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7 Powerful Foods to Add to Your Diet

Posted on: May 14th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Find out about these "superfoods" and how they can help you look and feel healthier!

These “superfoods” can help you look and feel healthier!

 

While popping a multivitamin each day might be beneficial and worthwhile, it is a lot more fun to eat real food! You can get most, if not all, of your essential nutrients by selecting the right combination of foods. It is all about which ones you choose!

The list of “superfoods” is always growing, but we want to highlight a few different items that can boost your immunity, decrease inflammation, build muscle and fight off disease. Try to work the following foods into your diet:

Dried plums: Dried plums, also called prunes, are rich in copper and boron, both of which can help prevent osteoporosis. Try four or five a day to increase your bone strength and boost your energy.

Spinach: Usually known as a muscle building, spinach is also rich in vitamin K, making it a bone builder. Spinach is also high in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Blueberries: Blueberries are a small, but mighty, immunity booster. They can help prevent diseases from cancer to heart disease. Just one serving of blueberries contains more antioxidants than any other fruit.

Chocolate milk: Research shows that the calcium and vitamin D in chocolate milk helps preserve cartilage and joint health. Drinking one large glass after you work out will boost your muscle growth and speed up recovery.

Olive oil: Extra-virgin olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which can reduce inflammation in cells and joints.

Almonds: Another tasty inflammation fighter is almonds. This energy-rich snack helps lower bad cholesterol and can lower blood sugar in those with diabetes. Be sure to keep the skins on – they are full of antioxidants!

Pineapple: Pineapples have a mix of vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes that benefits the entire body. They can protect against colon cancer, arthritis and macular degeneration. Dish up half a cup, two or three times a week!

LA Medical recognizes that the fuel you give your body is important for keeping it healthy. You can find more information about nutrition and healthy living in our previous blog posts.

From Turkey to Pie: How to Manage Your Diabetes During the Holidays

Posted on: November 23rd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
The holiday season is a challenging time for those that require a special diet. But there are different tricks to enjoy the meal without harming yourself.

The holiday season is a challenging time for those that require a special diet. It is important to continue to monitor what you eat during heavy holiday meals to stay healthy and balanced.                                          

The holiday season is drawing near and we are getting excited! This time of year is full of fun activities and time with loved ones but it can also be a hard time to manage your health. Traditional dishes often times fall outside of healthy dietary guidelines, especially if you have diabetes. But you don’t have to give up all of your holiday favorites completely. It is however important to make healthy choices and limit portion sizes. Follow these tips at your next holiday gathering.

  • Look out for heavy holiday favorites like hams with glaze or side dishes swimming in butter, cheese and sour cream. Choose skinless turkey without the gravy or other lean meats instead.
  • Look out for salt. Many holiday favorites are prepared with foods rich in sodium. Choose vegetables instead to keep your sodium intake down.
  • If you’re at a buffet, fill your plate and move to another room away from the food so you won’t be tempted.
  • Keep an eye out for side dishes and vegetables that are light on butter and dressings. If you are preparing a dish to bring to a party, make sure you fix something that is healthy and fits into your diet.
  • Skip the desserts like pie and cake that are high in fat, cholesterol and sugar. Choose some fruit instead!
  • Focus on friends and family instead of food. Take a walk together after your meal or join in on some dancing.

Preparation is the most important way to manage your diabetes during the holiday festivities. Stick to a healthy meal plan but allow yourself to enjoy a few traditional favorites. Get ready to celebrate the holidays by stocking up on supplies from LA Medical.  We have a selection of mobility and daily living products to keep you comfortable!