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Treat Your Body Right With These Nutrition Tips

Tiru with her baby daughter, receiving nutrition support in southern Ethiopia, thanks to CARE International
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Image by DFID – UK Department for International Development
UPDATE, June 2012: At least 2.4 million people like Tiru and her twin daughters have been reached with emergency food assistance through the support of aid from Britain in Ethiopia, Kenya & Somalia in 2011-12. And over the last two years, UK aid has reached 6 million people with food aid in times of disaster – find out more at www.dfid.gov.uk/annualreport

August 2011:

Tiru, a 25-year-old widowed mother of five, in Miyo, Oromia Region, considered one of the worst affected drought areas in southern Ethiopia.

Tiru is pictured with her one of her six-month-old twins, against the aquamarine-painted wall of an Ethiopian government health clinic in Miyo, Oromia, Ethiopia, 3 August 2011.

“I lost my husband when I was pregnant with my twins, due to sickness. We used to work together, we had cattle then. We lost our 2 cattle because of the drought. We also watered crops for the rich farmers. I now do this alone. It is very difficult with two babies to work. My income is much less. I can no longer support my children. My father is old. He was able to support me at the start but now cannot.”

Community health workers from the NGO CARE International visited Tiru’s village a month ago. They advised that the twins needed screening for malnutrition. The twins were then admitted to an outpatients nutrition programme, and provided with plumpy nut (peanut butter with high nutritional content) for 3 weeks.

This one of Tiru’s daughters is now ready to be discharged; when she was admitted she weighed 4.5kg, but after 3 weeks she now weighs 5.2 kg. This is considered to be acceptable and she no longer requires support. Her twin sister is almost there. She probably needs another week before she can be discharged from the programme.

UK aid is supporting CARE International’s nutrition activities in Oromia through the UN’s humanitarian response fund.

To find out more about how UK aid is helping those affected by the drought in Ethiopia and across the Horn of Africa, please visit: www.dfid.gov.uk/Media-Room/Features/2011/Horn-of-Africa-a…

Image: Tanya Axisa/Department for International Development

Proper nutrition is essential to longevity and overall health. A healthy diet helps keep bones and muscles strong and helps your skin, nails and hair look its best. The following article will give you some great tips for healthy nutrition.

Feed your body to help prepare it for the day. Breakfast is paramount in maintaining energy levels throughout your day. Fuel your mind and body with plenty of carbs and protein. Upon processing these key foods, your hunger is balanced and energy is made.

Look at nutrition labels and avoid anything with over 5% of cholesterol, sodium, saturated and total fat. Eating these foods can increase your chance for dangerous problems like hypertension or high blood pressure.

Whenever you are trying to decide the foods you should consume that will lead to better nutrition, keep in mind raw foods are almost always a lot better for you than cooked and/or processed food. This is because cooking and processing take a lot of nutrients out of foods. If anything else, try to incorporate raw foods and veggies into your diet. Skip foods like jellies, jams and canned vegetables.

An essential part of a nutritional diet is riboflavin. The human body needs riboflavin to utilize the energy found in carbs, fats, and proteins. Riboflavin also helps move iron around the body and assists in regulating metabolism. Dairy products and products made from grain contain riboflavin.

Watch out for high levels of sugar in foods and drinks that you might not expect to be unhealthy. Many people make the mistake of thinking that fruit juice is a healthy alternative to soda. Strangely, some brands of fruit juice are actually more sugary than soda. As you can see, being aware of what you are eating and drinking can make a big difference in your overall health.

If you are pregnant, a good tip is to get the right amount of vitamin B-12 in your diet. Vitamin B12 is key when it comes to decreasing the risk that birth defects will occur. Most people get enough vitamin B12 in their diet, but you should be careful if you are following a specific diet.

Low fat products often have added ingredients, such as extra sugar, to make up for the flavor lost by reducing the fat. Always figure out what has been added to foods that have had calories taken out.

In order to help your children learn healthy eating habits, reward them with attention instead of rewarding them with food. Give your kid a big smile, some hugs and kisses and lots of encouragement; not a pile of ice cream. When a sweet treat is offered as a reward, the child correlates sweets to happiness.

Try to substitute dairy in your recipes. Lower-fat dairy product choices will save you from taking in extra fat and calories. Try plain yogurt, as opposed to sour cream, if you’re making a dip. Evaporated milk, especially the fat-free version, is a good replacement for cream. Instead of cream cheese, use ricotta cheese instead. These simple switches will shave off calories but still give you the taste that you crave.

Eat slower. A lot of people, especially those who are stressed out and hurried, rush through their meals. Take time to enjoy your food. Chew your food slowly, savoring every bite. This will help you fill up faster. This makes you less likely to overeat.

Good nutrition is an integral part of keeping your body healthy. The right nutrients play a huge role in keeping every part of your body functioning properly. Put the information you learned in this article into practice to maximize your nutrient intake each day.