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Nutrition Deficiencies

Sunday, 25 November 2007
 

We all know that a healthy diet is good for us, but what deficiencies or poor diets lead to what conditions? This article is aimed at giving you some healthy diet tips to avoid certain medical conditions.

The old adage of trying to have plenty of fruit and vegetables, is extremely important for a healthy diet. They provide a good source of vitamin A, C, beta carotene, fibre and plenty of other goodies. Studies have shown a healthy diet with plenty of these elements can reduce the risk of developing cancers of the stomach, colon rectum, lung, larynx and oesophagus. 

A healthy diet should include plenty of fibre to fight off coronary heart disease. In a healthy diet, with plenty of fibre, many of the bad lipids such as cholesterol are carried out into the stool. This lowers the concentration of lipids in the blood stream which in turn helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. 

Furthermore, a healthy diet should not be high in fat. These types of diets have been shown to increase the risk of breast, prostrate and colon cancers. Fat causes the body to secret more of certain hormones which create a favourable environment for certain cancers. The characteristics of a cell can change making them more vulnerable to agents that cause cancer. So, it is important to keep fats low for a healthy diet.

We don't often like to hear this, but a healthy diet should be low in alcohol as it has been shown to increase the risk of liver cancer. In particular when combined with smoking it has a pronounced effect on the increase of throat, esophagus, mouth and larynx cancer. 

Finally, a healthy diet requires plenty of calcium to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Our bones and teeth require calcium for healthy function and it also plays a vital role in muscle contraction, blood clotting and nerve condition.

Lets not live in denial about the importance of a healthy diet for longevity and quality of life.  You only need to take some simple steps to drastically improve your diet.  Start by making sure you always have 2 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables a day.  These small changes will make the world of difference!

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