smoking and taking drugs can have irreversible, if not fatal effects on your body. Drinking in moderation is only applicable if you don’t have alcoholic tendencies.
9.Don’t Add Sugar To Your Diet
Sugar has many names and found as a common additive in our foods. It can wreak havoc with our system and lead to type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and many forms of cancer.
10.Avoid Trans Fats
These were created to replace saturated fat. Now, the thinking is changing to less fear saturated fats (in moderation). These man made fats have a direct link to both heart disease and inflammation.