I heard a great speech by Dr. Walter Willet while studying health and nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He discussed two very important epidemics plaguing our world– Coronary Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes. Here is something important he discussed that caught my attention:
How can you significantly lower your risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes?
1. Don’t smoke
2. Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 25.
3. Exercise moderately to vigorously for 30 minutes or more a day. Brisk walking is considered moderate exercise.
4. Stick to A Good Diet. Eat fiber and fish. Consume folate rich foods such as dark leafy greens, sunflower seeds, asparagus and beans. Stay away from trans fats and foods that have a high glycemic load like pasta, breads, sugary cereals and potatoes.
5. Drink at least 5 grams of alcohol per day; but drink in moderation. (Now that’s something to smile about) Bring me a glass of red wine please! (it’s full of antioxidants!)
Following these 5 rules will reduce your chance of coronary heart disease by 82% and Type 2 Diabetes by 92%!
Those are some odds I like! I hope you will think about taking these suggestions into consideration!
To your health!
Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)