Diet Concepts for Healthy life

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJAR.2014.04.02.Art025

Authors : Anitha Bobba


In the current world, in this 21st century being healthy is very important and is linked to the food we eat. Having nutritious diet helps to maintain healthy Body Mass Index and also helps to reduce the risk of having diseases like cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, arthritis and stroke. In the present situation it is a challenge to nurses working with patients on improving both their nutrition and overall health depending on the diseases. Medical Nutrition Therapy gives us an idea about Causes of the disease and the Diet to be followed for each individual disease (Roth. R. A, 2016). Here are 10 diet concepts for maintaining overall quality of health with respect to that disease. In this article diet concepts for Weight Control, Diabetes, Cardio vascular disease, Renal Disease, Gastro intestinal, Cancer, Blood Pressure, Arthritis, Asthma and Fever have been discussed.

If we change our life style and have healthy eating habits we can avoid being excess weight or obese. Diet for weight control should not focus on weight loss rather follow healthy diet plan. Most of the diseases controlled by Replacing saturated and trans fats with unsaturated fats include omega-3 fatty acids; Increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables and adequate folic acid intake; Consuming high fiber diet such as whole-grain; Limiting consumption of sugar and sugar based products and sodium intake. Even though genetics play important role, a diet plan (vegan diet) which is high in fiber and low in fat with minimum amount of saturated food is recommended for Diabetes disease. By avoiding fatty and fried food and having high fiber diet which is rich in raw fruits and vegetables is recommended for Heart diseases.

Once we realize the connection between good health and wholesome balanced diet, then our food will become our medicine for maintaining good health. The health conditions such as making right food choices and leading healthy lifestyle helps to prevent, treat and cure of the diseases.


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