Love Your Heart With Fibre Rich Diet

Consuming food items rich in fibre, like fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products, especially as a young adult, is likely to confer a lifetime of protection against heart risk, researchers say.

A new study found that adults aged between 20 and 59 years with the highest fibre intake had a significantly lower estimated lifetime risk for heart disease compared to those with the lowest fibre intake.

This is the first known study to show the influence of fibre consumption on the lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease.

“It’s long been known that high-fibre diets can help people lose weight, lower cholesterol and improve hypertension,” said Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, study author and cardiologist at the Feinburg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, US.

“The results of this study make a lot of sense because weight, cholesterol and hypertension are major determinants of your long-term risk for cardiovascular disease,” he said, according to a Feinburg statement.

A high-fibre diet falls into the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 25 grams of dietary fibre or more a day.

Lloyd-Jones said you should strive to get this daily fibre intake from whole foods, not processed fibre bars, supplements and drinks.

“A processed food may be high in fibre, but it also tends to be pretty high in sodium and likely higher in calories than an apple, for example, which provides the same amount of fibre,” Lloyd-Jones said.

Study leader Hongyan Ning examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a nationally representative sample of about 11,000 adults.

The study was presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Atlanta.

 

Relieve back pain, eat healthy – The choice is yours

Millions of people struggle through the agony of back pain every day. Many turn to pain relievers and other medicines to achieve relief so they can get through their day by day lives. What most do not realize is a few small changes to their daily schedule that can seriously improve their health and relieve this pain.

One easy change that can be made involves diet. Not only does being overweight affect your back and cause pain but what we eat can also have a massive impact. Healthy nourishment can play a big part in strengthening your back and overall physical health.

There are particular vitamins and nutrients that the human body needs to develop your muscles so they can support the spine. Without healthy eating, these muscles can deteriorate and may not perform, putting your back at risk to injury.

With the hectic life that most of us live, it is very easy to lose sight of nourishment and simply succumb to eating for convenience. Junk food is everywhere and even though it is cheap and convenient it does not supply our bodies with the correct nutrient elements that it needs to function properly.

The majority of these foods contain a lot of unhealthy carbohydrates which may cause a spike in blood sugar giving you a short burst of energy but leaving you hungry later on. Muscles need foods that will supply them with energy slowly and consistently over a period of time.

This is going to help the muscles perform correctly and you will be aware of the difference in everything from concentration to posture which can significantly increase the health of your back. Your diet should be high in complex carbohydrates and proteins.

Foods that are vital to make a regular part of your diet are fresh fruits and vegetables. Every type of nuts and legumes can help in promoting a healthy back. Other foods like Alaskan salmon, ginger, olive oil, and lean poultry are foods that work as an anti-inflammatory.

Another study indicates that cherries can also help to relive muscle pain and strain. The most important part of a good diet is to eat sensible foods at frequent intervals during the day. By eating smaller meals regularly, you can eliminate hunger fits which will help you make better choices and avoid the drive thru.

Crucial foods that you should limit in your diet are sugar, white bread, snacks, processed foods, fries and all kinds of fast foods. These foods could cause inflammation in the body. Other items like soda, caffeine and alcohol should only be consumed occasionally.

Having a majority of your diet composed from healthy whole foods can decrease inflammation through your body and help set you on your way to a health back. By making one or two changes in your diet and consistently selecting the proper foods you can help to improve the health of your back and overall physical condition. This could assist in alleviating agony and limit the pain relievers and other medications you want to take all though your day.