Healthy Diet & Lifestyle
Preventing and Fighting Disease with Healthy Nutrition and Lifestyles
Eating a balanced healthy diet - doesn't mean cutting out your favorite foods, but finding alternatives or modifying those favorites to be better for your heart and overall health.
Healthy Eating Tips
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. If fresh isn’t an option, try frozen fruits and vegetables instead of canned. Frozen fruits and vegetables retain their nutrients better and are lower in sodium than canned goods.
- Whole grains should be a part of a healthy balanced diet. Try whole wheat bread, pasta, or brown or wild rice.
- Low-fat dairy products provide less saturated fat than whole milk products.
- Limit the about of sodium eaten a day to 2,000 milligrams. When looking at a food label or comparing food labels pick the one that is closer to 5% of the daily value for sodium.
Eating a balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important when battling most illnesses. Protein helps build and repair muscles, carbohydrates give you energy, good fats (vegetable oils, fish, avocado, and nuts) help provide energy, and vitamins and minerals help regulate and keep your body working optimally. Helping you strengthen your immune system, building strong bones and teeth, and helping with cellular metabolism among many other processes.
Exercise - Keep Moving
- Get plenty of exercise no healthy lifestyle is complete without exercise. Get at least 30 minutes a day on most days of moderate physical activity like walking, jogging, cycling or swimming.
- Try to move a little bit more each day.