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Eat This, Not That to Manage Chronic Diseases

Eat This Not That

Eating a healthy diet helps you take charge of your health when you have a chronic condition. The food choices you make can have a huge effect on how you feel, for better or worse.

If you have...diabetes

Choose spinach and other dark green, leafy vegetables. They’re low in carbohydrates and calories an loaded with vitamins and minerals.Avoid eating too many potatoes and other starchy vegetables. They digest into glucose and make your blood sugar levels rise.

If you have...high blood pressure

Try halibut and tuna. These fish are rich in potassium, a mineral that helps manage blood pressure. Don’t eat bacon and other processed meats such as hot dogs or bratwurst, which are typically high in sodium. Having too much sodium in your body pulls water into your blood vessels.This in turn raises your blood pressure.

If you have...Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis

Eat more low-fiber fruit such as bananas. Don’t go for high-fiber foods such as broccoli and cauliflower, which may trigger symptoms. Spicy foods, sugary treats, greasy cuisine, and alcoholic or caffeinated beverages can also irritate the digestive tract.

If you have...asthma

Go for eggs, salmon, and orange juice for their high value of vitamin D which can help boost the immune system and reduce airway inflammation. Stay away from carbonated drinks, which cause gas or bloating.These may lead to chest tightness and could trigger a flare-up.


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