Eating & Nutrition For Diseases

Eating & Nutrition For Diseases

Eating & Nutrition For Diseases
Foods that you consume can be beneficial or detrimental to your health, especially, if you are fighting cancer, living with diabetes or managing pain. Nutrition is essential to your health if you are undergoing cancer treatment. Animal fats, carbohydrates, sugar can all have an impact on pain, inflammation and diabetes.

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    The following are healthy dairy products for people with diabetes:
     
    • Choose lower-fat dairy products.
    • If you're using whole milk, try 2% milk for a few weeks. Then try switching to 1% milk. It usually takes about three weeks to adjust to the change.
    • Lower-fat cheeses work fine in most recipes, and they taste great on a sandwich, salad, or in a burrito.
    • Try low-fat frozen yogurt or light ice cream instead of full-fat ice cream.
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    Eating when you have diabetes can be tricky. Some people tie emotions to eating. You might eat because you are bored, angry, sad, lonely, frustrated or because you are celebrating, happy, joyful or just trying something new. On the other hand you may keep yourself from eating because you feel guilty eating or want to punish yourself. This could lead to a dangerous cycle of eating too much and then eating too little. Many people grow up tying emotions to food rather than eating as a way to maintain health. To change this, first you need to identify when you overeat or under eat because of your emotions. Then learn new ways of coping with those emotions.
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    While many raw foods, including raw vegetables and fruits have health benefits, and may support healthy cells and immune function, there is presently no evidence that a raw food diet reduces the risk for cancer. In fact, some of the phytochemicals in foods, like the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene, are better absorbed by the body if eaten cooked with a little healthy fat. A mostly plant-based diet is currently recommended for reducing the risk of cancer, but these foods do not need to be eaten in a raw state.
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    There are several things you should know about sugar substitutes if you have diabetes. While the calorie-free sweeteners, such as sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (Equal or NutraSweet), saccharin (Sweet 'N Low), Acesulfame K (Sunett or Sweet One), and stevia (TruVia and PureVia), don't raise blood sugar or contribute extra calories to your diet, they do have other issues, like safety. All the sweeteners mentioned above are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. government's agency that handles food safety issues (except stevia). But a major consumer watchdog organization, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), has given the nod only to sucralose (Splenda), saying the research isn't clear enough on the safety of the others at this point.

    Sugar substitutes are certainly marketed as weight-loss aids, but the research into their effectiveness is mixed. A few studies indicate that switching to diet drinks can help you drop some pounds. But still, diet soda drinkers are typically heavier than the general population. That could be because they were overweight to begin with and turned to diet sodas to help them shed pounds. Or, as some researchers have suggested, because they taste sweeter than sugar, artificial sweeteners train your taste buds to prefer very sweet foods. This, in turn, drives you to eat more sweets -- and calories. And of course, there's that little rationalization you may do with yourself: "Well, I saved calories on diet soda so I can have an extra slice of pizza."
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    Three nutrients are key to good functioning of the adrenal glands: Pantothenic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 or pyridoxine. Good sources of these nutrients include:
    • Meat, poultry, and fish
    • Beans
    • Whole grains
    • Potatoes
    • Tomatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, and red bell peppers
    • Oranges, grapefruit, kiwis, lemons, berries, and mangoes
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    Food safety is an important part of food preparation during cancer treatment. Many cancer therapies reduce your immune system, which puts you at an increased risk of infection. There are naturally occurring germs and bacteria on food that ordinarily don't both people, but can be deadly to someone with a weakened immune system.

    The most important thing is to cook food thoroughly. Be sure to keep food out of the temperature danger zone, or between 40-140 degrees F, where bacteria likes to grow. Basically, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold!  It is also to avoid undercooked meats as these may contain harmful germs. And remember to refrigerate leftover food as soon as possible. If a food has been at room temperature for more than 2 hours, throw it out. 

    For more information, visit www.fightbac.org.
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    If you have diabetes, some healthy protein options for you are:
    • Chicken
    • Turkey
    • Omega fat rich fish such as salmon and tuna
    • Tofu
    • Dried beans
    • Non-fat Greek yogurt
    • Natural nut butters
    • Seeds
    • Low fat cheese
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    Most cancer is caused by damage to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) induced by environmental toxins. A study conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that eating a teaspoon of fresh garlic and a half cup of onions per day increases the levels of a key enzyme for removing toxins in the blood cells of healthy women. The authors of this study believed that men would require a higher dose on average for the same effect, because of their larger body size.

    Another study, conducted in Scotland, found that eating sauteed onions increases the resistance of the blood cells to DNA damage.
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    Non-heme iron comes from plants and can be found in lots of basic foods. Vegetables and iron fortified foods like breakfast cereals are great sources. The list below reflects the best sources (or bang for your buck) of non-heme iron per kcalorie. I love to personally eat Malt 'O Meal or Hodgson Mill's Hot Cereals to get ironed up!

    • Spinach (1 c cooked)
    • Parsley (1 c chopped, fresh)
    • Beet Greens (1 c cooked)
    • Wheat germ (1/4 c)
    • Bok Choy (1 c cooked)
    • Oatmeal (1 c cooked)
    • Wheat bran (1/4 c)
    • Brewer's Yeast (1 tbs)
    • Whole wheat bread (1 slice)
    • Seaweed (kelp) (1 oz. raw)

     

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