Healthy Diet – Part 3

Gesund durch Ernährung

We take a lot of medications and are still sick.  The Nutritional Docs Anne Fleck, Matthias Riedl and Jörn Klasen say diet can be a chance to become and stay healthy. Food = medicine.  The third part of an interesting TV documentary in German TV showed three more examples. So here’s a brief summary.

  • Extreme obesity
  • Migraine
  • Rheumatism

The NDR homepage http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/die-ernaehrungsdocs/index.html  provides plenty of easily understandable background information, videos, tips and recipes – unfortunately only in German.

Extreme obesity

Lack of exercise, poor diet, psychological problems, hormonal imbalances or genetic factors – the number of overweight people is more and more increasing in industrialized nations.  A Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30 is considered to be overweight.  Exception:  People who have a lot of muscle mass. Obesity is a major risk factor for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, joint disease and even cancer. For people with extreme obesity often only remains sleeve gastrectomy.  But this should be the last resort.  There need to be other possibilities.  For example a formula diet described by the doctor. This diet is low in carbohydrates and high in protein to prevent muscle breakdown.

Therapy:

  • Proper diet: vegetables, legumes, low-carb, lean meats and fish
  • high protein diet
  • Exercise!

Additional Information:

 

Migraine

Raging, throbbing, stabbing headaches that occur in attacks often accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light and noise – this is migraine.  Triggers for migraines are often stress, weather, hormonal disorders, and even certain foods, such as sugar, flavour enhancers, preservatives.  It is important to have a regular schedule of meals.

Therapy:

  • Diet
  • Lifestyle change
  • Endurance sports!
  • muscle relaxation
  • acupuncture

Additional Information:

 

Rheumatism

Joint pain, morning stiffness, muscle tearing are part of everyday life:  rheumatism is a widespread disease. About 400 different diseases are summarized under the term rheumatism: these include gout, lupus, and most commonly rheumatoid arthritis.  The causes are still not fully resolved; but it is ensured that it is an autoimmune disease.

Therapy:

  • Special anti-inflammatory diet
  • little meat
  • Omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish
  • linseed oil
  • Green smoothies with green leafy vegetables
  • Exercise,  physiotherapy

Additional Information:

 

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Healthy Diet – Part 2

Gemüsebratlinge

Swallowing many pills and being sick anyway, that’s not necessary. Take the chance to become and stay healthy by nutrition.  This is not a utopia.  The second part of an interesting TV documentary in German TV showed three more examples. So here’s a brief summary.

  • Fatty liver
  • Hypertension
  • Multiple sclerosis

The NDR homepage http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/die-ernaehrungsdocs/index.html  provides you with plenty of easily understandable background information, videos, tips and recipes – unfortunately only in German.

Healthy Diet – Part 1

 

Hypertension

Hypertension is a common disease in industrialized countries.  More than one in four adults in Germany has too high blood pressure, many without knowing it.  High blood pressure often causes hardly any discomfort, but is extremely dangerous: fat deposition in the arteries, thrombosis, myocardial infarction and stroke may result.  Often caused by overweight, lack of exercise, alcohol, smoking and poor diet, but also job-related or personal stress.  In addition, the reason for high blood pressure may be a genetic predisposition.  Also the hormones may adversely affect the blood pressure, eg. the “pill”, pregnancy or menopause.

Therapy:

  • Proper diet: vegetables, fruits, fish, little salt. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas.
  • Exercise!
  • Weight reduction
  • Little alcohol, no cigarettes
  • Stress reduction!

Additional Information:

 

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammation of the nervous system.  Women are affected more often than men with MS. Often the disease is diagnosed in young adulthood.  The development of MS is not yet established.  Possible causes include a genetic predisposition and certain environmental influences.  Also a possible vitamin D deficiency and childish overweight.  MS is not curable but can be treated.

Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard

Therapy:

  • Ketogenic diet:  vegetables, high-quality oils, nuts, seeds.  Daily rich sources of protein:  meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk fat, rich dairy products, omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Preferably no carbohydrates.
  • Physiotherapy, ergotherapy, speech therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Alternative methods:  acupuncture, homeopathy, anthroposophical curative methods

Additional Information:

 

 

Fatty liver

Fatty liver is a common disease.  Almost one in four adults is affected by this disease of civilization. Particularly strong overweight, diabetic, and many obese children suffer from it.  Causes are usually overweight, alcohol abuse, drugs. Due to lack of protein also lean people can be affected.  The risk of fatty liver increases during pregnancy.

Therapy:

  • Diet
  • No alcohol
  • Weight reduction
  • Possibly special protein drinks prescribed by a doctor
  • Exercise!

Additional Information:

 

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