“We are unnecessarily wasting our precious resources in wars… if we must wage war, we have to do it on unemployment, disease, poverty and backwardness.” -Atal Bihari Vajpayee
In 2013, in the UK alone, 506,790 deaths were registered. The reasons for death were varied but the most common causes were cancer, causing 29% of deaths, followed by diseases of the circulatory system (heart disease or heart attacks) killing 28% and diseases of the respiratory system (influenza, pneumonia) accounting for 15% of registered deaths.
These statistics are very sad. It is never very enjoyable talking about death but this depressing reality faces us all.
A positive fact, however, is that people are living longer than ever before with men in the UK living to an average of 79.5 years of age and women living longer at 83.1 years of age. Nevertheless, the extra time lived is usually spent in poor health due to bad alimentation and eating habits.
However, hope is not lost! There are many things we can all do to make sure that our last years are truly golden ones.
Many diseases can be prevented by a healthy diet and lifestyle. There are various foods that contribute to vitality and strength during the senior years.
As a young person, now is the time to make sure that you will age healthily and gracefully. Superprof is here to offer tips about a healthy diet that can prevent unwanted diseases.
Those who suffer from obesity are setting themselves up for many health problems in the future. (Source: Visual Hunt)
I’m positive that you have heard this over and over again: eating well favourably affects your diet.
Let’s look at 3 reasons how eating the right vitamins, minerals and nutrients contribute to better health:
There is no doubt about it, healthy diets make healthy people and healthy persons can fight against life-threatening diseases more effectively.
It is crucial to start a healthy lifestyle from your youth onwards. This is true because it can be harder to implement new foods into your diet when you are older.
What foods might one include in their diet to prevent disease?
Let’s have a look!
There are over 100 cancers killing millions per year. Did you know that eating right and adopting a healthy diet can fight against cancerous cells? (Source: Visual Hunt)
The consumption of many superfoods can prevent and fight against the spread of diseases like cancer.
What is a superfood?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a superfood as a food that is rich in compounds such as antioxidants, fibre or fatty acids, considered to be beneficial to a person’s health.
The earth has many nutritious foods and plants that can prevent and lower the spread of cancer. There are more than 100 types of cancers, in the world today, killing millions each year.
Therefore, let’s take a look at what superfoods we need to include in our diets to avoid the deadly threats of cancer:
Cancer is a nasty disease. However, with the right diet and food items, it can be prevented and slowed down.
All of the aforementioned foods are delicious, flavourful and easily found in any supermarket. Maybe you are already eating most of these daily!
Cranberries are high in antioxidants, can help regulate cholesterol levels and can aid those recovering from a recent stroke. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, strokes, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure are all cardiovascular conditions and diseases are suffered by many UK citizens.
Some of these conditions are genetic but others can be avoided following a strict diet of healthy foods.
Here are some high nutrient foods that fight against heart conditions:
When you know what to eat and how to prepare it, a healthy lifestyle is easy to attain!
If you are used to eating chips, fried fish and cookies transitioning to healthy food can seem like a bit of a bore. However, you’d be surprised about how many delicious recipes are at your disposal.
The Heart Foundation’s website has quick, healthy and delicious recipes for your heart. The preparation and cook time varies from 15-40 minutes.
You only have one heart, take care of it well!
Leafy greens like kale and spinach are great in a salad and can diabetics dealing with poor eyesight.
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Controlling your blood sugar levels and preventing diabetes is as simple as eating the right stuff.
Heart disease is twice as likely to strike those who are suffering from diabetes than those who are not, according to the American Diabetes Association.
This fact is a little scary and needs to be avoided, so here are some delicious food options to choose from that combat the dangerous and damaging effects of diabetes:
If you already have or are at risk of developing diabetes it is highly recommended to inculcate these different food items into your diet. Diabetes can drastically change your life. Preventative measures need to be applied.
Did you know that something as simple as washing your hands before and after handling certain foods can prevent contamination and food-borne illnesses? (Source: Visual Hunt)
Not only will a healthy diet prevent diseases and infections but the way food is handled makes a great difference too.
Every year, millions of British citizens contract foodborne illnesses with many even being hospitalized and dying.
These illnesses are easily contracted from contaminated water or food. Proactive measures need to be taken in order to avoid these deadly infections.
If you are eating all the necessary vegetables, fruits and proteins that prevent diseases from spreading, that is very commendable. However, the foods must be fresh, cooked and cleaned well and separated to prevent cross-contamination.
Taking these preventative measures will save your health and maybe even your life!
There you have it, now you know the benefits of a healthy diet to prevent diseases. Your health is too precious to spend your days eating foods that will harm you in the long run. If you take into account what you learnt, the length of your days will be long and filled with health!
What exactly is diabetes?
We’ve all heard about this disease but perhaps we do not understand what it entails. There are two types of diabetes, 1 and 2 in which the body’s ability to produce insulin is impaired resulting in high levels of glucose and sugars in the blood.
A good diet can help with: