“When you truly understand that your food choices are powerful and life affirming, you can exercise control and restraint without deprevation.” -Marlene Adelmann
Adopting a healthy diet and eating well is easier said than done for many people. According to a recent study conducted by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, 1 in 5 deaths is related to a poor diet.
This global study found that people are living longer but they are indulging in a diet that is detrimental for good health. Eating a diet that is high in salts and sugars but low in grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins is the key to a premature death.
The benefits of a healthy diet are numerous. Not only will you live longer, prevent deadly diseases and have a higher quality of life but you will also experience the positive effects of healthier eyes, hair, skin and a more productive digestive system.
If that won’t convince you to adopt healthy eating habits, I don’t know what will!
Many are reluctant to embrace a healthy lifestyle because they feel they will have to abandon their delicious guilty pleasures such as crisps, milk chocolate, greasy hamburgers and chips, fried chicken etc. This may be true but there are also numerous food items equally delicious and a lot more beneficial to your overall health.
Saying goodbye to wagon wheels and sausage rolls from Gregg’s and saying hello to an overall healthier life will be easier than you ever thought!
Eating the right foods can prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. (Source: Visual Hunt)
All across the UK, there are many who suffer from seeing impairments. Adopting a healthy diet at a young age with the correct vitamins, minerals and nutrients can prevent you from seeing double in your later years!
To improve eyesight and chase away eye-related conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration, look for foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins C and E. Beta-carotene, that turns into vitamin A when inside your body, is also great to consume.
Alright, so now you might be asking, in what foods do I find these brilliant minerals and vitamins?
Here is a list of foods to consume to improve overall health:
A well-balanced diet of healthy foods can combat potential eye issues. Ingesting the correct vitamins whether through food or dietary supplements (capsules, pills or liquids) is surprisingly easier than you think.
These recipes are extremely easy to reproduce and have what you need to keep your eyes in perfect health!
A great head of hair is beloved by all people. The right nutrients can make your hair shine! (Source: Visual Hunt)
Men and women alike are proven to be more confident if they have healthy, strong, luscious and glowing hair.
If you want a shinier mane, a healthy diet is key.
Not many people know that the condition of your hair is a sign of your internal health.
There are certain foods with essential nutrients that will cause your hair to shine like a star. Here are some of the best aliments to include in your healthy diet:
Premature hair loss and brittle hair can leave ones feeling self-conscious about their looks. Some studies have proven that loss of hair and unhealthy locks are the signs of a poor diet.
Nutritional meals and snacks can create stronger hair follicles and prevent hair loss. Eat the aforementioned food in order to have healthy and enviable locks!
We all age and that is normal but something an excess of wrinkles is the result of a poor diet, too much sun exposure and stress. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Healthy, youthful and glowing skin is one everyone’s wish list. Many are concerned about the appearance and health of their skin since the epidermis is the largest organ making it the easiest to notice.
A dry, wrinkly and acne filled skin is often the result of a poor diet and stress.
A healthy diet with the correct nutrients can turn back the clock and give you a desirable complexion. Taking care of your skin during your youth will pay off in the future when you will have fewer wrinkles.
Here are a few well-chosen, quality foods that will result in healthier and younger looking skin:
All of the above foods are delicious, simple to combine in new recipes, and easy to find in any supermarket near you.
Because adolescence is a vulnerable stage all teenagers want a pimple free skin. Therefore, in order to avoid acne, young adults need to avoid greasy foods that clog pores. Eating healthy as a teenager is not always easy but if the right foods are consumed, a clearer skin will be the end result!
Beets are a great source of fibre and other healthy nutrients that help those with digestive issues. (Source: Visual Hunt)
Tummy issues are all too common in the world today. When suffering from digestive issues, gastronomy becomes a negative experience because one finds himself watching what to eat in order not to wake up with stomach pain in the early hours of the morning.
Problems in the digestive system stem from a poor diet, therefore eating well and adopting a healthy diet can reverse these issues.
One thing is certain, good digestion improves your health and overall well-being.
It is very important to find foods that are a great source of fibre. Luckily, there are many savoury options to choose from such as:
Just as there are helpful foods for a good digestive system and healthy diet, there are also foods to avoid that can make going to the bathroom long and painful.
If you are dealing with a sensitive stomach due to recent digestive issues do not consume spicy, processed or fried foods. Also, try to stay away from caffeine and dairy, both equally as detrimental to healthy digestion.
Drinking plenty of water, approximately 2 litres per day, is highly recommended to help your digestive system. During, before or after meals there really is no inappropriate time. Liquids aid your body to break down foods and prevent constipation.
A delicious pumpkin soup on a cold fall day is not only comforting but rich in cancer-fighting properties. (Source: Visual Hunt)
It is positive to note that men and women in the UK are enjoying longer lifespans, however, these extra few years are spent suffering from many health problems and diseases caused by poor diets and eating habits.
Many life-altering diseases and serious conditions can be treated and prevented by a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Eating well can prevent obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
A regular intake of these certain foods filled with powerful nutrients, minerals and vitamins can avoid the spread of harmful diseases in your precious body:
There are many things that can be done to attain a healthy lifestyle but the most important is adopting a healthy diet. As now seen, a healthy diet is not that difficult to achieve and has a plethora of benefits. Choosing to implement certain foods in your daily diet can result in a healthier body and a happier life!