Following a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables has a lot of benefits to offer. It can lower our risk of developing heart disease such as a heart attack and stroke and it can also protect us against certain types of cancer. Whether we are trying to get in shape or just live a healthier life, eating healthy food is something that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Here are the top 5 reasons why we should make our daily diet more nutrient-packed:
Our brain and body needs ‘quality fuel’ to function effectively. A study shows that whenever we eat unhealthy, we are increasing our risk of productivity loss of up to 66 percent. However, if we incorporate healthy foods into our diet, like fresh fruits and vegetables, we ‘fuel’ our brains to function well and our body feels energized which allows us to become more productive at work and in life.
What we eat affects how our brain functions. Dark chocolate can give us the feeling of happiness because it is packed with polyphenol, which is known to boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is targeted by antidepressants. Bananas are also good for our brain because it is packed with dopamine which is a chief mood booster for the brain. Seeking professional help is advised if we experience serious mood changes throughout the day. But, maybe just eating a dark chocolate covered banana is all the fix you need!
Cortisol is a stress hormone found in our bodies and there are certain foods that can help moderate it. If we eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and Vitamin C, the cortisol levels in our bodies will be reduced. Too much stress is unhealthy for our overall well-being; it breaks down our protein supply that protects us from diseases. To keep our protein stores at a healthy level, we should include fish and dairy in our healthy diet.
Quality trumps quantity. This holds true when it comes to eating healthy. Fresh foods consist of fewer low-nutrient fillers that our bodies burn through quickly. Other advantages when healthy and less is the savings in your pocket book. For some, you should experience weight loss while everyone will have a greater sense of well being and a clear mind.
Healthy eating can reduce our risks of developing chronic diseases that may shorten our lives. Eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise are guaranteed by health experts to increase our life expectancy. Moreover, we can save from spending on expensive and painful Botox procedures because our skin will look glowing and young. Fruits and vegetable are high in antioxidants and can help protect our skin.