Thursday, January 28, 2016

Benefits of good nutrition - Why you should eat healthy


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Benefits of good nutrition - Why you should eat healthy

If you’re wondering if there are any benefits to good nutrition this article will show you that there are multiple positive benefits to a nutritious diet. A nutritious diet will have positive effects to both your physical and mental health - not just maintaining a healthy weight, but also giving you energy, allowing you to sleep better and providing the nutrients your body needs to properly function.

When it comes to the benefits of good nutrition here are 5 reasons you should eat healthy - reduced risk of heart disease, improved energy levels, better control of your weight, reduced risk of diabetes and improved brain function.

Good Nutrition and Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
You are at a greater risk of heart disease if your current diet contains too much sodium, trans fat, cholesterol and saturated fats. The most concerning are trans fats and saturated fats that will create plaques and damage your artery walls, in turn increasing your cholesterol levels. This will increase your risk of heart disease.

If you avoid these fats and replace them with “healthy fats” such as polyunsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats you will lower the risk of high blood pressure and unhealthy levels of cholesterol.

Examples of good sources of healthy fats include - oily fish, nuts, seeds and avocados.

Good Nutrition and Improved Energy
You can reap the immediate benefits of eating a nutritious diet from the increased energy levels.
By eliminating processed sugars, excess fat and processed carbohydrates you can avoid wild blood sugar fluctuations which make you feel drained and tired. Examples of these foods that you should avoid include white breads, chocolate and candy. In contrast, un-processed carbohydrates take a longer time for your digestive system to process and releases energy at a steady rate. This will keep your blood sugar at a steady level preventing you from experiencing the energy ‘crashes’. Examples of good carbohydrates include whole grains, vegetables and fruits.

Good Nutrition and Controlling Your Weight
If you don’t eat more calories than your body burns on a daily basis you can maintain a healthy body fat percentage and weight. If you eat more calories than you burn then this will lead to an unhealthy body fat percentage, as excess calories will be stored as fat. Generally speaking, nutrient dense foods have a lower amount of calories when compared to processed foods and sugar.

Good Nutrition and Reducing Risk of Diabetes
People who have diets that are high in refined carbohydrates are more likely to get Type 2 diabetes. On the other hand if you consume whole grains both your blood sugar and insulin levels will be stabilised reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Good Nutrition and Improving Brain Function
The risk of Alzheimer's disease and high cholesterol levels are linked to diets that include too much saturated fat and cholesterol. If you replace these with healthy fats (poly unsaturated & monounsaturated) however, you will be able to help protect your brain cells and give you healthier cholesterol levels.


As you can see there are many benefits of good nutrition including reduced risk of heart disease, improved energy, weight control, reducing your risk of diabetes and improved brain function.

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5 comments:

  1. I believe that most of our health problems are from lack of nutrition. I must admit that some of my food choices are not the healthiest, but I do try to find out if what I eat contains the right amount of nutrition. I’ve started taking supplements and I feel more energetic, but nothing really beats good nutrition from natural food.

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  2. I can’t agree with this article more. It’s spot on! Even personal trainers are acknowledging that losing weight is more about nutrition than exercise. It’s something that not many people are aware of. Many think that weight loss is just a matter of going through intense exercise and that’s that. Its one thing to lose weight, but what’s more important is for the body to remain healthy while losing all the weight. Exercise alone can’t do that, and that’s were good nutrition comes in.

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    1. See, there’s too much emphasis on exercise and active lifestyle, but what’s really more important is good nutrition. It’s the lack of nutrition that’s causing havoc in our body. Surely, if we know the right kinds of food to eat, we’d ditch all the junk food then we’d be able to get rid of diabetes, obesity, and other diseases the natural way.

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  3. Good post here, and exactly why I've finally come to realize I need to make the effort to eat better. My family has a history of a slew of health issues, and even the ones who look "healthy" and slim are dealing with it. My wife has done her research, with help of nutritionist friend, and has started making the change for us all.

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  4. I cannot believe the number of people that have diabetes these days. Apparently, even children as young as 12 are now getting diabetes, and the main cause is a poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle - so I definitely agree with your points mentioned in the article.

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