Diet

Surviving past your 60s and 70s largely depends on your diet. So take action!

Salt

Salt

Salt is a widely occurring mineral, and a natural part of our diet. However, many people nowadays consume far too much of it, and this leads to a range of risks for older people. The British Heart Foundation says that “Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure, and having high blood pressure increases …

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Soy

Since I went vegan (more or less) over a year ago, my consumption of soy (or soya) beans in their various forms has skyrocketed from rarely eaten to a major part of my diet. I’m happy with that, as everything I’ve read about soy indicates that it’s one of nature’s superfoods. A Harvard University article …

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Sauerkraut

Cruciferous

We’ve all heard that cruciferous vegetables (eg. Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Collard Greens, Arugula) are good for us, but what do the experts say? In “How Not to Die” Dr Michael Greger includes a serving of Cruciferous vegetable as part of his “Daily Dozen” diet plan for a longer healthy life. His rationale …

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Blue Zone

Blue Zones

According to Wikipedia: Blue Zones are regions of the world where it’s claimed that people live much longer than average. The term was coined by Dan Buettner, and first appeared in a 2005 National Geographic magazine story, “The Secrets of a Long Life”. Five regions have been identified as “Blue Zones”: • Sardinia, Italy: where …

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Cancer

Cancer is an uncontrolled multiplying of cells that have in some way become corrupted. Some cancers are very slow growing, giving more time for treatments and being less likely to be immediately life-threatening. Others are fast growing, and with a tendency to spread (metastasis) to other parts of the body. In all cases, the sooner …

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Shiraz Cabernet

Alcohol

The general health viewpoint is that alcohol should be consumed in moderation or not at all. But then we hear that red wine might be good for you. So, where does the truth lie? The Recommendations Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that if alcohol is consumed, it should be …

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Blood Pressure

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says: High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans. In 2017, nearly half a million deaths in the United States included hypertension (high blood pressure) as a primary or contributing cause. According to the UK National …

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Sandwich

Sandwich

For most of my working life I had a sandwich for lunch. Ham, beef, chicken, turkey, tuna, cheese, cream cheese, peanut butter, tomatoes, eggs, banana, … and many combinations of these. When I retired, it was a habit I continued, having more or less the same fillings. But when I went vegan at the start …

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Milk

Dairy

As part of my going more or less vegan over a year ago, I’m not now generally consuming milk or dairy products. I’m not obsessive, so don’t get worried if I see that a prepared food contains a tiny proportion of butter or other dairy product. But I don’t use liquid milk, and I don’t …

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