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Living a healthy lifestyle is central to maintaining wellness throughout your lifetime. In fact, healthy habits not only help you to feel good and manage illness today, they can also help prevent future disease. There are many behaviors that influence your health - what you eat, how you sleep, if you smoke, how active you are, how you manage stress - to name just a few. You can improve your quality of life by making simple, positive changes to your daily routine.
Where to start?
We've collected useful facts and tips to inform, motivate and support steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Remember, small changes are powerful. Start today!
With Halloween a few weeks away and the cooler days coming our way, chocolate seems to knock on our doors to say hi. There are so many brands of dark chocolate available, so which one should you choose?
Dark chocolate is made by adding fat and sugar to cocoa. It differs from milk chocolate in that it contains little to no milk solids. It goes by other names too, including bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. These differ slightly in sugar content. A rule of thumb is to choose a brand that does not have sugar listed first on the ingredients list.
After a diagnosis of breast cancer, many women wonder what lifestyle changes they should be making. A healthy diet, together with exercise and stress management, is one of the factors that can affect the immune system and improve your overall health and well being.
There are no food or dietary supplements that act as “magic bullets” to prevent breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute guidelines for cancer prevention that can also be used to decrease the chance of a breast cancer recurrence include:
- Increase intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains
Fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain phytochemicals with antioxidant, antiestrogen and chemo preventive properties that may prevent cancer. The recommendation is 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and brussel sprouts) are especially rich in phytochemicals.
A healthy vegetarian diet requires some planning. Some vegetarians rely too heavily on processed foods, which can be high in calories, sugar, fat and sodium.
To make sure that your diet includes everything your body needs, pay special attention to these nutrients:
Calcium helps build and maintain strong teeth and bones. Milk and dairy foods are highest in calcium, but dark green vegetables, such as turnip and collard greens, kale, and broccoli, are good plant sources. Calcium-enriched and fortified products, including juices, cereals, soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, are other options.
Apples are one of the most popular fruits and an exceptionally healthy fruit with many health benefits.
Apples are highly nutritious
A medium apple equals 1.5 cups of fruit. It packs only 95 calories and it’s a good source of fiber (4 grams) and Vitamin C (14% of the RDI*). It also contains Potassium and is a rich source of polyphenols, an antioxidant. Keep the skin on, it contains half of the fiber content and many of the polyphenols.
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