GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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3. Walking helps prevent osteoarthritis – Walking is a great form of weight-bearing exercise that helps prevent the bone-thinning condition osteoporosis, as well as osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease that causes swelling, stiffness and joint pain. According to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), people who participate in moderate aerobic activities such as walking have the healthiest knees because it can help maintain healthy cartilage.


4. Walking helps reduce your cancer risk – According to research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, women who walked at least seven hours a week were 14 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. A study conducted at UCSF and Harvard University found men who were treated for prostate cancer and who walked briskly at least three hours a week reduced their chances of a recurrence.


5. Walking helps reduce your risk of heart disease – According to the AHA, walking just 30 minutes daily can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. A long-term study in Stroke, a journal of the AHA, found women who walked at a brisk pace for exercise had a much lower chance of having a stroke compared

Walking is an ideal, simple and easy way to lose weight, get active and become healthier. People who completed 150 minutes of brisk walking a week – the amount recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) – lived 3.4 years longer than those who didn’t.


Here are five reasons walking is good for your health:


1. Walking helps you manage your weight – Walking can help you lose weight and fight obesity. Researchers at Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston followed over 34,000 normal-weight women for more than 13 years. According to their findings, the women who ate a standard diet and walked for an hour daily (or did some other similar activity or exercise) were able to successfully maintain their weight.


2. Walking helps reduce your blood pressure – Researchers from Arizona State University found walking 10 minutes daily is an effective way to lower your blood pressure. According to a study conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, moderate-intensity walking was just as effective as jogging at lowering the risk of high blood pressure. If you cannot walk for 30 minutes at a stretch, break your walk into several shorter workouts throughout the day. This is just as good as one long workout session, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

5 REASONS WALKING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

HARLEENA SINGH

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to those who didn’t walk. Brisk walking can help you burn 150 to 200 calories and gives a boost to your overall heart health.


Regular brisk walking can help you improve your mood, maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your balance and coordination and prevent conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.


Starting a walking program takes initiative, and you need to be committed to it. If you don’t like walking alone, take a friend along to make it enjoyable or join a walking group. Find specific time for walks and gradually increase your number of steps. If you like walking outdoors, plan different routes for variety and walk in safe, well-lit areas.