Friday, June 4, 2010

Healthy eating

The following are a few guidelines for healthy eating:
•Eat a variety of foods to get the energy, protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber you need for good health.
•Balance the food you eat with physical activity.
•Maintain or improve your weight to reduce chances of having high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and most common types of diabetes.
•Choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits, which provide vitamins, minerals, fiber, and complex carbohydrates and which can help you lower your intake of fat.
•Choose a diet low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol to reduce your risk of heat attack, certain types of cancer, and to help you maintain a healthy weight.
•People with PD often lose weight without meaning to, due to nausea, loss of appetite, depression, and slowed movement. Unplanned weight loss together with malnutrition can lead to an weakened immune system, muscle wasting, loss of vital nutrients and risk for other diseases.
•Reduce your sugar intake! A diet with lots of sugar can have too many calories and too few nutrients. It can also contribute to tooth decay.
•Reduce how much salt and sodium you eat to help reduce your risk of high blood pressure.
•Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation as they have empty calories and little to no nutrients. Drinking alcohol can also cause many health problems and accidents

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