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Fish for Better Health in Your Diet

By Tom Herrin

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to improve a diet.  A little study into what individual needs are for anyone can help to broaden the perspective.  Balance is always important.  It is easy to evaluate a diet and decide about what may be missing and what may be there in excess.  One of the simplest ways to improve a diet is to add something.  One of the best things to add is fish.  It is a food that has a pretty good history.  For many years, some cultures have existed on fish, and they often have experienced some good health as a result.  It is widely believed that fish can do some really good things for health.

It Has Lots of Nutrients

There are not too many foods that can compare to fish in total nutrient content.  It has iodine, minerals, and vitamins.  It is also generally high in protein.  The fatty fish has omega-3 fatty acids.  These are considered to be the most beneficial kind.  These include salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout, and sardines.  Eating these with some regularity may boost any diet.

It May Help Grey Matter

The brain functions like no other organ.  Grey matter is responsible for memory, processing information, and emotions.  People who suffer from diseases such as Alzheimer's have a loss of grey matter.  Studies have shown that people who eat fish every week have more grey matter in some centers in the brain.  They also have been known to have slower decline in mental functions.  Eating fish regularly may well be a key element in avoiding many of the problems that so many people have as they age.

It May Cut the Risk of Autoimmune Problems

In recent years, autoimmune disease seem to have gotten more attention.  These are characterized by the immune system attacking healthy cells.  Eating fish more often has been observed to help reduce the risks of autoimmune disease in adults and some type 1 diabetes in children.  I try to make a point to eat fish frequently.  I keep sardines around to eat as a snack with some crackers.  My family always enjoys tuna sandwiches or salmon.  These are inexpensive and easy to prepare.  Many times, we eat them right out a can.  If you want to make some small changes in your diet that may carry over to better health, try adding a little fish.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sparks, Nev.

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