Make sure your diet includes whole foods high in potassium—a mineral so vital that it contributes to the health of our cardiovascular system, our muscles, and our bones.
The primary functions of potassium include the regulation of fluid balance and control of electrical activity of the heart and other muscles. High
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
Sunscreens, sunglasses, and sun-protective clothes are not the only ways to protect your skin against the sun’s rays. Certain foods contain properties that protect against the damage caused by ultraviolet-A (UVA) radiation. Among the substances that fall into that category are antioxidant vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Nutrition experts stress the importance of overall “diet quality” as opposed to demonizing and avoiding particular foods or even entire food groups. “Quality” means that what you eat provides the energy and essential nutrients you need for an active, healthy life. All sources of protein, for example, are not created
What foods are the best sources of calcium?
Foods with the highest calcium content include milk, yogurt, and cheese. One cup (8 ounces) of milk contains about 300 milligrams (mg) of calcium, 6 ounces of plain yogurt provides 338 mg, one cup of cottage cheese provides about 250 mg, and 1
Your body requires many nutrients to function optimally, and two very important ones are vitamins B12 and D. As you get older, it becomes more likely that you’ll be deficient in one or both of these vitamins. Let’s take a look at the functions of these vitamins, why deficiencies may
The market for plant-based alternatives to dairy products continues to grow, as lactose intolerance, dairy allergy, veganism, environmental concerns, and other factors lead Americans to look for alternatives to dairy. So where do these beverages fit into a healthy dietary pattern?
How They are Made: To understand the nutrient profiles of
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) is a chronic pain condition that causes aches and discomfort throughout the body. It also causes fatigue, sleep disruption, and damage to mood and memory. While there are a slew of treatment options for this condition ranging from infrared saunas to medications to supplements, new research shows
Now that you understand the dietary strategies that support cardiovascular and cognitive health, you can put these principles to work with the help of our 10-Day Heart-Brain Diet menus and recipes.
Using the Menus
Use the sample menus in this chapter and the recipes that follow as a general guide for foods