We have all been told, since we were children, the benefits of eating healthy foods. Most of us chose to ignore what we were told and started eating the foods we were told not to eat. I am guilty of that too. But more and more research keeps coming in that shows the importance of eating a healthy diet. If we don’t start following the advice that comes from this research, it will come back years later with a vengeance, so I will give many reasons why we should do this.
Keeping a healthy weight
Eating healthy foods definitely helps us keep a healthier weight. Along with regular exercise, which can be as simple as taking a walk, eating a healthy diet is crucial for maintaining our weight. One of the first things you can do is to begin to stay away from processed foods. If not, you are just defeating your cause and will not see the best results. Try to replace processed foods with more fruits and vegetables, which are lower in calories than processed foods and have a lot of other benefits too.
We all tend to over do it at times and eat a lot of unhealthy food, which leads us to crash to the couch for a while. Fruits and vegetables will actually give you more energy instead of less. Some other foods that will also help you stay energized are:
- lean meats, such as poultry and fish
- whole grains
- low-fat dairy products
Cancer reduction risk
Developing research says diets rich with vegetables and fruit may help protect against cancer. Liver and colorectal cancers are reduced because of the fiber in fruits and vegetables. Fruits tend to help in the reduction of cancer of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Obesity tends to lead to an increased chance of cancer.
Consuming vegetables and fruits will help improve and protect your skin because of the high antioxidants in them. Who does not want to look younger?
Good for diabetes
Having a healthy diet is a big plus for diabetes because it manages blood glucose levels, delays complications of or prevents diabetes, manages weight loss and keeps cholesterol and blood pressure in a good range. Folks with diabetes should limit intake of salts and sugar. Stay away from fried foods that are high in trans and saturated fats.
Teeth and bone strength
Having a diet high in calcium and magnesium is necessary for strong teeth and bones. Some foods that have a high content of calcium and magnesium are:
- canned fish with bone
- low-fat dairy products
Great way to prevent heart disease and stroke
In the U.S., figures show 92 million people have at least one type of cardiovascular disease, which involve blood vessels or the heart. Foods that have E vitamin like green vegetables, peanuts, hazelnuts, sun flower seeds, and almonds may prevent blood clots.
Enhance your memory
Foods that are rich in vitamins D,C,E, omege-3 fatty acid, flavonoids and polyphenols are good for your memory. This is good if you have a family history of cognitive decline or dementia, as it may reduce the chances of you being diagnosed with these conditions.
Better gut health
Your colon has good and bad bacteria. Foods like kefir, yogurt, and miso are rich in good bacteria which aids in digestion and metabolism. These foods are called probiotics. Fiber also aids in digestion. You can find a lot of fiber in grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes. These foods are called prebiotics.
Eating foods like dark chocolate and bananas can enhance your mood. Just do not over do it. Yogurt, turkey and fish are good too because they have tryptophan, which your body converts into serotonin. This chemical compound is what makes you feel happy.
If you can reduce caffeine and alcohol use and go to bed at a set time every day and rise at the same time in the morning, this is very good for your health too.
Eating healthy helps save you money because staying healthy reduces trips to the doctor for office visits and prescriptions and so on.
To sum it up
The benefits of eating healthy foods will never go out of style, as more research goes by every year. So do not ignore it and you and your family will live a more productive life.