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There is no better
time to rejuvenate your health than the start of a new year. So don't
let your resolution to eat more nutritiously fall by the wayside. Just
a few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact
on your health— and can also prevent you from experiencing a variety
of health problems in the future— according to the American Chiropractic
"In my own practice, I urge my patients to stop smoking, eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and augment their balanced diet with appropriate nutritional supplements," explains Dr. Juanee Surprise.
Dr. Surprise and the ACA offer the following advice to help put your New Year's resolution into practice:
According to Dr. Surprise, "Younger people are starting to suffer from heart disease, not only because of our national diet of hamburgers and fries, but because of an epidemic of inactivity."
"We need to eliminate the traditional diet of coffee and doughnuts for breakfast; a hamburger for lunch—or no lunch; candy, cookies and soft drink for a snack; followed by a huge dinner with more protein than a person needs, few or no vegetables, and no water or fruit in the course of the day," explains Dr. Surprise. Keep the following dietary recommendations in mind as well:
For those who
are planning on going veggie in the New Year, research shows that a good
vegetarian diet as part of a comprehensive health program can help prevent
heart disease, cancer and other diseases. However, only consume moderate
amounts of fried foods, hydrogenated fats and commercial meat substitutes.
It's possible for a vegetarian to eat even more sugar and fat than a
meat-eater by overloading on junk food.
If you are considering a vegetarian diet, keep the following tips in mind:
Before eliminating animal products from the diet, it is important to get information about how to do it right. Children, pregnant and breast-feeding women, and people recovering from illness should consult their doctor (e.g. DC, MD, DO).
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, dietary supplements are not perfect substitutes for conventional or even fortified foods. Nor can a person sustain good health by just taking vitamin and mineral supplements. But when taken properly, nutritional supplements can play an important role in achieving maximum health. If you are considering nutritional supplements, keep these important tips in mind: