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Ramp Up Your Nutrition For A Healthier Body

June 11, 2013

By Charlie Badderly

It is not difficult to practice good nutrition if you follow the basic and simple guidelines. Unfortunately, in today’s internet age, there is a huge amount of conflicting information. The following article will show you the simple facts on what you should know about nutrition and how to work it into your everyday life.

Wheat, made into bread, has been called “the staff of life.” Most of us make it a major part of our diet. But in recent years we have learned more of the “down side” of wheat. The high gluten content in wheat can cause indigestion–even celiac disease–in some people. We should note our body’s reaction to wheat carefully.

When ordering out, avoid unhealthy side dishes. These may seem like a delicious thing that may appear harmless, but many are loaded with calories and fat and grease, despite their tasty exteriors. Stick to healthier options like fruit, veggies and salads. Just make sure not to use unhealthy oils and fattening dressings.

You will want to consider pesticides and their effect on your food. They are generally portrayed as detrimental. But if you talk with farmers, you may come to a more nuanced view. For instance, you may hear that some fungicides are necessary; that a healthy crop cannot be produced without them, and that none of the chemical is retained on the produce you buy.

For better nutrition, eat your favorite fruits and vegetables raw instead of cooked. Raw produce contains many vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that steaming, boiling and frying removes. It is also a good decision to eat the skin of the fruit or vegetable, if possible, as most of the nutrients are near the surface.

If you need to lower LDL cholesterol -that’s the unhealthy kind- you might consider increasing your intake of something that’s not usually known for healthy living: Beer. Studies have recently shown this benefit from beer also increases the good kind of cholesterol, HDL. Those with problems with alcohol shouldn’t take this approach, and moderation is always in order for everyone.

To stay away from sodas and other sugary drinks, you need to find an alternative. It is natural to have cravings for something sweet: why not try fruit juice? Or better yet, mix fruit juice and water. Buy some oranges and squeeze them yourself. You can do the same with a lot of fruits, and combine different kind of juices for flavor.

Read the fine print. When you are grocery shopping, don’t be fooled by packaging that gives the impression of containing healthy food. Don’t assume that because it is “low-fat” or “organic”, that it is healthy. Take a second to flip the box over and read the nutrition information panel and ingredient list to determine its nutritional content for yourself.

A great way to live a healthier lifestyle is to moderate the amount of processed foods you consume. Processed foods are high in refined sugars that are terrible for your body. As with all things, processed foods are fine in moderation. However, you want to make sure that most of your food intake is from natural sources.

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