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What Does a Disease-Fighting Diet Look Like? | Fedelta Home Care, Seattle WA
July 18, 2018
What Does a Disease-Fighting Diet Look Like?
You are what you eat. Of all the wise proverbs that are passed down from generation to generation, few capture reality as accurately and succinctly as this. The more scientists learn about human biology and physiology, it becomes increasingly clear that diet plays a significant role, not only in our general well-being, but in our ability to resist specific disease processes. Here’s how a disease-fighting diet can protect you and your loved ones from the most common severe health problems.
1. Disease-fighting diets for diabetics
Affecting some 30 million Americans, diabetes is one of the most common and deadly ailments in the general population. One of the most crucial elements of a diabetic nutrition is the glycemic index. Glycemic index essentially refers to the speed at which your body can consume the calories contained within the foods you eat. Since foods that burn rapidly cause dangerous spikes in blood sugar, such foods should be avoided in favor of items that are absorbed slowly. Avoid sweetened drinks (such as sodas), replace juices with fresh fruits, and be sure to consume high fiber foods such as fresh vegetables and whole grains.
2. Foods that prevent heart disease
Responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States every year, heart disease is a major reason to consider making healthy lifestyle changes. The fundamentals of a heart-healthy diet include:
·Eating healthy fats
Though most fats can exacerbate the risk of heart disease and its progression, there are a few healthy fats that can protect the heart and circulatory system. The most common sources of these healthy fats are fish, avocados and some nuts, such as walnuts and almonds. These foods provide the small amount of fats that your body needs to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
·Fresh fruits and vegetables
Fresh produce has loads of fiber and very few calories, both of which are key in controlling heart disease. Look to the citrus family if you want the added cholesterol-fighting power of vitamin C. Though juice diets occasionally receive good press, the juicing process strips out healthy fiber and leaves behind mostly sugar and water, which can lead to weight gain and other unwanted effects. Though cooking fruits and veggies is fine, juicing strips out too many valuable nutrients.
·Whole grains and legumes
Another fantastic source of dietary fiber and nutrients, whole grains, beans and other legumes provide the ingredients that your circulatory system needs to remain balanced.
3. Cancer-fighting foods
Though there are seemingly endless factors that influence one’s risk of developing cancer, there is high-quality evidence that suggests that nutritional intervention can both help prevent disease and decrease its severity. As with other common ailments, the foundation of dietary disease management is built on fresh vegetables, fruits and grains, so there is much overlap with the guidelines for diabetes and heart disease. Some particularly powerful cancer fighters are:
Along with its close relatives – such as cauliflower, kale and cabbage – broccoli is rich in nutrients that prevent cancer cells from forming.
The tomato’s key cancer-busting ingredient is lycopene, a natural chemical that protects your DNA from damage. Contrary to popular belief, cooking does not destroy this nutrient (or any other valuable nutrients in your food). In fact, cooking tomatoes makes it easier for your body to absorb this vital chemical, so feel free to enjoy your pasta sauce.
An intense spice, turmeric does more than just add flavor to your dish. In populations that consume large amounts of turmeric, cancer rates are low, and laboratory research supports the idea that adding this spice to your foods can help control the disease.
A balance diet is just one aspect of disease management and prevention. At Fedelta Home Care, we provide the care and guidance you and your aging loved ones need to maintain healthy living in the face of chronic illness. From nutrition consultation to medical intervention and beyond, we can help you craft a holistic home care routine that meets your demands. Contact us today to learn more about our services.