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Eat well for a better retirement
One of the unfortunate side effects of the prosperous society most of us enjoy is the ability to afford more things, and this includes food. According to some sources, as much as one-third of the North American population is now obese. Eating well does not mean the expensive, processed or calorie dense foods so readily available.
Our daily food choices can make an important difference to our health. Poor eating choices can lead to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, diverticulitis and some kinds of cancer. Too much weight and reduced activity levels can be very hard on joints and lead to certain unnecessary injuries. Sometimes it is just too easy for some health care professionals to prescribe a medication for the symptoms rather than treat the cause.
Many who already have one or more chronic disease have been able to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol, better manage diabetes and reduce joint discomfort by making some diet changes. Also, diet adjustments can reduce or eliminate the effects of constipation and other bowel issues.
So, eating well really means making better eating choices to lessen or eliminate the effects of certain ailments that can lead to a retirement rife with discomfort and health problems. Eating well is not a quick fix but should be part of a healthy lifestyle that sticks with you for many years.
Like any change to lifestyle, itís probably best to take small steps. Consider:
Salt - Put the salt shaker in the cupboard and use sparingly. Most restaurant and processed food choices are very high in sodium which can lead to cardiovascular problems.
Water - Most people do not hydrate enough. Straight water is the best way to handle this as many beverages, like caffeine drinks and soda pop, can act as diuretics. Drinking six to eight glasses of water daily can help maintain proper hydration levels and can also help control appetite.
Fruit, Veggies & Fiber - By increasing the intake of these three and reducing the intake of fatty foods and meats can have many benefits. They include lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol, reduced bowel disorders and better weight management.
It is best to consult with your personal physician before making changes.
Eat well - because its the responsible thing to do.
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