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Friday, December 23, 2011

Melanie Bowen - Disease and Healthy Diet Connection

Disease and Healthy Diet Connection

Learning that you have a chronic or terminal illness is devastating in every sense. Cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes are amongst the top forms of chronic illness that can have terminal outcomes on life expectancy. From the moment your physician explains the diagnosis, course of the disease, prognosis and treatment options a flurry of confusion can overwhelm your mind. It can seem like a completely unmanageable position, but in all the aspects of chronic or terminal illness that you cannot control, there are factors in your life that you can such as your dietary habits.

Research has come a long way in linking a healthy diet to reducingng the risk of complications in a range of chronic illnesses. Good dietary habits not only prolong life, from chronic illness like heart disease, which is the primary cause of illness related death, but also benefit health in even rare forms of cancer like
mesothelioma. In fact, the most notorious culprit leading to chronic diseases or accelerating the course of an existing illness is obesity, which is directly linked to dietary habits.

The benefits of a healthy diet abound and it is because the foods contained in a well-rounded diet actually have protective substances that fight disease. For instance, the cruciferous vegetables, which includes broccoli, kale, onions, cabbage and cauliflower, contain specific compounds called
isothiocyanates. The compounds counteract the toxic effects of cancer causing carcinogens that attack the cells in your body.

A 2009 study published in "
Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention" found that study participants eating a healthy diet containing cruciferous vegetables had a lowered cancer risk, although ongoing research is warranted to find the exact relationship. But when it comes to improving your health, even the slightest chance that eating your veggies can make a difference is motivation enough to add them to your daily meal plans.

Another preliminary study from 2011, published in "Cancer Causes and Control" tested the effects of daily dietary fiber from grains on reducing the risk of cancers of the head and neck. The study found that a relationship exists,
particularly for women. Whole grains are also well known for reducing the risk of heart disease related to high-cholesterol levels. Wheat bread, bran cereal and oatmeal are amongst the many whole grain foods you can add to your daily meals for protecting your health while also providing a nutritious source of energy.

Adopting healthier eating habits takes a little bit of know-how and a lot of action on your part. Keep it simple by choosing fresh vegetables and fruits over frozen, canned or packaged varieties. Fresh offers you the most body protective nutrients without the additives like excess sodium or sugar. Replace white grains with whole grains to boost your fiber intake, which is crucial for colon and digestive health. Opt for lower-fat versions of dairy and choose leaner varieties of meat like skinless poultry or fish instead of fatty red meat and cured meats. Eat at home more than out so you know what you are getting and remember to fuel your body regularly, with several small meals instead of large over-portioned meals.

“Melanie Bowen is an awareness advocate for natural health and holistic therapies for cancer patients. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of different nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those with illness in her efforts to increase attentiveness and responsiveness on like topics"

Thank you for contacting me Melanie I enjoyed your article and I am sure others will as well. There are many foods out there for all types of diseases. My mom researched a lot for me before renal failure, during dialysis and now post transplant.
Eat well everyone!

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