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Sitting about doing nothing, or consuming poor quality, highly processed, refined food or fizzy drinks has always been discouraged by all health promoting literature, whether commercial or through the health service or local authority.
The 'balanced' diet is a mixed diet, containing a good mix of different foods that should provide a different range of nutrients to nourish the body, including at least five portions (ideally 7 to 9 portions) of fruit and vegetables a day.
The diet should include a moderate amount of meat, and a portion or two of oily fish a week; lots of fresh fruit especially apples for the fibre and berries for the anthocyanins (antioxidant compounds found in the colours of berries) green leafy and cruciferous vegetables (spinach and broccoli); nuts (of different types), seeds (particularly pumpkin and sunflower) and whole, unprocesses foods.
As we now know, food is best if locally grown (to reduce food miles)and organically produced (to reduce the presence of pesticides and fungicides in food).
The benefits of the '5 portions a day' of fresh fruit and vegetables are to be found in the naturally occuring nutrients such as bioflavonoids, carotenoids, chlorophyll and polyphenols. All these particular phytonutrients are the substances that give plants their distinctive colours together with antioxidant and anti-flammatory properties.
Carotenoids in particular help protect plant cells from the damaging effects of the sun's UV rays. In humans, carotenoids help 'mop up' or neutralise free radicals and reduce the skin's sensitivity to light. Exposure to the sun's UV rays initiate free radical production which may contribute to the development of skin damage like wrinkles, premature ageing, sunburn or other skin problems.
EXERCISE is vital for the circulation of lymph. The movement of muscles encourages the flow of lymph through the system. Lymph relies on physical movement of muscles from exercise, skin-brushing, or massage to aid the lymph to drain from the lymph glands/nodes.
EXERCISE also benefits the circulation, digestion, lungs (and facial muscles by smiling at people as one walks by). Just 40 minutes exercise a day could take the form of walking to the next bus stop before having the ride, or getting off the bus a stop earlier; a walk (with or without a dog; taking recycling to the recycling bank/or a bag to the charity shop.
The part we all love most! Relaxation cannot be enjoyed to the full if we are unhealthy. Whether we collect stamps or train numbers, skateboards or climb mountains for relaxation - good health is the key.
"All work and no play made Jack a dull boy" - the old adage still rings true today. Many people work hard to buy lots of gadgets and toys and then don't have enough time to play with them. As with diet, a good mix is needed especially between work and play.
There is a connection between Oral health and Heart health. Studies carried out with various groups of people, including single sex studies reveal tha over the last few decades, oral diseases including periodontitis have been discussed as a possible risk factor for cariovascular disease. The reason is related to bacterial infection in and around the gums causing poor health in teeth, which then have to be extracted. Studies show that those with SHD (coronary heart disease) have poorer oral health that those with no history of CHD.
The message is ...Please moderate daily alcohol intake and reduce the number of cigarettes smoked each day. It takes years for the body to recover from the damaging effects of both these habits. As smoking and alcohol damage decrease in the body, the benefits to circulation and health increase.