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Healthier Meals May Be Right Outside

By Tom Herrin

Some people spend a lot of time and effort trying to do something to make their diet healthier while others don't have to put that much into it.  It may come natural.  Of course, it may depend on what kind of meals people eat and why.  One of the easiest ways to improve the health of a diet may be to add more fish.  Fortunately for those who live by the coast, that fish is available fresh and in good supply.  While some people likely take for granted their proximity to the gulf waters, others would gladly trade for the opportunity to have that fresh supply of healthy foods.

It May Have Nutrients Critical for Development

Some of those elements found in omega-3 fatty acids can play a big part in successful growth of children.  They can make a major contribution to development of the brain and eyes.  Many think it is a good practice for expectant mothers.  The recommendation is for them to eat it but not more than 12 ounces per week.  While it can be good for them, the downside is the risk of mercury.  Avoiding eating too much and eating those from the lower part of the food chain can limit the chance of mercury contamination.

It Can Be a Great Source of Vitamin D

Deficiency of Vitamin D is far more common than most realize, as it is believed that it may include more than 40 percent of the population.  Fish is high in Vitamin D.  It is one of the few foods that can supply that.  Particularly for those who don't get much sunshine, adding fish to a diet can be a good way to insure they get enough of this important vitamin.

It Can Be Good to Eat

At our home, we enjoy eating fish.  It can be prepared lots of different ways.  It can have a variety of flavors.  It does not all have to taste fishy, as many think.  When time is short, we enjoy opening a can of tuna or salmon.  We eat those with crackers.  We also enjoy eating fish baked, broiled, or grilled.  There are all kinds of sides that can be included.  When you consider the fact that fish can do so many things to benefit health, it is hard to pass up an opportunity to include it in the diet.  I try to have it at least once per week.  If nothing else, I may pop open a can of sardines and dig in.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Corpus Christi, Tex.

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