“You are what you eat.”
We often forget this phrase when it comes to consuming food. Surely there will be days when you can’t cook and rely on takeout, but don’t let unhealthy eating become a habit. Being healthy is a slippery slope and constant efforts need to be put into staying fit and at the top of your health.
Consuming the right food for your body will benefit you in more ways than one.
Skin, hair, and nails
If you are new to clean eating or you are considering it, you should know it benefits the health of your skin, hair, and nails. Hair and nails are made up of the protein keratin. They require similar nutrients to stay healthy. Organic chicken, eggs, lentils, and other protein-rich foods have a great impact on your hair and nails. You’ll find them growing faster and improving in texture too.
When it comes to skin, many problems can be combated with the food you consume. Sun damage, air pollution, greasy or sugary food can ruin the appearance of your skin. You’ll find your skin looking dull, suffering from breakouts, or have clogged pores as a result.
Fatty fish, pineapple, and fresh peppers are great foods for your skin. Incorporate such ingredients in your daily cooking and you’ll see a notable difference in your skin.
Growing up you must have heard about carrots and how they help your eyesight. Good eye has a lot to do with the food you consume. Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C and E are essential for your vision.
Fill up on leafy vegetables, oily fish, eggs, nuts, and citrus. Consuming a well-balanced diet reduces the chances of type 2 diabetes which is known to cause blindness.
Nourishing your body with a balanced diet has been known to benefit your mood. When your body receives the right mix of nutrition it needs, you’ll find yourself more agile, energetic and happy. This doesn’t mean that you don’t indulge in your favourite foods or that you don’t have carbs at all.
Many people, when trying to be healthy, remove carbs from their diet. They then notice a drop in their energy levels and find themselves getting more moody. Don’t cut yourself off from any one food group. The key is to consume them all in moderation. You may think that carbs are all bad, in reality; they fuel your body and give it the energy you need. This is one of the reasons why mac and cheese feels so comforting when you are having a bad day.
Stronger bones and teeth
Consuming a calcium-rich diet helps with bone health. Milk, cheese, cream butter, tinned fish, and dark vegetables are good sources of calcium and should be part of your diet. Such foods help slow down the progression of bone loss that begins to happen as we age.
Vitamin D is an important part of the equation too. This vitamin helps your body absorb calcium. If you are Vitamin D deficient, all the calcium-rich foods you’re having are of no use. Sitting out in the sun for a few minutes every day is a good way to get in some Vitamin D. Other than that, eggs, fish and cereals contain Vitamin D too.
Clean eating has known to help heart health massively. Fast food, processed food, and toxic fat food put immense pressure on the heart. Those with a poor diet are at a higher risk of developing heart disease.
A well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, healthy fats can reduce the risk of heart disease. Blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels are kept at the optimum levels too.
Salt plays a massive role in heart health. Reduce your salt intake to promote heart health. Often, the canned and preserved foods we consume are highly salted. Not only does this affect your heart, it also causes bloating.
A portion of oily fish a week helps heart health too. Omega-3 fatty acids are ideal for heart health.
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