Why Eat Healthy?
- 1. You’ll have increased productivity and energy
Think of your body as an engine, and like any engine your body needs fuel to run. How efficiently it runs is dependent on the type of fuel you put in it. You wouldn’t fuel your car with sugar, so why use it to fuel your body? The crux with sugar is that at first it feels fantastic. You’re ridding that sugar-high; you feel ultra-productive, your energy levels are through the roof, but then the crash hits.
This occurs because sugar is nothing but empty calories with no nutritional value, and empty calories don’t actually convert to energy. Only nutrient dense foods give our bodies the proper fuel we need, distributing it slowly over time so that we can maintain a healthy level of energy through out the day. More energy equals
more focus, which equals better productivity. You can’t get things done if you’re too tired to move.
- 2. Eating healthy enhances your mood
The foods you eat have a direct impact on your brain, including the area that controls mood. By maintaining stable blood sugar through the consumption of nutrient rich foods you’ll feel better through out the day. Foods like fruits, whole grains, and vegetables that are chalked full of vitamins and minerals have been linked to lowering the risk of depression. Omega-3 fatty acids, (that are found in fatty fish, like salmon and tuna, also nuts) have also been connected with easing depressive symptoms.
3. Eating healthy combats disease and increases your life
Eating healthy and having over all healthy habits can assist with preventing certain health conditions, such as: heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Nutrient rich foods help to keep your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol under control.
It’s difficult these days to know what’s healthy and what’s not. It seems every month there’s a new scientific study introducing some new “super food” that is the answer to all of our problems. Even when people think they’re cutting back and eating better, they can still fail. Why? Just because something says it’s healthy, doesn’t necessarily mean its true.
One of the number one causes of obesity today is sugar, so you’d think it’s simple; stay away from sugar. Here’s the little secret that they don’t tell you: Sugar is in everything! Any kind of processed food: bread, pasta, dairy, protein bars, even the meat you buy has sugar. What’s the solution? Eat organic foods whenever possible. Eat plenty of lean meats, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, that haven’t been stripped within an inch of their life. Stay away from chemically processed foods, (foods made from refined ingredients and artificial substances).
Eating poorly results in obesity, high blood pressure, acne, diabetes, poor oral health, and an increased risk of developing osteoporosis, and heart disease, just to name a few. Eating healthy helps in combating disease, and results in people having more energy, enhanced mood, increased productivity, and a longer life span. When weighing your options between eating healthy or not, it quickly becomes clear which is the better choice. So, next time you get the urge to grab a quick tasty snack, why not indulge in something good for you?
text by Asha Maxey