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Healthy Eating and Cancer and Heart Disease Prevention

- 30 October 2009, 11:10

Written by Karen Jung

 

There is a noted increase in cancer and obesity rates in children and adults in some countries.  Both cancer and heart disease have a significant negative impact on people’s health, families and the health care system.  Given current challenging economic times combined with financial constraints and limited resources, this is an opportune time to assess and monitor our daily lifestyle habits.

Some cancers and obesity are attributed to people eating too much of the wrong kinds of foods, consuming too much bad fats and sugar in their daily diet and not exercising enough.  Healthy eating and regular exercise require ongoing effort, commitment, support and leadership from parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and/or care providers. To live without cancer or heart disease, you need to first make the necessary lifestyle changes and then set a good example for others to follow.  Do it for yourself first and then do it for your loved ones next.

One of the first steps in adopting healthy eating and living habits is drinking at least eight to nine cups of water daily and maintaining a healthy body weight.  Water helps with digestion, gets rid of waste and keeps your bowels regular.  Eat lots of colourful fresh fruits and vegetables every day because it contains various vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants that keep cells healthy, improve cholesterol levels, and protect against some cancers and heart disease.  A high-fibre and calcium-rich diet is also important as we age.  Fibre keeps you feeling fuller longer and helps to prevent bowel problems.   Calcium is vital to maintain strong bones and teeth and it prevents osteoporosis later in life.

To maintain a healthy body weight, try cutting sugar intake in food and beverages which can contribute to extra calories.  Also, reduce your sodium intake, including salt.  Too much salt can contribute to high blood pressure and a greater risk for heart disease and other health complications.  Choose treats that are trans fat free and look at the nutrition facts for calories, saturated fats and sugar content.  Don’t forget that fruit contains natural sugars.  In my new book, Healthier Eating and Living with Cancer, there are many meals and snacks that are both cancer and heart-healthy.

Karen Jung is the author of Healthier Eating and Living with Cancer.  Her recently published book has received numerous praises and positive reviews from prominent cancer and health organizations in Canada, the United States and United Kingdom.  With over 20 years of health care experience, she served for 12 years as Director of Human Resources in various large hospitals in British Columbia, Canada.

 

For more information on Healthier Eating and Living with Cancer, visithttp://www.granvilleislandpublishing.com/our_titles/cooking/#healthier_eating.  Books can be purchased through your local bookstores or with Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca.

 

Copyright © 2009 Karen Jung.  All rights reserved.


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