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The Mediterranean Diet – Why Is It So Special?

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In the midst of your busy world – getting the kids to school, keeping the house organized, making sure your job and finances are secure – wouldn’t you like to take a Mediterranean vacation? Well, financially speaking most of us probably could not afford a luxury like that.

Maybe we could look at this from a different viewpoint. How about a Mediterranean vacation for your body? Medical researchers have long been intrigued by the continuing good health and longevity of people living in the Mediterranean coastal region. These people exude such continuing good health and durability that the medical and nutritional communities were very intrigued. They wondered just why there could be such a disparity health wise between those living in that region and those living in other parts of the world.

They found these people live basically on diets consisting of whole foods and monosaturated fats such as olive oils. This type of eating together with regular physical activity adds up to a potently powerful way of living that almost insures a long life lived with vim, vigor, and vitality. Due to this combination, they observed that many of these people lived well into their 90’s all the while taking part in everyday life alongside those of their younger friends and relatives.

The monosaturated fats such as the olive and coconut oils as well as avocados, olives, nuts and seeds provide an anti-inflammatory condition for the body. The fresh fruits and vegetables that are so prevalent in this type of diet contain the thousands of micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that protect our systems from the insidious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimers’, etc. that are so prevalent in today’s society. The fatty fish, which contain the heart healthy Omega 3’s, the low fat diary including yogurt, and the whole grains balance out this tremendously healthy potpourri of foods.

Alcohol, particularly a glass of red wine is traditionally served with every lunch and dinner since that type of wine has very heart healthy benefits. Drinking six glass of water daily adds to their continued good health, energy, and longevity.

However the major influence in the way these people live their lives is their reliance on nature’s nourishing and beneficial fruits and vegetables. Some eat as much as a pound daily with the emphasis on those dark green leafy vegetables. What makes them such an important factor is that they are low in calories and extremely high in antioxidants.

And, as referred to earlier, they noted the inclusion of physical activity as part of their everyday life – many they found even mowing their lawns and gardening well into their 90’s!

Researchers have agreed that it is never too late to turn your health and consequently your life around by switching to this very beneficial and positive way of life. Since it’s not just confined to certain regions of the world, you can start this vacation anytime and anyplace. So make those reservations today and begin a new journey of good health and wellness!

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