Transforming your health is a process but with the right information, it does not need to be a burden. The following resources exist to empower our peers in finding the right steps for taking charge of their health.
FOODS THAT FIGHT DISEASE
The food you eat does more than provide energy. It can have a dramatic effect on your body’s ability to fight off heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and weak bones. With remarkable consistency, recent research has found that a diet high in plant-based foods — fruits, vegetables, dried peas and beans, grains, and starchy staples such as potatoes — is the body’s best weapon in thwarting many health-related problems. These foods work against so many diseases that the same healthy ingredients you might use to protect your heart or ward off cancer will also benefit your intestinal tract and bones. Read the full article on Reader’s Digest.
8 SMART REASONS TO GO VEGAN FOR HEART HEALTH
Kim Williams, MD, a cardiologist and the president of the American College of Cardiology, became a vegan in 2003, after finding out his cholesterol levels were high — and it changed his life. He went vegan because he was impressed by how much heart scans of one of his patients improved after she tried a plant-based diet. She went from a high-risk of heart disease to normal risk in a matter of months. Read the full article on Everyday Health.
1 IN 5 COLORADO KIDS STRUGGLE WITH OBESITY
The family’s emblematic of a pattern: Colorado is one of the country’s leanest, most physically active states for adults. But when it comes to kids, it’s a different story: about a fifth of them are overweight or obese. The figure for poor children is closer to a third, and even higher for blacks, Hispanics and the uninsured, according to the Colorado Child Health Survey. Read the full article on Colorado Public Radio.
THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF VEGAN DIETS
Recently, vegetarian diets have experienced an increase in popularity. A vegetarian diet is associated with many health benefits because of its higher content of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and many phytochemicals and a fat content that is more unsaturated. Compared with other vegetarian diets, vegan diets tend to contain less saturated fat and cholesterol and more dietary fiber. Read the full article on The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
TREATING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS WITH DIET: FACT OR FRAUD
Most health professionals dismiss the idea that multiple sclerosis (MS), a degenerative disease of the nervous system, might be linked to diet. It seems ridiculous to them that so mysterious a disease may be affected by something so simple. Rather than looking to the kitchen for answers, the medical establishment expects a cure for multiple sclerosis to come from high-tech research that will pinpoint some culprit—a virus, perhaps, or a glitch in the immune system. Read the full article on Physician’s Committee.
GO VEGAN TO WARD OFF OBESITY?
Researchers from the nonprofit organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine write in the American Journal of Health Promotion that an 18-week plant-based diet can boost employee productivity and reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue. Read the full article on Medical News Today