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Women’s Health Newsletter Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nutrition's Role in Your Every Day Health

Nutrition's Role in Disease Prevention

Evidence is mounting that a healthy diet can help protect you from some diseases. What you eat--or don't eat--may help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes. Here's how to use your diet to help reduce your risk of disease.

Eating the Right Foods for All-Day Energy

Having plenty of zip to meet the demands of your job and personal life starts with your diet. To maintain your energy level, your body breaks down the food you eat into glucose (a type of sugar)—the body's main fuel—and sends a steady stream of it to your cells.
But here's the trick: To feel good all day, your blood sugar needs to remain somewhat constant with minimal fluctuations. If your blood sugar drops too low, symptoms of hypoglycemia occur. Hypoglycemic symptoms may include: shakiness, nervousness, sweating, hunger, sleepiness, confusion, anxiety, dizziness, or weakness.
 If you eat the wrong kinds of foods, your blood glucose can spike and drop, eventually causing the same symptoms. With this in mind, here's how to eat for all-day energy and keep your blood glucose level stable.

Don't Miss Out on These 5 Nutrients

You've heard of vitamin C and calcium. But have you gotten the word on all the other nutrients you need for a healthy diet?
Chances are you're not getting enough of some important nutrients—like Iron, Vitamins D and K, Zinc, and Selenium. You should try to get them from food, but if you think you're falling short, ask your health care provider about supplements. 

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A healthy diet puts the focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products, plus lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, and eggs. Limit the amount of added sugar, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol on your menu. 

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