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Health is wealth – eating habits toward a longer life

October 23, 2019

It has been said over and over that health is wealth.

For most people, however, leading a healthier lifestyle can be a challenge, especially when it comes to dieting and more so developing healthy eating habits.

Studies show that Filipinos fail to take the right amount of nutrients, leading to a greater risk of acquiring chronic diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular illnesses like heart attacks and stroke, breast and colon cancer, diabetes, obesity and oral health problems.

Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) data revealed that obesity and overweight cases have increased in recent years. Among adults, the prevalence has almost doubled from 16.6 percent in 1993 to 31.1 percent in 2013.

Among preschool children, the prevalence gradually increased to 4.9 percent in 2013 from below two percent from 1989 to 1998. In a similar case, the prevalence of obesity among 10 to 19 years old has increased to 8.3 percent in 2003 from 5.8 in 2003.

Fruits are a great and delicious source of antioxidants. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The consumption of fruits and vegetables has also declined, with an increased intake of meat, eggs and dairy, which is one of the top 10 selected indicators for mortality according to the World Health Organization.

To better guide Filipino families in developing healthy food choices, Santé, a provider of premier organic health and wellness products and services, listed down some habits in choosing foods that will benefit health and well-being with the prime goal of helping people live more so they can do more.

Consume more fruits and vegetables

Most children and even the older ones complain about consuming green, leafy vegetables, as well as fruits. But these foods are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. They are also naturally low in fat and provide variety to the meal palette.

While some may not enjoy their taste, they provide vital nutrients to the body. Leafy, yellow, orange, red, and green vegetables can spike nutrition intake and provide balance to body systems, so it is never too late to include these in the meals. Broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, and other leafy veggies can also make health go on a positive turnout.

Cut back on sweets and treats

These foods are mostly in the form of pleasure foods one is fond of eating, such as cakes, cookies, candies and ice cream, among others. They can also be attributed to fatty and oily foods, such as ribs, bacon and hotdogs.

While it’s enjoyable to eat these treats, they are usually loaded with oil, fat and sodium. They are also packed with preservatives, which reduces the chance for the body to absorb the nutrients needed.

Take these foods in moderation or better yet, consume them sparingly or occasionally, so as not to indulge in the process and prevent further health risks.

Take more organic products

How food is grown or raised can have a major impact not just on mental and emotional health, but also to the environment. Organic foods have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants than their conventionally-grown counterparts. Those who have allergies to foods, chemicals and preservatives, consuming organic foods may also help in lessening its symptoms or even going away with them.

Organic vitamins and food supplements can also be an excellent choice for ensuring a healthier lifestyle. For instance, Santé’s products are made, specifically, with organic pure barley from farms, as certified by BioGro, New Zealand’s leading organic certification agency.

Santé offers products that improve the quality of life of people around the world. The company has been providing premier organic health and wellness products and services with Santé Barley at its core. Barley grass is an effective antioxidant, rich with vitamins and minerals that not only detoxifies the body but also, aids in digestive health.

By incorporating healthy food choices to our households, there are more chances of adopting a healthier lifestyle that can benefit your family and loved ones on a long term basis. Not only it will create a ripple of consciousness, but it will also allow them to be active to live more and do more.

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