Is the South Beach Diet Safe for You? -- "Are you one of the people that have been wondering is the south beach diet safe for ..."
Atkins Diet Plan-Old But Is It True -- "If you are interested in losing weight the Atkins Diet plan may be just what you are ..."
Atkins Pre Maintenance Phase -- "After experiencing the Induction and OWL phases of the Atkins diet, your next step is to ..."
Common mistakes of Atkins dieters -- "The Atkins diet is one of the simplest weight loss plans to follow. Although the ..."
Tips for Successful South Beach Diet -- "Some of you may have heard of the south beach diet exercise, especially if you have been ..."
Great Info About The South Beach Diet -- "Formulated by Florida-area heart specialist Arthur Agatston, the South Beach diet,  ..."
South Beach Diet – Ready To Be A Loser? -- "The south beach diet is a way that many people are shedding the pounds. Miami cardiologic ..."
Atkins Diet Recipes: Delicious and Nutritious -- "The majority of people who hear about Atkins diets think that you are going to have to ..."


Digestive problems are on the rise and affecting Americans' lifestyles. According to the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), Americans report more than 81 million cases of chronic digestive problems each year.

The good news is that people may not have to skip work or miss out on leisure activities because of poor digestive health.

"Eating a wide variety of nutrient-rich and colorful fruits and vegetables, which are beneficial to your digestive tract, is the first step. This includes dried fruits, like California dried plums, as well as fresh berries and apples," says Leo Treyzon, M.D., from the divisions of Digestive Diseases and Clinical Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. "These types of foods are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals that provide a broad array of health benefits. Other foods containing fiber, protein, calcium and vitamin D are also good choices for enhancing your digestive health."

Treyzon says California dried plums are particularly good for digestive health because they have a unique combination of nutrients, such as soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, potassium and magnesium. They are also high in plant substances called polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants that protect DNA against damage, decrease inflammation and prevent cancer.

Treyzon emphasizes that as people learn more about which types of food improve their digestive health they'll also realize the positive impact nutrition has on lifestyle and overall health. He added that good digestive health improves one's immune system and may reduce the risk for some chronic diseases, such as heart disease and some forms of cancer.

"As you make positive food choices, remember that it's important to eat adequate amounts of protein, especially vegetable protein," notes Treyzon. "I would also choose fats wisely, avoid concentrated sweets, drink plenty of fluids and engage in enjoyable physical activities for at least 30 minutes a day."

California dried plums are a convenient, healthy snack that fits into today's busy lifestyle. They also are a tasty addition to any meal. Here's a healthful and delicious recipe idea:

Chicken Sauté With Balsamic-Dried Plum Sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 11/2 pounds)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup finely chopped shallots

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/2 cup (about 3 ounces) coarsely chopped California pitted dried plums

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed

In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken in skillet; cook 10 minutes or until browned and centers are no longer pink, turning once. Transfer to serving platter; keep warm. Add shallots and garlic to same skillet; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in broth, dried plums, vinegar, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat slightly; cook until sauce is reduced to about 1 cup. Spoon over chicken.

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 345 calories; 24% calories from fat; 9 g fat; 139 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrate; 42 g protein; 99 mg cholesterol; 1 g fiber


Top view

Break it Down

Most folks know a small amount about metabolism.

+ View

Cholesterol Types

Cholesterol is a blood fat needed by the body in

+ View

A Colon Detox Can

A healthy colon is a vital part of a healthy

+ View

10 Tips to a Healthy

From the word go, the Football season seems

+ View

10 Small Steps To

Many of us make health-related resolutions, such

+ View

Spiders In Your Legs?

As I was searching for more information on

+ View

Health Men

Horney Goat Weed – A Marvelous Herb

Do you still think that the only real sex pill is called Viagra?

+ View

Andropause and DHEA

Andropause and DHEA are a medical condition and a cure paving the way

+ View

Buying Lingerie For The Woman In

Looking to buy your significant other lingerie as a gift? You’re a

+ View

Health Women

Eating Right in Healthy Aging

You have to eat right in order to stay healthy. If you do not eat right,

+ View

Promote longevity and gain a sense

The pursuit for anti aging treatments was first recorded in ancient Egypt

+ View

Gray Hair one of the most obvious

Aside from wrinkles, sagging facial muscles and the tired haggard look,

+ View

You Can Save Lives!

Most Popular

10 Small Steps To ...

Many of us make health-related resolutions, such ...

+ View

10 Tips to a Healthy ...

From the word go, the Football season seems ...

+ View

A Colon Detox Can ...

A healthy colon is a vital part of a healthy ...

+ View

Wonderful Life

6 Steps to Super Sleek ...

Whether you want to look great for a party and ...

5 Tips To Improved Skin ...

Your skin is the first thing that people notice ...

5 Steps To Perfect Hair

Your hair is your crowning glory. Look after it ...

Tips To Fix 5 Mistakes ...

Have you ever been putting on your makeup and ...

  • Prev
  • Sponsored Section
Scroll to top