Health Promotion. Part 5

33. If you have moderately high levels of cholesterol, use soft-tub margarine and oil instead of harder processed fats such as stick margarine and butter. Butter and such have more trans fatty acids, which raise cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.

34. The Department of Agriculture suggests that people who eat about 2,000 Calories daily should limit themselves to about 10 teaspoons of added sugars per day. Unfortunately, the average American currently consumes about 20 teaspoons of added sugars per day.

35. According to the National Institute of Health, more than 50 percent of Americans are currently overweight, the highest number ever. Cut back on snacking, as many health experts and nutritionists believe that that it is partly to blame.

36. Herbal products are regulated by the FDA, but not in the stringent way that prescription and non-prescription drugs are. Consult with your doctor before using herbs.

37. Medical professionals recommend eating well to give your body the energy it needs to fight off a cold. If you have a cold, eat citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables for vitamin C and other antioxidants, nuts and lean meats (such as chicken and turkey) to provide extra energy, and liquids to keep hydrated.

38. Fiber helps reduce the risk of contracting cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Americans, however, eat only 12 to 14 grams of fiber per day, about half the recommended amount. Increase your total fiber intake with soluble fiber in oats, psyllium (Metamucil), beans and lentils, and insoluble fiber in wheat bran, seeds, whole grains and the skins of vegetables and fruits.

39. Research shows that cranberry juice can help prevent urinary tract infections. Certain compounds (called condensed tannins) exist in cranberries and blueberries that help prevent infection-causing bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall.

40. Researchers recently found that non-smokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are 82 percent more likely to suffer a stroke. Previous studies have also shown that passive smoking increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack, lung and breast cancer, and breathing-related diseases.

41. Recent research has shown that adding peanuts, peanut butter or peanut oil to a diet low in saturated fat can lower total blood cholesterol levels and LDL (bad) cholesterol. The fat in peanuts is mostly monounsaturated, and peanuts are high in vitamin E, folic acid, thiamin, niacin, magnesium, zinc and protein.

42. Researchers have found that eating certain foods can leave individuals more satisfied and less likely to binge. A list of the top-10 most filling foods includes boiled potatoes, steamed fish, oatmeal, oranges, apples, whole-wheat pasta, grilled lean beef, baked beans, grapes and whole grain bread.

43. A recent study at Penn State’s College of Medicine found that a diet high in caffeine is not a risk factor for a diminished level of bone density and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Researchers found that even women who drank several cups of coffee a day had bones that were just as strong as those in women with a lower caffeine intake.

44. Experts attribute falls among people over age 50 to two primary factors. Older people are more likely to have health problems, including physical impairments, and be taking multiple medications that can impair balance, reaction time, strength and vision. Also, relatively few older people do exercises to help reduce age-related declines in muscle strength and balance.

45. To use a computer mouse safely, position the mouse next to the keyboard so that you don’t overextend your reach, grasp the mouse lightly and loosely, keeping your wrist straight, take your hand off the mouse while reading the screen, periodically relax your arms at your sides, and stand up and walk away from the computer to stretch and change posture as often as possible.

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