HELP YOUR CHILDREN GROW AND LEARN

A healthy, nutritious diet helps children grow and learn. It also helps prevent weight-related diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. Children need different amounts of specific nutrients at different ages. They need to eat three meals daily and have healthy snacks in between. The more active your child is, the more calories he or she needs. Here are some ways to encourage your child to follow a nutritious diet:

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SODIUM AND YOUR HEALTH

Sodium is an essential mineral for life. It is regulated in the body by the kidneys. It helps control the body’s fluid balance, affects muscle function and helps send nerve impulses. An Australian study showed the brain responds to sodium in the same way it responds to substances such as cocaine and heroin, which may explain why we tend to overindulge in high-sodium foods.

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HEALTHY EATING TIPS

A balanced healthy diet should contain a variety of nutritious foods and sufficient vitamins and minerals. Such a diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight and reduce your risk of many diet-related problems, such type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. It’s recommended men have around 2,500 calories a day and women 2,000 calories a day. Studies indicate eating a typical Western diet filled with packaged meals, takeout foods, processed meats and sugary snacks may lead to stress, high rates of depression....

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at fighting inflammation. They can be purchased fresh, dried, frozen or canned. However, be sure to check the labels because many canned and dried fruits contain added sugar.


6. Oranges


If you eat just one orange a day, you will get all the vitamin C you need. This low-GI fruit also contains folate and potassium, which may help normalize blood pressure. Another great citrus fruit choice is grapefruit.


7. Guavas


These are considered a super-food. They are high in vitamins A and C and contain high amounts of dietary fiber, which is good for constipation.


Other fruits to try include jackfruit, papaya, watermelon, kiwi, pomegranate, pineapple and apples.

According to guidelines put in place by nutritionists and medical institutions, everyone needs to eat at least four to five servings of fruit daily. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says fruits are loaded with fiber, minerals and vitamins and should be part of a diabetes-friendly diet. If you have diabetes, you need to keep an eye on portion sizes and avoid fruits canned in syrups or any other type of added sugar.


The following fruits are recommended for people with diabetes:


1. Berries


According to the ADA, blueberries, strawberries and other types of berries are packed with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins; they are low-glycemic index (low-GI) fruits. You can try eating berries in a parfait, alternating layers of fruit with plain non-fat yogurt, which makes a great breakfast or dessert.


2. Pears


They are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin K. They make a wise addition to your diabetes meal plan. Store pears till they are ripe and ready to be eaten. Slice a pear and toss it into your next spinach salad.

7 GOOD FRUITS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES

3. Apricots


This summer fruit is a wonderful part of a diabetes meal plan and a good source of fiber. Four fresh apricots equal one serving and provide more than 50 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement. Try mixing diced fresh apricots into hot or cold cereal or add some to a salad.


4. Peaches


This fruit contains vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium. They are delicious on their own or used in iced tea for a fruity twist. For a quick snack, whip up a smoothie by pureeing sliced peaches with low-fat buttermilk, crushed ice and a pinch of ginger or cinnamon.


5. Cherries


These, too, are low-GI, especially tart cherries, which are packed with antioxidants that may help fight cancer, heart disease and other diseases. Cherries are good

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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