Why It’s Important to Eat Healthy
Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications, including “Woman’s Day,” “Marie Claire,” “Adirondack Life” and “Self.” She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer
Almost everybody knows that it’s important to eat healthy. However, not everybody can explain exactly why. Healthy eating is essential for a number of reasons, and not all of them are as obvious as “getting your vitamins.” A healthy diet is especially important for children, teenagers, pregnant women and people over 60.
You’ll Avoid Obesity
Eating healthy on a regular basis means you will never need to diet again. The foods that lead to gaining weight — such as sweets, fatty snacks and simple carbohydrates — are also foods that provide little to no nutrition. If you instead focus on healthier foods, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds and lean proteins, you’ll get lots of fiber, more nutrients and a steadier level of blood sugar. This in turn can help control hunger and cravings and will help you feel full for longer, preventing overeating.
You’ll Have Better Skin and Hair
Healthy foods are full of nutrients that contribute to the health of your skin, hair and nails. These nutrients not only make you look better, but also keep your skin healthier. For example, fatty fish such as salmon are a good source of essential fatty acids, which might help protect against skin cancer, while leafy green vegetables provide plenty of vitamin A, which helps with cell regeneration. This means better eyesight, fewer wrinkles and smoother skin.
You’ll Avoid Disease
A number of diseases are directly connected to diet. This includes diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and high blood pressure. Foods rich in antioxidants can help lower the risk of cancer, slow aging and might help prevent Alzheimer’s disease or at least slow its progress. Antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and C are abundant in fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains.
You’ll Benefit Your Brain
A healthy diet rich in fish, unsaturated fats and fruits and vegetables can improve memory and slow cognitive impairment, according to a 2009 study published in the “Archives of Neurology.” Cutting down on the consumption of meat, dairy and alcohol also helps lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia later in life. According to the National Institute on Aging, a diet rich in fish oil, vitamin E and isoflavones — from soy products — might help slow the cognitive decline common in people who suffer from Alzheimer’s.
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