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How To Improve English Fluency And Get Healthy
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So you will have no problems listening and taking an interest in this podcast about healthy eating. We should all be interested in staying healthy!
Audio Transcript: How To Improve English Fluency And Get Healthy
Hi there, and welcome to this latest podcast from Adept English. This is our Thursday podcast and it’s therefore a bit shorter and easier to understand than our Monday podcast. But as ever, if you want to improve your English fluency, then listen to the podcast a number of times, until you understand all the words. There is a transcript, a written version of what I say, which is available on our website at adeptenglish.com.
One of the best ways to improve your English fluency is by listening to articles, English material which you find interesting, which gives you interesting information at the same time. So you don’t actually feel as though you’re working on your English fluency – it’s happening, but in a way that you don’t notice. So let’s pick a news story from the last few days. And something we should all think about!
Fantastic health benefits from food
Scientists are telling us that there is a super food, which 90% of people in the UK at least, don’t get enough of. A super food is a food which is really healthy, which you should eat to stay fit and well. So the UK news is saying that only 10% of people here eat enough of this food. And the health benefits of this food are quite extraordinary. So if you eat enough of this food, you have 40% less chance of having a coronary, a heart attack. So that’s when your heart stops working and it can be life-threatening. This food also means that you have much less chance of becoming diabetic. Being diabetic or having the disease called diabetes – that’s when your body can’t process sugar properly. And diabetes is not a good disease to have. It means there’s more risk of other illnesses. For every 7 grammes extra of this food that you eat every day, it means 7% less chance of a stroke. ‘A stroke’ is when there’s a blockage in the blood supply to your brain. It’s very serious and again, it can kill you or paralyse you. And if you eat this food, you’re more likely to have a healthy weight. You’re less likely to be overweight.
You’ll have less acne, fewer spots. Acne and spots are what you get on your skin, particularly on your face, which often teenagers suffer from. This food means less of all that. Your chances of diverticulitis and other diseases of your digestive system – are reduced by 40% if you eat lots of this food. Your digestive system is the system in your body which processes the food that you eat. And this element in your food means you’re less likely to have haemorrhoids – that’s a medical condition which happens when you go to the toilet. Again, I’ll not go into detail – but, if you look up that word, you’ll find that you really don’t want to have haemorrhoids! Not nice! It’s an interesting word to spell – look at the transcript on the website for that spelling. This food also reduces the chance of getting ‘kidney stones’. That is a build up of calcium in your kidneys. And your kidneys are two organs which process what you drink. And it’s an extremely painful thing if you’ve ever have kidney stones. It usually needs an operation, surgery to sort the problem out. Definitely something to avoid if you can.
So all sorts of vocabulary here for you. Not just improving your English fluency here, but also covering all kinds of vocabulary, words about your health, your body, your organs in your body and your fitness.
What does the word ‘fibre’ mean?
So what is this super food, this wonderful part of our diet? Well, all of those health benefits can be yours, if you eat enough fibre. So fibre, F-I-B-R-E is a funny word. It refers to all the bits in food that you don’t fully digest – and therefore which help us go to the toilet regularly. Nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables with their seeds and their skins on – these are what give us fibre in our diet. If you want to spell this word the American way, it’s fiber, FIBER. Just in case you want to look it up online, that’s why you’ll find both spellings. So F-I-B-R-E is UK and F-I-B-E-R is US. Another example of differences between UK and US English spelling. We do like to be different!
So the recommendation that is in the news this week, is that we should all be eating at least 30 grammes of fibre in our diet every day. And the news was also saying that only 10% of people actually do this – in the UK, at least. So most of us don’t get enough fibre and we’re at risk of all those horrible medical conditions that I listed! The problem is because we eat more and more refined food and less and less natural food, we tend to eat less and less fibre. So our health risks deteriorating, that means ‘getting worse’, because we don’t eat enough fibre. The more refined a food is, the less fibre it contains. So for example, if you eat white bread, that’s refined, not much fibre, whereas if you eat brown bread or wholemeal bread as we often call it, then you’re eating much more fibre. It’s much better for you.
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What does 30g fibre look like?
So what does 30g of fibre look like? Well, I guess that’s also the point of this news story. If you eat the typical western European diet that we do in the UK, it’s very unlikely that you’re eating 30g of fibre a day. So you have to think about it and eat differently to arrive at 30g. If you eat an apple, that’s around 4g of fibre. If you eat oats – they’re what you use to make porridge – that’s a bit better. Half a cup of oats to make porridge would be 9g of fibre. Two carrots, with their skins on, would be 6g of fibre and a cup of whole lentils, would be 4g. Lentils are what you find in Indian Dhal or in Moroccan dishes too. But of course there are many, many foods we can eat, that don’t contain any fibre at all. So the more of these foods that you eat, the less fibre you’re getting overall. Very bad!
So listen to this podcast a number of times to increase your understanding of lots of vocabulary around health and healthy eating – and this will in turn increase your English fluency, as well as perhaps helping you improve your health!
Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
PS: There is no point learning to speak English if you are not healthy enough to Enjoy it!
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Hilary is an Adept English Editor and a founding member of the company.
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