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For A Healthy Change To Your Diet, Add A Salad

By Tom Herrin

It seems that everyone is looking for ways to improve their diets these days.  That is a good thing and probably due largely to the fact that most people are better educated than they once were.  There is more awareness about all the bad things that may be found that damage the heart and digestive system and add to problems such as diabetes.  The days when every meal needed to contain heavy meats are gone and have been replaced with a greater sense of developing menus that create healthier people all around.  Once thought to be a dull part of a meal you were required to eat, salads can actually add flavor and variety to ordinary meals.

Old Meets New

When people think of salads, many think about the things from their past experience such as lettuce and tomatoes.  If they were lucky, there might have been something else added.  Today’s salads have many more leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and other types of lettuce.  They may also contain broccoli, cucumbers, seeds, nuts, and almost every other thing  imaginable.  For protein, most contain lean meats, eggs, cheeses, etc.  All together, these make for a pretty good meal.

What Do The Contents Mean?

For starters, the leafy greens contain high amounts of fiber.  These can help with digestion, lower cholesterol, and keep people feeling full for a much longer period of time making salads ideal for weight loss.  The nutrients can help the eyes as well as help fight cancers.  Many of the fats and oils, whether they are from healthy dressings or plants containing good fats, can help with absorption of vitamins and other nutrients.  The high water content of many of the vegetables can keep the skin in much better shape for a healthier look.

Increased Get-Up-And-Go

Salads can actually be a high energy food, which is much different from the perception many people had in the past.  Lean meats for the protein can build strong muscles without adding fat, and it's great that there is not that heavy, bloated feeling that so often accompanied eating a meal made of heavier foods like meat and potatoes.  A good salad can leave people with a feeling of being satisfied much longer than heavier foods.  If you are looking for a meal to add to your diet that can allow you to hit the ground running, try adding a healthy salad.

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


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