How does eating healthy affect your body?

You need food to survive but what if the foods you eat actually do more harm than good. While eating may ensure your survival, not eating well could very well cut your life short and cause some serious health effects that could really diminish your overall quality of life.

By now you are probably wondering which foods could be having adverse effects on your health. Basically, anything with high amounts of sugar or salt are considered unhealthy. Canned and packaged foods with preservatives and unnatural additives such as food coloring and artificial flavorings are also not considered healthy foods. Some of the worst offenders when it comes to unhealthy foods are frozen TV-type dinners, soda pop, potato chips, and deli meats. The way you prepare your food also makes a difference. Healthier food can be made unhealthy by frying it or saturating it with unhealthy condiments. Now if you see some of your favorite foods on this list, you can still enjoy them in moderation. There is no need to cut anything out completely but it’s important to reduce these foods for optimal health.

So when it comes to healthy eating, what foods should you be looking for? Well, let’s start with the basics. Organic, fresh fruits and vegetables are always a healthy choice. You may want to use a food guide to give you an idea of how much you should be eating from each major food group each day. For best results, healthy eating should include protein-rich foods, dairy in moderation, vitamin-rich foods and grains to maximize your fiber intake. Be careful of foods that seem healthy but really aren’t. Fruit juice might have fruit in it but many juices are loaded with sugar and other additives. Reading labels is the best way to keep track of what you are buying. When it comes to healthy eating, there are a few other things that you can. Drink plenty of water and supplement with vitamins and minerals as needed. A simple blood test can tell you what you are deficient in so you know what supplements are best for you to take.

Now for the good stuff. If you are going to give up or reduce your favorite foods, I’m betting you want to know what’s in it for you. Well, a lot actually. Studies have proven that healthy eating not only helps with weight loss and overall health, but it also has some pretty specific benefits such as prevention of many diseases such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s. The reason it helps reduce these things is that eating healthy keeps various systems in the body, such as the colon, free of toxins. Other benefits of healthy eating include:
Stronger immune system
Better sleep
More energy
Clearer mind
Healthier skin and hair
Better mobility into the older years

Most grocery stores these days have an entire aisle or two dedicated to healthier foods and your local health food store will have a nice selection of fresh foods and beneficial supplements.