In this age and time, girls face eating disorder triggered by psychological conditions is a commonplace. Our culture have become image-dominated. About 34% of girls see themselves as “fat” and so use unhealthy dieting to lose weight. Examples are extreme and faulty dieting and binge eating. These things affect most of the girls rather than boys.
Girls especially need to learn healthy eating. Healthy eating is a way of balancing (not ditching and bingeing) the food you eat to keep your body strong, energized, and well nourished.
Now let’s put your health consciousness a notch higher! It’s always good to know the basics:
Healthy eating is a great way to:
Have energy all day long
Get the vitamins and minerals your body needs
Stay strong for sports or other activities
Reach your maximum height (if you are still growing)
Maintain a healthy weight
Prevent unhealthy eating habits, like skipping meals and feeling overly hungry at the next meal
For girls, science shows that there are foods that could offer the extra edge. Here are some of them.
Ripe and juicy, heirloom and cherry tomatoes are an easy food to love. Boston researchers conclude lycopene or other phytochemicals eaten as oil-based tomato products may protect against cardiovascular disease.
Cooking tomatoes, and adding oil, makes lycopene and other antioxidants more readily available.
Flax has a plant based omega 3 fats, fiber, and disease-fighting compounds called lignans. A Mayo Clinic study finds 40 grams of crushed flaxseed can cut down on hot flashes, and several reports suggest flax can lower "bad" or LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed per day since whole seeds aren't readily digested.
Antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin protect the eye are present in Kale. It’s also rich in Vitamin K which lowers the risk of hip fracture. It also provides your daily dose of vitamin C and small amounts of calcium.
Tagged us one of the healthiest food in the world, salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium. It is a good source of niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus and vitamin B6. It is also a good source of choline, pantothenic acid, biotin and potassium. It also provides important amounts of the antioxidant amino acid taurine.
Two servings (about 4 ounces) of salmon, or other fatty fish, per week.
Women's urinary tract infections can helped be treated by cranberry juice because of the antioxidants called proanthocyanidins. These tannins prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the bladder where they can multiply and cause, or intensify, an infection.
Drink unsweetened 100% cranberry juice (60 calories per cup) to avoid excess sugar.
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