Why should we eat healthy?
Whatever we eat impacts our life in many ways, thus our diet plays the most important role in our life and hence our diet should be nutritious and valuable to our body.
Reasons why we should eat nutritious food:
Part of the brain that regulates the mood gets impacted by what we eat. Foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vegetables, whole grains and fruits have been associated with an overall lower risk of depression.
Receiving the right mix of nutrients can help to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. It reduces stress as well.
Following a healthy diet can help you lose and gain weight. Some people in sickness need to gain weight, by selecting a healthful energy dense foods like nuts, seeds and dried fruits can help in gaining weight in a healthy way without adopting a colorie-dense foods diet that is not nutritious.
A healthy diet helps in losing weight and also helps in supplying all the nutrients a body needs. This healthy diet should include fresh, nutrient-dense fruits and veggies, high-fiber whole grains and legumes.
Eating right food and not junk food can improve a person’s health. Our body needs vitamins and minerals, deficiency of which can put a human to a risk of early death. Thus a healthy meal including foods and vegetables is required for a human to stay healthy.
Two major risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes are a history of less healthy eating habits and obesity. This increasing your intake of healthful foods and losing excess weight (if you’re overweight) may help reduce your risk of having type 2 diabetes in the future.
Healthy diet is good for heart and does not include most trans-fats that are associated with cardiovascular diseases.
Eating a healthful balanced diet provides nutrients and vitamins and thus you don’t need to b uy additional vitamins, also staying healthy prevents diseases and thus saves your medical expenses.
Healthy diet provides with carbohydrates that are required for energy.
A healthy diet provides nutrients that our skin needs which may help us in looking our best and also our hair needs good nutrition along with protein for soft shiny and healthy hair.
A healthy digestive system requires fiber, which also helps in maintaining normal cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
5 KEYS TO A HEALTHY DIET
BREASTFEED BABIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN
Breast milk provides all the nutrients and fluids that babies need for their first 6 months of healthy growth and development. Exclusively breastfed babies have better resistance against common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, respiratory infections and ear infections. Infants who were breastfed later in life are less likely to become overweight or obese, or to suffer from noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
EAT A VARIETY OF FOODS
Eating a variety of whole (i.e. unprocessed) and fresh foods helps in obtaining the right amount of essential nutrients and also avoids sugars, fats and salt in a diet which can lead to unhealthy weight gain (i.e. overweight and obesity) and noncommunicable diseases.
EAT PLENTY OF VEGETABLES AND FRUIT
Vegetables and fruit are important sources of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, plant protein and antioxidants. People who have a diet, rich in vegetables and fruit have a significantly lower risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
EAT MODERATE AMOUNTS OF FATS AND OILS
Fats and oils are concentrated sources of energy, and eating a diet rich in fats, particularly the wrong kinds of fats, can be harmful to health. People who eat too much saturated fat and trans-fat are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Trans-fat may occur naturally in certain meat and milk products, but the industrially produced trans-fat (e.g. partially hydrogenated oils) present in various processed foods is the main source.
EAT LESS SALT AND SUGARS
People who have a high sodium diet (including salt) have a greater risk of high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Similarly, people who have a diet high in sugars have a greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. People who reduce the amount of sugars in their diet may also reduce their risk of noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and stroke.