If you’re wondering what the benefits of good nutrition are you’ll be glad to know there are many. Proper nutrition is important because it is linked with your health. When you eat nutrition dense foods you are giving your body the necessary building blocks for your body systems to function over your lifetime as well as fuel your body. This article today will focus on 5 benefits good nutrition
By eating a proper diet of lean protein, green leafy vegetables, healthy fats and unprocessed carbohydrates you will enjoy many health benefits and will be able to reduce the risk of heart disease, help control your weight, increase your energy levels, improve your brain health and increase your teeth and bone strength.
Here are details of 5 benefits Good Nutrition:-
1. Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
If your current diet consists of too many saturated fats, cholesterol, trans fat and sodium you are putting yourself at a greater risk of heart disease. In particular too many trans fats and saturated fats will damage your artery walls creating plaques and increases your blood cholesterol levels. These things will increase your chance of heart disease.
By avoiding these fats and replacing them with “healthier fats” such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats you will decrease the likelihood of having higher blood pressure and unhealthy levels of cholesterol.
Good sources of these healthy fats include: avocados, oily fish, nuts and seeds.
2. Help Control Your Weight
By eating the same amount of calories that you expend on a daily basis you will be able to maintain a healthy body fat percentage and weight level. If you eat more calories than you expend in a day then your body will store this energy as body fat. In general, nutrient dense foods such as vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains contain less calories than highly processed foods and sugars. Not to mention they contain a high amount of nutrients that your body needs to function and stay healthy.
3. Increase Your Energy Levels
You can experience the immediate benefit of increased energy levels by switching to a healthy diet. You can prevent blood sugar fluctuations by eliminating sugars, refined carbohydrates and excess fats such as white breads or sweets & lollies. Unprocessed carbohydrates take a longer time to digest and release energy at a steady rate, meaning your blood sugar will not go through large spikes and dips. Examples of good carbohydrates include vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
4. Improve Your Brain Health
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the risk of higher cholesterol levels and Alzheimer’s disease is linked with diets rich in saturated fat and cholesterol. You can reduce this risk however by having a higher level of ‘healthy fats’ (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) in your diet. Moreover these will help protect brain cells and lower cholesterol levels.
5. Increase Teeth and Bone Strength
Throughout our life healthy bones and teeth are necessary and become increasingly more important as we age. To prevent bone loss we should consume enough calcium to maintain a healthy level of bone density and strength. Good sources of calcium include:
Dairy Products: yoghurt, cheese, milk
Dark Green Vegetables – broccoli, bok choy
As we’ve learned there are many benefits to good nutrition including reducing your risk of heart disease, controlling your weight, increasing your energy levels, improving your brain health and increasing your teeth and bone strength.
Let these 5 benefits good nutrition start you on your path to a healthier life today!
If you still need further advice on good nutrition there are some great books that you can read which give great information on eating healthily. The ones that I recommend are as follows:-
Check them out if you are interested
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