According to an L.E.K. study, consumers are becoming more and more aware of what they eat. Almost 70% of people care enough about the quality of their food to pay more for the guarantee that they are receiving something natural and nutritious. Over 90% want to eat healthy at least for some of the time, while 63% want to do it all, or almost all of the time.
Eating healthy is not only trendy – it’s already a mainstream movement. However, a lot of people do not realize that eating healthy is not only about eating only healthy ingredients. It is all about proper nutrition. Different foods and ingredients provide your organisms with other vital nutrients, and the key to staying healthy and strong is to understand what you need to thrive, and what is the perfect balance.
This article takes information from various specialists, such as experts from Nutrition You Can Use, professional dieticians, educated nutritionists, and pools information on why everyone should care about the right nutrition. Of course, that’s what I do too (I have my Master’s in Holistic Nutrition, after all), so keep reading to hear lots of sound advice!
Can Prevent Disease
Malnutrition not only plays a factor but can even be the cause of many diseases, some of which may be really serious. These include diabetes, heart problems, strokes, osteoporosis, and some types of cancer. Of course, genetics plays an important role too, but by eating well, you can significantly reduce the risk of developing a disease, especially if you have a genetic predisposition. For example, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., no matter the gender, age, or ethnicity.
Influences Mental Health
To maintain both physical and mental balance, your organisms need a wide array of vitamins, minerals, healthy carbohydrates, and other nutrients. No wonder that a worsened mood may be a symptom of various deficiencies. Following a healthy diet is actually an essential part of any mental issue treatment. According to a study, low-quality food increases the risk of depression in teenagers by as much as 80%.
You may use the most expensive cosmetics, but they won’t do much if you follow an unhealthy diet. Your body needs the whole range of vitamins and minerals to keep your skin smooth, firm, hydrated, and glowing. Vitamin C that can be found in tomatoes or citrus fruits, for example, is necessary for building collagen, which is responsible for the firmness of your skin and reducing wrinkles. Other vitamins and antioxidants (which are highly available in such foods as watercress, papaya, broccoli, and berries) support cell regeneration for new skin.
Helps to Fight and Recover from Illnesses
Malnutrition is the most common cause of any immune system problems. Following a healthy, low-fat diet (rich in fruits and vegetables) will help you keep your immune system strong and ready to fight various diseases. And, in case of any illness, infection, or other health issues, you will need your immunity to be at its best from the very beginning until the recovery process is over.
Influences Cognitive Skills
Your body needs glucose to stay energized and be able to maintain focus. High in sugar foods give you a boost of energy, but only a short one followed by exhaustion and sleepiness. Fruits and vegetables are much more effective when you need your brain to stay productive for a more extended period. Also, if you are on a diet that’s high in fat and cholesterol, you are damaging your mind, as it supports building plaque in brain vessels.
It Boosts the Energy Level
It’s true that junk foods may boost your energy levels, but if you have ever experienced this boost, you probably know that it’s a very short one. After that, you only feel more exhausted because your organisms need a lot of energy to deal with all these refined sugars. On the other hand, nutritious and properly-balanced meals will keep you energized throughout the whole day. Your body gets the majority of its energy from healthy carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, but it also needs enough water to transport them. Apart from that, fatigue can be caused by iron deficiency or the lack of vitamin C, as well as a vitamin B deficiency, among others.
Helps to Manage Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is not about looking like a supermodel but maintaining the right weight for you personally. Overweight and obesity, when neglected, can lead to a variety of issues, from joint problems and limited mobility to diabetes and heart disease. And no, you cannot cheat. No supplements nor surgery will replace healthy nutrition. They may help achieve the ideal weight, but you still need to eat healthy to be healthy. Remember that it’s all about the right balance. You don’t need to give up all your favorite snacks, but be reasonable.
Know Yourself and Don’t Be Afraid of a Doctor
All people are different; therefore, everyone has their individual needs. Of course, all humans need the same nutrients, but there are various causes of deficiencies and other conditions that influence your organism’s nutritional balance. That’s why it’s crucial to stay in touch with your doctor and get to know your body. Only then can you be sure that you can identify a problem.
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