For Smarter Nutrition (04)
Do you want to start eating healthy? This website, which is sponsored by the USDA, will make a very good resource for healthful eating and physical activity. It is a vast and comprehensive well of information that includes nutrients found in food, dietary supplements, shopping for food, meal planning and preparation, weight management, nutrition for various life stages from infancy to old age, nutrition and health issues, weight management, and even food assistance programs. Some of the website’s highlights include safety tips, a digital collection of historical dietary guides, USDA databases on food composition, seasonal produce guides, and food facts for consumers.
The Importance of Calcium and Vitamin D in Daily Nutrition
You’ve probably been encouraged to get enough calcium; as a child mostly by drinking milk. And as an adult, more calcium is needed to ensure that your bones stay healthy and strong. This article on the Palo Alto Medical Foundation website explains food sources of calcium, daily Vitamin D requirements and how much calcium humans need from birth to their senior years. It also discusses the importance of exercise and bone health, and covers calcium supplements. There are many ways to get enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt, and vegetables like kale, broccoli and Chinese cabbage have plenty of calcium. And good food sources for vitamin D include salmon, tuna and mackerel, and in lesser amounts, in cheese, egg yolks and beef liver.
Kidney Health and Kidney Disease Basics
If you’re interested in learning about kidneys and possible disorders involving the kidneys, you can turn to this page on Healthline for information. It talks about the types and causes of kidney disease, the most common of which is chronic kidness disease, a long-term condition that doesn't improve over time. Also covered are kidney stones, glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease and urinary tract infections. The article discusses symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment. There's also discussion on prevention, which includes controlling blood sugar and blood pressure, reducing salt intake, and to quit smoking. You should also be careful with over-the-counter drugs, drink plenty of water, and limit certain foods.
Calcium Supplements: Can they Protect Against Colon Cancer?
This is a 1999 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine that talks about calcium supplements moderately reducing the risk of recurring polyp growth. It also says that calcium supplements seem to reduce the risk of colon cancer. To read more about this study, conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, read on. You may decide to continue or start a regimen of eating a calcium-rich diet, in addition to taking calcium supplements.
Health & Nutrition on Vegetarian Society Website
This site offers nutritional information sheets about calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, fat sand oils, minerals, protein, vitamins, fat and cholesterol, iron, cereals, cheese, nuts and seeds, soy nutrition, protein, omega 3 fats, vitamin B12, zinc and vegan nutrition. It also includes research on vegetarian vitality, infant nutrition, healthy eating for kids, antibiotic resistances, and other health and diet information. Also features information on allergies, gluten-free diets, diabetes, cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and kidney stones. Plenty of nutritional information here so you can make healthier eating choices.
SuperTracker: Interactive Food and Exercise Tracking Tools
Publisher by the United States Department of Agriculture, SuperTracker provides interative tools to help you get your personalized nutrition and physical activity plan, to track and foods and physical activities and see how they stack up, and to get tips and support so that you make healier choices as you plan head. Food-A-Pedia is a tool to look up nutrition info for 8,000 foods and make side-by-side comparisons. Food Tracker lets you track the food you eat and compare them to your nutritional targets. And My Weight Manager lets you enter your weight and track your progress over time. There are other tools as well, such as a physical activity tracker and and tool to use reports to track your goals and trends over time.