A Healthy Diet Benefits Your Life
It’s hard to turn on the television or cruise the internet without being bombarded with articles pertaining to our health. Headlines like “Americans Don’t Sleep Enough,” “Start a Healthy Diet Now,” or “One-Third of Adults Are Obese” are everywhere! Ever wonder why?
Stress, heredity, and smoking are all factors that play a part in a person’s overall health. However, one of the biggest factors is healthy eating. Choosing to eat a healthy diet has many health benefits. Additionally, small changes to your current diet can also make a difference in your overall health. For example, along with the right foods, portion size can help to lower your high blood pressure, manage blood sugar, and promote weight loss.
Is this you?
Do you gobble up processed foods loaded with saturated fats and added sugar? How about overindulging in red meats, soda, and sodium? Unconvinced? Check out these eight facts on how your entire body can and will benefit from a healthier diet!
1. It will strengthen and improve muscle function.
Healthy muscles carry us where we want to go. The right foods with calcium and vitamins, along with proper exercise, build and maintain muscle mass. Strong muscles naturally maintain strength and mobility.
2. A healthy diet promotes a longer life.
Feeding your body what it needs can add years to your life and life to your years. Reducing stress is one way to promote health. A healthy diet is another. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals build up every cell in your body, preparing it to fight illness and literally stay alive longer.
3. Healthy nutrition enables richer years.
An individual who is healthy maintains a higher level of physical activity and brain function than their less healthy peers. A stronger body naturally provides you with a richer life with more unique experiences.
4. A healthy diet makes you more attractive.
If you won’t eat a healthy diet for your insides, maybe a better outside will motivate you to make some dietary changes. We all want to be physically attractive. Healthy foods contribute to clear skin and shiny hair that no amount of high priced beauty products provides. Fueling the body with rich omega-3 fatty acids, fruits and vegetables, and other healthy foods nourish skin, hair, and nails.
5. Eating healthier makes you smarter.
Research shows certain dietary choices power up your brain to function at a higher level and help everyday brain function. Introducing “brain foods” into your diet will aid with memory retention and problem-solving skills.
This is one of the best reasons to commit to a healthy diet of vitamin-rich foods, as a healthy brain allows a much more active and independent lifestyle, from working longer to being able to drive.
6. Eating healthy decreases your risk of injury.
A high-functioning body with strong bones and muscles maintains balance, handles heavy loads, and holds up under stress better than its weaker counterparts. Muscles and bones lacking calcium and protein will grow weaker over time.
This, unfortunately, causes the body to be less stable and more prone to injury. Falls, slips, and twists end up being more serious if a person’s body isn’t strong and healthy.
7. A healthy diet fights bad genes.
If you are already worried about cancer that runs on mom’s side or the heart attack risk that runs on dad’s side, take heart. While you can’t change your DNA, you can use a healthy diet to combat some of your genetic disposition to disease.
Ingraining a healthy diet into your life, as well as exercise, regular chiropractic care and routine doctor checkups, helps minimize the risk of falling victim to your family’s predisposed illnesses.
If you end up with an illness, whether or not from heredity, a healthy diet will be one of your greatest assets.
8. Good nutrition prepares your body to fight illness.
A nutrient-rich diet boosts a person’s immune system to be able to fight off infection and illness. When a person falls victim to a disease or other chronic diseases, their diet helps them fight it off so it hopefully doesn’t get worse and is cured quickly.
A healthy diet is integral to a long, happy life. Deciding to eat healthily and maintain that commitment consistently may seem like a big change in lifestyle at first. However, it will benefit you and your loved ones in ways that are practically immeasurable. Friends and family have chosen chiropractic care for support as well.
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