It is a fact that Americans are overfed, while being undernourished. Scores of fast food chains have made unhealthy eating habits a part of the American lifestyle. Such high cholesterol foods coupled with a sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity. With obesity come a lot of complications including heart diseases and blood pressure problems.
There is no doubt that a well-balanced diet consists of a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, a reduction in caffeine intake and saturated fats.
A chiropractor may recommend one of the following diets based on your body’s needs:
High Protein Diet
A high protein diet is recommended for those who aim to build muscles without accumulating too much fat. High protein foods include:
- Turkey breast
- Cheese (low fat varieties)
- Beef (low fat)
A heart healthy diet usually consists of a lot of vegetables and fruits along with large intakes of whole grains. It may also contain low-fat meats, including fish and poultry. Special emphasis should be given to fish as it is a very healthy source of protein, Omega 3 and little fat.
Following combination of fruits and vegetables are extremely nutritious and a healthy choice for heart-healthy dieters:
A vegetarian diet can be recommended for those who prefer to lead a meat-free lifestyle, for whatever the reason. Several types of diets are based on vegetarianism:
Lacto-Vegetarian: These diets include no meat of any kind or eggs. However they do include dairy products like butter, milk, cheese and yogurt.
Ovo -Vegetarian: This diet contains no red meat, seafood, poultry or even dairy products, however it does include eggs.
Vegan: The strictest of all, excludes all meats, fish, eggs and dairy products.
Flexitarian: As its name implies, this diet is flexible. It mainly consists of vegetables and fruits, with occasional consumption of meat, fish or poultry.
No matter which diet is recommended by a chiropractor or dietician, a balanced lifestyle that includes plenty of activities can go a long way in extending the life of a person.
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