You have probably heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat’, which is often used when encouraging people to think carefully about the foods they choose. It may be a metaphorical expression, to imply that if you choose to eat ‘garbage’ (as in junk food and unhealthy food choices) then you will feel like garbage too. But there is some truth in the phrase. Nutrients from the foods we choose to consume provide the basic foundation for all of the cells in our body. Our hair, skin to the lungs, heart, and immune system included. Good nutrition is not only important for losing or maintaining your weight, but also for nourishing your body. Vitamins, minerals, and other important ingredients are what our bodies need to function optimally. Ultimately, proper nutrition can have a direct impact on your overall health, wellbeing, and your quality of life. Here are five reasons why getting your diet right is so important for your physical and mental wellness.
There are countless health conditions and diseases that can jeopardize our wellbeing. However, what we eat can have a direct impact on our risk of developing such illnesses. For example, consistently eating fatty, salty, or sugary foods can increase our risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Each of these issues can require you to take lifelong medication, as well as a greater likelihood of developing other health problems. Meanwhile, a healthy, balanced diet can lower your risk of developing these and other serious conditions.
Obesity is the leading cause of premature death in the United States and a key contributor to the development of many health conditions, including type II diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, kidney disease, high cholesterol, and even some types of cancer. When you choose nutritious, healthy foods, you will find it easier to maintain your weight, lowering your risk of obesity and associated medical issues.
Daytime fatigue is something that we all struggle with from time to time. You may find yourself reaching for the sugary snacks in order to try and pep yourself up. While refined sugars such as those found in junk food often provide a short burst of energy, most people simply crash all over again a short while later. However, choosing nutrient-rich foods instead will give you a much longer boost of energy, without the inevitable crash. You remain productive for much longer.
Our immune system is our first line of defense against illness, but for it to be functioning properly, it needs to be fueled by plenty of vitamins and minerals, found in healthy and nutritious foods. Examples of nutrients that have been identified as critical for the growth and immune cells function include; vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, protein, and iron. Incorporating foods rich in these nutrients can help your body to fight viruses more effectively.
There is research that suggests that nutrition can play a part in our mental health and wellbeing. It affects our mood and our cognitive abilities. Unhealthy foods make you feel sluggish and have been found to cause irritability and mood swings. Meanwhile, the extra energy associated with healthy food can boost our mood and make it easier for us to cope with stressful situations. A healthy diet could even maintain our brain health. One study identified that certain nutrients, including vitamin D, vitamin C, and vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids, have the potential to slow cognitive decline and possibly protect against dementia and other degenerative conditions.
At Apex Wellness, we can evaluate your diet to ensure that you are getting the appropriate nutrition needed for optimal wellness and make recommendations where necessary. Schedule your consultation by calling us today.