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Health & Nutrition

Eating a vegetarian diet creates an excellent foundation for a healthy life. Here, you'll learn how to get best nutrition and good health from the food you eat.

flaxseeds

Q: Flax causes digestive problems for me. Can you recommend other good vegetarian dietary sources of omega-3's?

Thai with a Twist

According to thai philosophy, staying in sync with Mother Nature through the changing seasons is the key to healthful living. This involves cooking with seasonal ingredients, of course, but also eating to balance the four basic elements of life: earth, water, wind, and fire.

What if you woke up one morning and found that most of your favorite foods had to be eliminated from your diet for good?

That used to be the scenario for the 1 in 133 Americans with celiac disease—anything made with wheat, barley, rye, or malt became off-limits due to gluten content. That meant no bread, no granola bars, no pasta, no pizza. Not even beer or veggie burgers. Even more people deal with some level of gluten intolerance, sometimes called non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which includes a wide range of symptoms, from digestive upset to weakness and fatigue.

Soups Your Heart Will Love

Here's a simple prescription for a healthy heart: a bowl of steaming homemade soup. Vegetable soups are loaded with natural 'medicine,'—from fortifying vitamins and antioxidants to cholesterol-reducing soluble fiber. They're also low in saturated fat, sodium, and calories. When it comes to the satisfying recipes on the following pages, you'll love every bite.

rediscover root vegetables

With fall's harvest fading from memory and spring's bounty still waiting to show its colors, there's no better time to dig into the delicious possibilities root vegetables offer. Insulated from the elements and nurtured by the soil's nutrients, these underground wonders develop better flavor when it's chilly and damp out——the cool temperatures convert root vegetables' starches to sugar and make them sweeter.

Heart-Felt Meals

Here's a statistic that could make your heart skip a beat: the World Health Organization estimates that cardiovascular disease causes approximately 17.5 million deaths per year worldwide. That's the bad news. The good news is that simply exercising regularly, maintaining a healthful weight, and eating smart can prevent 80 percent of cardiovascular disease. "Whether or not you get heart disease is dramatically influenced by the food choices you make," says Ann G. Kulze, MD, author of Dr. Ann's 10 Step Diet.

Super Soups

Nearly every culture turns to soup to heal, nourish, and soothe. Whether you're battling a bad cold or the stomach flu, the food that can always comfort and nourish is soup. "Soups are warm and easy to take," says Andrew Weil, MD, director of the University of Arizona's Integrative Medicine Program. "They're an excellent way to get nutrients, and they provide good associations for people." Research confirms the health-giving properties of these home remedies and their active ingredients.

the ultimate anti-diabetes diet

One of America's most common killer diseases, type 2 diabetes, jeopardizes the health, quality of life, and longevity of nearly 24 million Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association, and that number continues to rise. New cases have doubled over the past 30 years, and because the disease occurs gradually and often with no obvious symptoms, many people don't even know they have it. People who are overweight are at higher risk because fat interferes with the body's ability to use insulin, the crux of the disease.

These treasured North American natives do more than add sweetness and dramatic color to recipes. They boast an antioxidant triple threat. Anthocyanins give the berries their vivid blue hue and seem to positively affect a variety of the body's functions, including vision, circulation, and brain activity. Pterostilbene helps keep cholesterol in check, and epicatechins, the curative substances also found in cranberries, promote urinary tract health.

tart cherries

Keeping inflammation at bay is what cherries do best. That's because they contain anthocyanins, antioxidants whose anti-inflammatory effects may help reduce pain. As a rule, the darker the cherry's color, the higher the anthocyanin content. Although both sweet and tart cherries contain anthocyanins, generally, tart cherries, such as Montmorencys, Morellos, and Early Richmonds, have been found to have higher concentrations than sweet cherries, such as Bing, Royal Ann, Rainier, Tartarian, and Lambert. Tart cherries are slightly lower in sugar too.

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