Elderly seniors living by themselves often aren’t getting the best nutrition out of their diets. When you opt for easy when cooking up a meal, you can end up not getting the right amount of vitamins and proteins. The following article has some great tips to help you create a healthy diet.
Fiber is essential to anyone’s diet. When you get enough fiber it helps keep your weight under control, and you don’t feel as hungry. It can also help in reducing blood cholesterol. Fiber can also decrease the risk of cancers and heart disease.
TIP! Another helpful approach is to eat healthier versions of the favorite foods that you like. Get to know the different nutritional profiles of the foods you eat, get to know your options, and choose healthier alternatives.
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The two sources of cholesterol are food and your own body. Only 25% of the body’s cholesterol comes from food and the rest is produced naturally in your cells and liver. The good news is that you won’t have to give up every egg and cookie to maintain a healthy heart. In fact, even if you are predisposed to heart disease or diabetes, there are many simple lifestyle modifications that you can make to ensure that you live the healthy, happy life you’ve imagined.
The bad cholesterol you’ve probably heard so much about is called Low Density Lipoprotein. The good type goes bad when it stops transporting and oxidizes from exposure to free radicals, leading to conditions like atherosclerosis. If you have 160mg or more of LDL per day, then you have a high level of harmful cholesterol. By contrast, high density Lipoprotein (or HDL) is known as “good cholesterol.” It helps one-fourth to one-third of blood cholesterol to be carried from the arteries to the liver by HDL. Doctors recommend that you have more than 40mg of HDL to lower your risk of heart disease.
As you eat, your body uses the calories it needs and converts leftovers to triglycerides. While some are helpful, excess can lead to metabolic syndrome, which results in diabetes, strokes, heart disease or heart attacks. “Even if you control bad LDL cholesterol to less than 70, you still need to look at triglycerides,” said Dr. Leslie Cho, a cardiologist at the Women’s Cardiovascular Center of the Cleveland Clinic.
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