There is hardly anyone who does not wish to live a healthy life. No one loves to be sick or battle acute/chronic diseases. Everyone wish, desire and pray to be healthy but only few are working at being healthy. In life, what you don’t work at does not work out! If you want to live healthy, you must eat healthy.
Whether you’re trying to lose or gain weight to get in shape, overcome an health issue or just want to live a healthier life, eating healthy provides a variety of benefits. No matter what motivates you, here are 10 reasons why you should eat healthy.
- You’ll be more productive
Just like your car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. One study found that eating unhealthy foods puts you at a 66% increased risk of productivity loss. Eating a healthy, balanced diet to make sure your brain has the fuel it needs means more energy and increased productivity at work.
- You’ll be happier
What we eat has an impact on our brains and hormones. Did you know bananas contain 10 milligrams of dopamine, a chief mood booster in the brain? Dark chocolate, packed with polyphenol, is also known to boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter that many antidepressants also target. You should see a doctor if you’re seriously concerned about your moods, but for the rare gloomy day, try a dark chocolate-covered banana. EatToHealth has a fantastic recipe for healthy chocolate. Participants at our natural health coach bootcamp training are usually taught how to make healthy chocolate, yoghurt etc.
- You’ll be less stressed
Certain foods have the ability to moderate our body’s level of cortisol, the stress hormone. Some studies have found that foods packed with vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium help reduce cortisol levels. When the body is in a chronic state of stress, it breaks down protein to prepare for battle. Eating a protein-rich diet, including fish and healthy milk, can help replenish protein stores and keep cortisol levels at bay. Healthy milk includes coconut milk, tiger nut milk, Almond milk etc
- You’ll control your weight
Simple healthy choices such as replacing soda with water, choosing carrots instead of sausage roll, and ordering a fruit salad in place of fries/shawama/Pizza not only will help you lose weight, it also can help you save money and your life in general. Benefits of taking water far outweighs whatever reason for taking carbonated drinks.
- You’ll eat less
When it comes to eating healthier, quality trumps quantity. Most healthy foods are rich in fibre which fills up the stomach quickly more than junk foods. If you eat healthy, you will eat less. If you are buying and eating less food, then you will have more money in your pocket.
- It tastes better
Healthy food can taste delicious if it’s prepared well. Lots of people have attested to this though some people would not agree. Taste is subjective and relative. Does freshly extracted juice not taste better than artificially sweetened and chemicalized juice?
- You’ll age better
Why pay for expensive and painful Botox procedures when you can improve your skin through your diet? Fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants can help protect your skin. The antioxidants in fresh berries and salmon’s omega-3 fatty acids both help improve the health of your skin’s cells and slow premature aging. Ofcourse everyone will grow old but you can grow gracefully rather than looking haggard and disjointed even at mid-age.
- You’ll be healthier
Unhealthy eating — especially over the long term — can be a risk factor for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. If you miss out on too much of the protein, vitamins and minerals that your body needs, your muscle mass will decrease as your fat stores increase. Some estimates say at least 30% of cancers are linked to poor diet. One study of over 6,000 women found that those who ate the most cabbage, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower and kale had a lower risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.
- You’ll live longer
Healthy eating can help you avoid diseases that may lower your life expectancy. One study showed that a diet of fruit and vegetables, in combination with exercise, extended life expectancy for women in their 70s. Elsewhere, researchers reviewed a group of studies that suggest vegetarian or low-meat diets could help you live a longer life. And another study points to nuts as a way to reduce your risk of early death. No matter how you cut it, a healthy diet can play an important role in how long you’ll live. Yes, we will all die but should you die avoidable death?
- You’ll save money
Many of the benefits of healthy eating contribute to potential savings. If you stay healthy, you’ll have fewer medical bills to pay and by cutting back on food, you’ll eat less and have fewer groceries to purchase. Save your body and your wallet and eat your greens today.
Credit: This article is originally written by Napala Pratini with some modifications by Falohun Adegbenro.