The Benefits of Life Long Healthy Eating

We all know that we should eat five portions of fruits and vegetables every day, and that eating an apple is better for your waistline than reaching for another cheeseburger. But the health benefits and ramifications of healthy eating are much more wide reaching than simply the effect on weight and BMI: eating a healthy and balanced diet in the long term can mean that you live longer and that you are healthier, more energized, and happier.

Fight of Illness

Eating an unhealthy and fat rich diet can be a huge risk factor in leading to chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. All of these illnesses can be life shortening, and they all have devastating and uncomfortable side effects too.  If you miss out on too much of the protein, vitamins and minerals that your body needs, your muscle mass will decrease as your fat stores increase, meaning that your body won’t have the strength that it needs to fight off common illnesses. A recent study conducted by researchers in China on a huge target group of 6,000 women found that women who ate diets rich in antioxidant rich cruciferous vegetables (such as cabbage, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower and kale) had a much lower chance of developing breast cancer after menopause than those eating an unhealthy and fat rich diet. Extensive additional research estimates that at least 30% of breast cancer examples are linked to the consistent consumption of a poor diet.

Other vulnerable groups can benefit from utilizing a healthy and nutritionally rich diet to enhance their health and reduce their risk of succumbing to illness: There is no one that can’t benefit from eating a balanced and healthy diet in the long term. Research has found that Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) can even play a vital and essential role in helping those in recovery from addiction and alcoholism to bring their body’s back to full health and help they overcome the nutritional deficiencies and other adverse health effects that can play such a huge role in the lives of these individuals.

You’ll Show Less Signs of Aging

The result that the aging process will have on your face and skin is largely controlled by genetics, however that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you can do to help yourself to age gracefully: and we don’t mean by simply reaching for the botox! Fruits and vegetables that contain high levels of antioxidants can help to protect your skin and keep it looking plump and youthful without any needles required: fresh berries and salmon (which is rich in essential omega 3) have both been shown to improve the health of your skin cells, and whist there is no magical cure that can help prevent aging, eating the right foods can certainly help to slow the signs of premature aging. Given that the life expectancy of those individuals who commit to lifelong healthy eating and eat consistently nutritionally balanced diets is much longer, these aging benefits are particularly helpful. One study found that by exercising regularly, in conjunction with eating a healthy vegetable rich diet, most women could extend their lives long into their 70s.

You’ll Be Happier and More Productive                    

The body is a finely tuned engine that needs the right kinds of fuels in order to run most efficiently, and in order to have a productive body it is important that you are putting the right fuel in it: that means eating fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants, healthy omega 3 rich fishes and lean meats, and avoiding nutritionally invalid junk foods such as French fries and cheeseburgers. Eating a healthy balanced diet will ensure that you are up to 66% more productive within your day to day life, and choosing the right kinds of fruits and vegetables will also make you feel happier and more fulfilled. Foods such as bananas and dark chocolate contain high levels of dopamine, which is known to boost mood and to also boost serotonin, meaning that when you are having a bad day, a dark chocolate covered banana could be just the snack you need to get back on track!

Gemma Hyam (5 Posts)


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