National Nutrition Month: Age-related macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis, heart health

By: Bel Marra Health | General Health | Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 05:30 AM

superfood-swapsMarch is National Nutrition Month, so to keep you informed about nutrition, we have compiled a list of our top articles discussing nutrition and related topics including age-related macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart health. Here you will learn about foods that will boost your immune system, help you lose weight, and even save money while doing it. Come and learn how various simple changes to your diet can have great effects on your health and overall well-being.

8 superfood swaps to eat healthy on a budget

It’s often assumed that eating healthy costs a lot of money, meaning if you can’t afford big-name superfoods, you end up buying cheaper fast food to satisfy your hunger. Unfortunately, as you know, not eating well can contribute to various health repercussions.

There are many “superfoods” out there that health experts have advocated for. But what exactly makes a food a superfood? Well, for starters, these foods are often packed with nutrients that work to promote good health. You receive an ample supply of vitamins and minerals known for supporting overall well-being. As mentioned, though, these foods often come with a hefty price tag, which can make healthy eating practices difficult to follow. Continue reading…

age-related-macular-degeneration-prevention-diet-nutrition-visionPrevent age-related macular degeneration naturally with diet and nutrition

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common occurrence for those over the age of 50, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to prevent it. In fact, your diet plays a large role in age-related macular degeneration progression and development, so eating the right foods can help you enjoy a clear view for many years to come.

Age-related macular degeneration is a condition that progresses with age. It begins to affect people over the age of 40 by hindering central vision, which is used for activities such as reading and driving. When central vision begins to deteriorate, completing daily tasks becomes quite difficult. Continue reading…

rheumatoid-arthritis-management-with-nutritionRheumatoid arthritis management with nutrition, Mediterranean, and anti-inflammatory diets

Rheumatoid arthritis management can be achieved through an anti-inflammatory diet and Mediterranean diet in order to reduce inflammation. Nutrition plays a vital role in all of our bodily functions and eating the right foods can mean the difference between good or poor health. Many foods are natural healers, so it should be of no surprise that food can play a role in managing rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Overall, rheumatoid arthritis patients are recommended to consume a healthy, balanced diet to maintain a healthy weight. Guidelines found in the Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, fourth edition, describe what kind of diet patients with rheumatoid arthritis should stick to. The recommendations suggest eating a variety of foods, balancing healthy eating habits with physical activity, consuming plenty of grains, fruits, and vegetables, sticking to a low-fat diet, which is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol, moderating sugar intake, and drinking alcohol in moderation. Continue reading…

nutrition for heart healthStop calorie counting, start promoting nutrition for heart health

A popular method for dieting is to count calories. Recommended daily calories for a sedentary senior male is around 2,000 and 1,600 for females. Of course, this would increase if a person is active. Counting calories seems like a universal way to lose or maintain weight, but it’s important to keep in mind every person is different – inside and out – so what may work for one person may not necessarily be effective for another.

Research is now suggesting that we move away from this popular diet trend and instead opt to promote the nutritional value of food. This way of eating has shown to be more effective in reducing illness and cutting down on obesity. Continue reading…

infusing-water-with-vegetablesNutritional Benefits of Infusing Water with Vegetables

Bottles that allow you to infuse water with fruit and vegetables are all the rage right now, and while nutritionists say there is nothing wrong with that, they do want consumers to understand the real value in drinking, paying for and creating your own infusion type drinks.

Infusion enthusiasts in the United Kingdom were recently introduced to a new twist on flavored water. A market called Whole Foods put three stalks of asparagus in large bottles of water and priced them at six dollars each. Store management quickly admitted it was a mistake and the asparagus water sparked new debate over the question: Are flavored waters really any better than regular water? Continue reading…


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