The Importance of Healthy Eating
Consumers in recent years have become revolutionary in their approach to food. Why this revolution, this new awareness? They have become more aware of the many benefits of healthy eating. From the beginning of humanity, man has “eaten to live, not to die.” This is exactly how healthy eating should be; we should eat to live well and longer, and avoid illnesses, which cause us to die long before we should.
When we overeat, we lay ourselves open to becoming overweight and obese; this in turn leads to certain diseases like heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes, When we fill ourselves with poor nutrition, like eating too many fried foods, saturated fats and foods with a high glycemic load, we also open up a “can of worms,” so to speak, by putting ourselves in danger of diseases like cancer, and once again, heart disease and diabetes. When we go heavy on the salt in our foods, the risk of yet another ailment pops up, that of high blood pressure. So we see that the main disadvantage of bad nutrition is disease. Let us look at the top ten benefits of healthy eating.
Top 10 Benefits of Eating A Healthy Diet
1. Minimize the Risk of Disease
Cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society, were predicted to occur in 2009 at an alarming figure of 562,340, and of this figure, one-third related to overweight, obesity, poor nutrition and physical activity. Incorporating lots of fruits and vegetables in our diet can help to prevent cancer due to the phytochemicals and antioxidants found in them. Eating less red meat and processed and cured meats will also help to decrease the incidence of colon cancer. Eat leaner poultry and fish, and add them as the side dish to your vegetables rather than the main dish.
2. Lower High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure
Eat healthy to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, which goes hand in hand with adult onset diabetes (diabetes II).
3. Keep your Heart Healthy
Avoid fried foods, saturated fats, and too much red meat. If you do this you can be assured of a healthy heart and no high cholesterol problems.
4. Weight Control
Eating healthy can help to control your weight. It prevents you from becoming overweight or obese, which leads to health problems like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Eat fish at least three times a week, and aim to include 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day in your meals. Some physical activity added to this can help you control your weight. Avoid crash diets, and concentrate on a commitment to long term healthy eating. Losing weight can assist in improving blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
5. Increased Energy
Eating healthy can boost energy levels. Junk food eaters can never feel as energetic as those who eat balanced nutritional meal. Low vitamin C can be a hidden reason for the tiredness you feel. Increase the levels of fruits and vegetables in your diets. Eat high vitamin C fruits and foods like oranges, broccoli, and cantaloupe.
6. Better Skin Tone
Healthy eating improves and evens your skin tone. Your skin looks nourished and hydrated. Dry, flaky skin disappears, and your complexion appears clear and healthy.
7. Look and Feel Younger
Healthy eating keeps you not only looking younger, but actually keeps you younger, as it delays ageing. You feel lighter and more energetic when you eat healthy in addition to keeping active.
8. Strengthen Your Immune System
When you eat healthy by adding fruits and vegetables in your diet, you gain the benefits of their antioxidant properties, which help to strengthen your immune system.
9. Sleep Better
Eating healthy includes eating the right portions of food, and eating at the right times. There will be no build of toxins to excrete, and eating your final meal or snack of the evening at least three hours before you go to bed allows your system enough time to digest the food. This helps you to sleep better.
10. Enjoy General Better Health
Eating healthy provides you with general better health.
Vitamins and minerals are vital elements of healthy eating, especially the antioxidant vitamins C, E and A. These vitamins fortify the body. Add calcium, magnesium, zinc, milk and milk products, and fruit juices to these, and you can be assured of a healthy body if you follow all the other rules. You should also consider essential fatty acids, eggs, and Omega 3 in margarine and oils; these prevent cardio-vascular illness and regulate the flow of blood and control cholesterol levels.
Live Better, Live Longer
By now, you should realize that you can enjoy a number of benefits of healthy eating, which help to improve your life. It is never too late to start eating healthy. So, if you need to, start making those dietary improvements in your life. Make a commitment to eating a healthier diet. You can live better and live longer.
Benefits of Healthy Eating For Maintaining A Healthy Body
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