Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fight flu with food

Health departments around the country are reporting a shortage on the H1N1 vaccine and are recommending the elderly, children under 18 and pregnant women have first access to the vaccine.

This means women between the ages of 40 and 65 will be among the last to receive the vaccine, so it might be smart to look at alternative methods to fight the flu this season.

Medical experts at The Cleveland Clinic say strengthening your immune system can help fight off illness including the flu, whether you are exposed to the H1N1 strain or the regular seasonal flu.

Some ways to boost your immune system include exercising, getting plenty of sleep and eating a diet rich in antioxidants and nutrients.

Nutritionists at the clinic suggest starting off slowly and striving to make healthier choices continuously. Some suggestions for incremental improvements include replacing red meats with healthier seafood options, using only olive oil in cooking and eating more fruits and vegetables.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Diet Right

As women age and their metabolism slows many seek to maintain a healthy weight with the latest fad diet, but experts warn not all diets are created equally.

Some of the most popular diets disregard proper nutrition guidelines, and some are just difficult to follow.

"Diets are just that,” said Stella Volpe, a registered dietitian and research associate with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, “They are fads that people typically can't stick with.”

Although studies show maintaining a healthy weight can decrease incidents of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 67% of adults in the United States are overweight.

In an attempt to make sense of the many diet options available, dieticians and weight loss experts weigh in on the 10 most popular diets to see how they stack up practically and nutritionally.

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