You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of truth to it!
While it’s a pretty safe bet that eating chocolate every day won’t turn you into a Hershey’s bar, the food you eat can have a big impact on your overall health and well-being. Nutrient-rich foods supply your body with the fuel it needs to repair and maintain itself while reducing your risk of illness.
The right food can help to keep you healthy, and there’s evidence to show that many of the chronic diseases that Americans experience can be prevented by maintaining a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.
Let’s take a look and see how nutrition plays a major part in helping you to maintain your health.
Carbohydrates; the starches and sugars that are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and dairy, are your body’s main source of energy. Carbohydrates may get a bad rap, but they’re vitally important. They’re also necessary for the production of glucose, the fuel that your brain uses to communicate between neurons.
By now, most of us recognize the importance of protein. Protein is needed for tissue repair and helps you to build lean muscle. It also helps support your immune system and the production of hormones and enzymes. Look for lean protein sources in poultry, fish, dairy, nuts, and legumes.
People tend to steer clear of fat – but, in moderation, fat can actually help you to maintain a healthy weight. It’s also necessary for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Look to reduce saturated fats in your diet and increase your monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (found in olive oil, canola, and vegetable oils). Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are also found in nuts, avocado, and fish.
Vitamins and Minerals
Finally, they’re small but powerful! Vitamins and minerals, also known as micronutrients, are necessary for the immune system's health, and growth and development. Vitamins can be found in fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, seeds, eggs, dairy, and meat.
As you can see, the best approach is to eat a wide variety of healthy foods to ensure that you’re getting enough nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in your diet. Make healthy choices; your body will thank you for it!
What are your favorite healthy foods?