Most of us have heard of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals as core components of our diet. A lesser known category includes phytonutrients or phytochemicals. While not considered "essential nutrients," I consider them extremely powerful compounds for improving health.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cardiovascular disease outranks all forms of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and pneumonia in causing death. Fortunately, heart disease is largely preventable through lifestyle.
Did you know about 70 percent of your immune system resides in your gut? Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tract and help digest food, synthesize vitamins and support our immune systems. Eating more foods packed with probiotics during cold and flu season may lessen the impact of the common cold. According to a systematic review from the British Journal of Nutrition, certain probiotics strains, lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, were found to lessen the duration of respiratory infections in adults and children.
It's that time of year when you're looking to revamp your lifestyle, lose weight, get in shape and improve your health. But which diet do you select? How do you know which one will work for you?