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Boost Your Immune System with Power Foods

March 20, 2014

Giving your body the nutrition it needs can be the best form of disease prevention. Studies show that most Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole-grans, dairy products, and oils. So what do we eat? Many of us exceed the recommended intake levels of solid fats, added sugars, refined grains, sodium, and saturated fats.

Many of the foods that help your immune system to prevent disease and infections fall under the healthy category that many Americans are lacking. We all know that it takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It turns out that eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help keep your immune system on guard. You can ensure your body and immunity run smoothly by rounding out your plate with plenty of colorful servings of fruits and veggies, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least.

 

Immune Super Foods

  • Yogurt: Probiotics, or the “live active cultures” found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs.
  • Garlic: It contains allicin which is known to fight infection and bacteria. Studies show that people who eat garlic are about 66% less likely to catch a cold.
  • Oranges: Deliver a big dose of vitamin C, which can help to minimize symptoms that are associated with a cold. Also, this vitamin is water soluble, so what your body doesn’t use it flushes out.
  • Sweet Potatoes: These are full of vitamin A, which plays a major role in producing connective tissue, essential to skin. Your skin is your body’s first defense against bacteria and viruses, so it’s a crucial part of your immune system.
  • Mushrooms: Researchers have discovered that mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells, making them more aggressive – which is exactly what you need to fight off an infection.
  • Green Tea: Has an antioxidant called catechin that is helpful to prevent viruses.
  • Oats and Barley: Both grains have beta-glucan, a fiber with antimicrobial and antioxidant capabilities. They not only help boost immunity, but speed up wound healing, and help antibiotics work more efficiently.

 

Importance of a Healthy Diet

Having poor nutrition is related to major health risks that can cause illness and potentially death. Heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer are all associated with poor diet habits.

At Life Line Screening, we believe in the power of prevention. If you have a healthy diet plan in place, check out the preventive health screening services that we offer, and schedule a screening for you or someone you love online today




Heart Healthy Fats to Add into Your Diet

March 6, 2014

Trying to eat healthier this year? Instead of focusing on cutting out all of the fats from your diet, try to incorporate fats that have health benefits. Nutrition experts say that up to 35% of the calories consumed in a day come from good fats.

To get you started on the right track, here are the categories of healthy fats, and the best natural sources to find them. To take the next step in disease prevention, schedule a health screening to assess disease risk factors.

 

Monounsaturated Fats

These types of fats help lower LDL cholesterol, boost HDL cholesterol, and can help lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. Monounsaturated fats also help provide nutrients to help develop and maintain your body’s cells. They are typically high in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that many of us need more of.

Where can you find it? Try eating avocados, olives, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, peanut butter and olive oil.

 

Omega-6 Fatty Acids

This type of fat is a polyunsaturated fat which helps to control total and LDL cholesterol helping to reduce the risk of heart disease. Omega-6 fatty acids also help brain function, maintain bone health and regulate metabolism.

The best sources to find omega-6 fatty acids are from sunflower and pumpkin seeds, walnuts, soybean and corn oil.

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that are needed for the body to function normally. They also help to protect against irregular heart rhythms and reduce inflammation throughout the body including blood vessels and joints.

While many companies manufacture omega-3 pills, you can find it naturally in flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, canola oil and in fish like herring, salmon, sardines, lake trout, and albacore tuna.

 

Important for Heart Health

These fats, when used in the proper moderation, have heart healthy benefits that work within your body to prevent disease. We offer heart disease screenings  that include tests for high cholesterol, which is a major risk factor. Take preventive measures with your health by implementing a healthy nutrition plan and schedule a screening with us online  today.




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