Maintaining a healthy diet is vital for good physical and mental health. Despite the wealth of information available about proper nutrition and diet, in a process food saturated society, our eating habits have become very unhealthy over the years. Here are 5 reasons why you should be eating healthier:
1. Weight Management
Eating a healthy, balanced diet helps control our body weights. We gain weight by consuming too many calories which are commonly found in highly processed and fast foods. By choosing healthier food options over processed foods, we decrease the amount of calories that we consume while increasing the amount of vital nutrients we put into our body. Maintaining a healthy body weight decreases your risk of many obesity related diseases including cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, thyroid issues and bone and joint issues.
2. Combats Disease
Most cancers are caused by poor lifestyle choices. By eliminating cancer causing chemicals found in most processed foods, and opting for a healthier diet, we reduce the risk of developing several forms of cancer.
But it’s not just cancer that is caused by poor eating habits. Many debilitating and life threatening diseases are also caused by poor eating habits. Healthy eating reduces the risk of getting other life threatening diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, Diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and numerous other degenerative and deadly diseases.
Proper nutrition also builds up and strengthens our immune systems which is our body’s natural disease fighter. A healthy immunity is essential for fighting germs and bacteria that cause illness and disease.
3. Improved Mental Health
A healthy diet increases the blood flow to our brains which in turn increases the oxygen levels and nutrients to our brain cells. When brain cells are kept healthy, they are better protected and can function better. This means that we are more alert, happier and less likely to develop diseases like Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
4. Improved Energy Levels
When our bodies have the right vitamins and minerals feeding the cells, our energy levels increase. Every part of your body needs proper nutrients ingested regularly for optimal functioning. Feeding your body with adequate amounts of healthy foods will fuel the tissues and provide more energy. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, nuts and legumes feed the body with the necessary nutrients which, in turn, boosts our energy levels.
5. Longer Lifespan
People who eat a healthy diet tend to live longer. By feeding our body’s with healthy foods, they function better, ward off and fight disease, improve mental health and are better equipped to fight disease.
You are what you eat. If you want to be healthy, it starts with developing a long term healthy diet. Simple changes to your daily diet such as switching from white carbs to whole grains, changing from soda to water, adding more vegetables to your meals and buying organic produce will dramatically improve your overall health and wellness.