You know the saying “you are what you eat?” Well, whoever said it just might be on to something. Good nutrition can have a positive impact not just on your waistline, but on your life and health in general. On the other hand, if you’re not eating smart it can have the opposite effect on you down the road. In fact, even if you’re at a healthy weight, a poor diet can cause future illnesses. So, in honor of National Nutrition Month, we’ve compiled some great reasons – that don’t have a thing to do with your weight or weight loss – why eating right can be exactly the right thing when it comes to your future wellbeing.
Our heart is the most important muscle in our bodies. If we don’t take care of it today, we could be looking at trouble tomorrow. There’s been a lot of talk around red meat not being good for our hearts. But what it really seems to be, according further research by Harvard scientists, is processed red meat like ham, bacon, sausages and salami. So it’s important to enjoy these meats only once in a while. Now, what should you eat? Almonds are a good bet – they have been linked to reducing heart disease.
Who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep? Who wouldn’t like to sleep even better? A good night’s sleep has proven to be a key factor in our overall wellness. But did you know that research is telling us that eating the right foods can help with better sleep? It is! Foods that have been tied to getting high quality shut-eye at night include kiwis and tart cherry juice. Other foods that will keep you from having to count sheep include fish, whole grains, nuts and dark leafy greens. Better nutrition equals better sleep. And better sleep means you’ll be looking and feeling great for years to come!
Visible signs of aging are usually associated with your skin and your skin’s health. But healthy skin doesn’t just come from proper sunscreen and moisturizers. Great skin starts from the inside out. You have to give your skin the right nutrients to keep it glowing for the rest of your life. Polyphenols, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can all help protect your skin from premature aging. These are found in fruits, veggies and fish. And did you know that lycopene – mostly found in tomatoes – protects against skin-damaging ultraviolet rays? So, bring on those romas, beefsteaks or cherries – they’re good for you inside and out!
It almost goes without saying that if you’re looking and feeling better that your mood will improve along with that. But in fact, research suggests that it isn’t just those things that are improving your mood. It’s that when you eat more fruits and vegetables you’ll have more energy and feelings of happiness in general. Not only does this happen on the day that you’re eating increased amounts of produce, but the feelings can last throughout the next day. So when you’re eating well, you can count on having a happier tomorrow!
These reasons for eating healthy are just the beginning of what good nutrition has to offer you throughout your life. It can also help protect against diseases like cancer and osteoporosis, improve your workouts, boost your brainpower and lengthen your life overall. With the proper nutrition, your future will be looking pretty bright! Think of it as fuel for your best future. If we can help you at all with tips and suggestions for healthy eating, please don’t hesitate to reach out.