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Five Conditions You Can Improve With Your Diet

You probably already know how important it is to maintain a healthy diet, but you may be finding that doing so is easier said than done.

If you suffer from a number of medical conditions, however, tweaks to your diet could well be the thing you need to do to alleviate your symptoms—or even get rid of them for good.

In this blog post, we cover five conditions that can be improved with dietary changes. Read on…

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body has difficulties metabolising glucose, a simple sugar that serves as an essential energy source. Those suffering from this type of diabetes can experience elevated blood sugar levels, which can bring about a host of complications, such as kidney and eye damage.

To help keep your blood sugar levels low, aim to eat complex carbohydrates, such as whole wheat, oats, brown rice, quinoa, lentils, vegetables, fruits, and beans. Avoid simple carbohydrates, which can be found in the processed foods you can’t live without - such as granulated sugar, pasta, white bread, flour, cookies, cakes, pastries, and most other sweets.

Protein can also fill you up, maintain a normal blood sugar level in your bloodstream, and provide constant energy without spiking your blood sugar. You can find it in beans, eggs, legumes, lean meats, dairy, and tofu.

Gout

When uric acid builds up in your bloodstream, you can develop a type of inflammatory arthritis that’s accompanied with sudden and severe pain, tenderness, and swelling, usually around your feet. This is known as gout.

Gout tends to be episodic, which means you can get a feel for what triggers your attacks. Foods rich in purine, which is broken down into uric acid, should be eaten in moderation as they can cause gout. Purine-filled foods include organs and glandular meat, such as liver and tongue; some seafood, including scallops, salmon, anchovies, shellfish, and cod; and meats like pork, bacon, duck, mutton, veal, and venison.

Drinking alcohol can also force your kidneys to work on getting rid of the alcohol instead of the uric acid, causing build-up and pain. Sugary drinks can spike your blood sugar, which can lead to uric acid collecting in your body.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) refers to a diverse range of bowel-centric symptoms that include cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and constipation.

Because this condition is centred around your digestive system, changing your diet can help improve your symptoms. If your problem is constipation, eat more fibre to add bulk to your stool, and lean toward soluble fibre if you’re finding that increased fibre intake is leading to bloating. Find soluble fibre naturally in fruits and vegetables.

If you experience gas and diarrhoea, aim for a low-fibre diet. This doesn’t mean complete elimination, however. Eliminating gluten from your diet can also help your IBS symptoms.

Iron-Deficiency Anaemia

Iron-deficiency anaemia, as the name suggests, occurs when your body lacks the essential nutrient iron. Your body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells as a result.

As you can imagine, you need to eat more foods rich in iron to help your body regenerate enough healthy red blood cells to keep things running smoothly. Dark, leafy grains; meat and poultry; liver; seafood; and nuts and seeds are great, natural sources of iron.

Upping your Vitamin C intake can also make it easier for your body to absorb the iron. Vitamin C is found naturally in oranges, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, and winter squash.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be caused by a number of factors, but fortunately, adopting new food habits could help reverse the effects and even lower your blood pressure. Take up a low sodium diet. Increased salt intake has been found to increase blood pressure and aggravate symptoms associated with hypertension. Avoid canned foods, fast foods, deli meats, and processed foods, as they can have a lot more salt than you would expect.

Fibre, magnesium, and potassium can all help control blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables like apples, apricots, bananas, broccoli, and carrots are rich in these nutrients. Avoid fruit juices, as the fibre is removed.

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Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

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