Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Guest Blogger, Melanie Bowen.

The New Year is only a few days away! Given any thought to your new year's resolutions? It serves as a starting point for our goals. Fixing or starting a better diet is a common resolution for many people. I know my strict and limited diet of staying gluten and dairy free has benefited me tremendously. Read the following about what Melanie Bowen, our guest writer, has to say about the importance of nutrition.

Treat Chronic Disease with Better Nutrition 
Millions of people suffer from a problematic chronic disease that robs them of energy, joy and health. Chronic disease range from heart diseases such as heart murmurs to cancers such as mesothelioma. Diabetes and ME are two other chronic diseases that can seriously affect your quality of life. Proper medical treatment and careful living is the only way to get live with these serious conditions. Having to rely on doctor's advice as well as a series of medicine can make a person feel out of control of their life. It can even make them depressed, which may lead to worsened conditions.

However, you can take control of your life back even if you are suffering from serious, chronic conditions—and even take steps to lead your prognosis down a different path. Living a more nutritional life, including eating more nutritional, fat free food is perhaps the simplest way for you to regain your life after a chronic disease strikes. The advantages to a nutritional life are obvious for any person but are even more useful for somebody who is suffering from a serious, chronic disease. Before making any dietary changes, discuss them with your doctor to make sure they are right for you.

Start by eliminating fat from your diet as much as possible. Don't eliminate all fat: it is an important source of energy for our bodies. Instead, eliminate red meat and other fat rich foods from your diet and focus on leaner replacements. Lean chicken, tuna and other types of fish and fowl are full of protein and relatively free of fat. Avoid centering your diet around these meats. Instead, make them more of an occasional boost to your diet.

The World Health Organization often publishes reports on the health of the world and the various ways it could be improved. In their report "Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases" they state that there are three questions to ask involving chronic disease and nutrition: "to what extent do risk factors continue to be important in the development of chronic diseases?"; "to what extent will modifying such risk factors make a difference to the emergence of disease?"; and "what is the role of risk factor reduction and modification in secondary prevention and the treatment of those with disease?"

They found that four of the most common risk factors for creating chronic disease and for increasing their severity were obesity, physical inactivity, cholesterol and high blood pressure. These four factors can be linked directly to a non-nutritional lifestyle. Eating more nutritionally will eliminate obesity, helping to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. It will also give you more natural energy to exercise, increasing your activity level and improving your health even further.

Clearly, better nutrition has been shown to be an effective, if non-complete way to treat chronic diseases. Never use nutrition as the only way to improve your chronic disease conditions. 

Melanie Bowen is an awareness advocate for natural health and holistic therapies for cancer patients. You will often find her highlighting the great benefits of different nutritional, emotional, and physical treatments on those with illness in her efforts to increase attentiveness and responsiveness on like topics.
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Thanks Melanie! Happy New Year!

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