Preventing Illness and Disease
|Provide fuel||Ultimately, all food is broken down into glucose, the energy source for all body cells.||You need fuel to function.|
|Lower cancer risk||Antioxidants combat free radicals, which are linked to cancer.||Studies suggest that women who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables have half the risk of cancer.|
|Prevent heart disease, stroke, hypertension||Antioxidants, fiber, and folate; omega-3 fatty acids||The healthiest foods for the heart are fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts.|
|Cholesterol||Appropriate levels reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.||High-fiber, low-saturated fat and high monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat foods lower cholesterol.|
|Diabetes prevention||Low glycemic index foods||Eating regular meals with minimal sugary foods can prevent adult-onset diabetes.|
|Vision||Fruits and vegetables can prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.||Fruits and vegetables can help prevent vision problems.|
|Healthy bones||Adequate calcium and vitamin D||Bone requires proper nutrients.|
|Maintain stable mood||Blood glucose supplies thebrain.||Steady blood glucose levels steady mood.|
General dietary recommendations include eating a high-fiber, medium to low glycemic index diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy sources. Choosing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and avoiding saturated and trans-fats is the best way to naturally prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and many other diseases.
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From The Active Woman's Health and Fitness Handbook by Nadya Swedan. Copyright © 2003 by Nadya Swedan. Used by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
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