Benefits of healthy eating
Nutrition is very important for people’s quality of life. Find out some of the benefits of maintaining a balanced and healthy diet.
Healthy eating is often confused with dieting, but this is not the case. Eating a varied diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, etc., brings many benefits such as stimulating the brain, preventing diseases, maintaining a healthy heart, and feeling better.
If you consider that your diet is not 100% healthy, it is recommended that you begin to take small steps to gradually incorporate a more varied and balanced diet according to your age and lifestyle.
Some of the benefits of eating healthy
Protect your immune system
The immune system’s mission is to protect us from pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria, by attacking these invading germs. Eating healthy foods is an excellent way to strengthen your immune system and protect it from pathogenic organisms.
Prevent eye problems and keep your eyes healthy.
Eating foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins keeps your eyes healthy and helps prevent certain diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
To maintain good blood flow and lubrication of your eyes, consume foods rich in vitamin A, present in orange-colored foods such as carrots. It is also important to consume green leafy vegetables rich in lutein and zeaxanthin to maintain clear central vision.
Keep your skin healthy
The skin protects us from external factors such as the sun, bacteria, chemicals, and temperature. Because it is so exposed, it is very important to keep it healthy. You should drink plenty of water to keep it hydrated and consume foods rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and antioxidants to prevent premature aging. These nutrients are present in fruits and tubers, especially orange ones, such as carrots and pumpkins.
Keeps your teeth resistant
We recommend consuming foods rich in vitamins C, D, and calcium to prevent tooth demineralization and maintain good dental health. In addition, foods high in fiber help the teeth self-clean mechanically.
Keeps you strong
To keep your muscles strong, include in your diet foods rich in protein and healthy fats from natural foods, such as avocado, nuts, turkey, oatmeal, olives, etc.
Improve brain performance
Incorporate foods rich in Omega-3 such as walnuts, sesame, fish, and avocado to improve your brain’s productivity and performance. In addition, vegetables, fruits, fish, and nuts help increase your ability to concentrate and decrease memory impairment.
Do not forget to incorporate calcium-rich foods such as dairy products, fish, fruits, and vegetables if you want to keep your bones strong.
Helps to improve the digestive system
Regulate your intestinal transit with foods rich in probiotics and fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole-grain products, legumes, and dairy products.
Kefir is an excellent choice if you have constipation or intestinal problems. It is a probiotic food obtained from the ferment of bacteria and yeast, which improves flora and intestinal transit.
When we are stressed our body consumes more vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and omega-3. So it is important to replenish these nutrients that are indispensable, including in our diet fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and fish rich in these nutrients.
If you are anxious or stressed we recommend consuming foods such as citrus fruits, matcha tea, and fish, as they have the ability to moderate the production of stress-inducing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Visit Be Well Primary Care where you will find lots of great information and practical advice about health.