Many people think that a healthy diet is only meant for people trying to lose weight or in body building programs. To me, this seems short-sighted. Healthy eating habits are important for everyone, independent of lifestyle, physical activities and weight goals. I wanted to focus on the broader aspect of maintaining fitness and living free of health problems by discussing some additional benefits of eating healthier, more nutritious food.
1. Lower Risk of Cardiac Diseases
Some of the major consequences of an unhealthy diet, particularly one with a fair amount of fast food, includes weight gain, high cholesterol and triglyceride secretion. Over a prolonged period, these three issues lead to rigid plaque formation in the arteries, which blocks the proper flow of blood and hormones. All this can lead to many cardiac diseases. The soluble fiber and healthy fat from foods like avocados, nuts, whole grain cereals, olive oil and fish help slowly eliminate the cholesterol and plaque to keep your heart healthy.
2. Regulated Metabolism and Digestive System Functioning
The biggest impact of eating a balanced diet with appropriate amounts of macronutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates), vitamins, minerals, and fiber is on regulating the normal functioning of the body's metabolism. Reduced basal metabolic rate (BMR) is one of the major causes of rapid weight gain. If you are trying to lose weight, a healthy diet plan can be boost your metabolism in your body to a more normal rate. But in general, a healthy diet also aids in proper functioning of your digestive system.
3. Proper Hormone and Enzyme Secretion
The body requires adequate nutrition, but mainly essential vitamins and minerals, for the production and regulation of hormones and enzymes in the body. These are responsible for combatting microorganisms and diseases that enter the body; maintaining your immune system, growth and repair of the tissues; and proper functioning of the organs. When you take vitamin- and mineral-enriched foods in proper quantities every day, these micronutrients help in the development of hormone glands and their proper secretion of hormones and enzymes.
4. Balance Blood Sugar Levels
Refined foods, soda, sweets and other sugary edibles are very high in glucose content. Too much concentration of sugar in the body over the time causes it to resist the normal secretion of insulin responsible for eliminating excess glucose in the blood. Fiber rich grains such as brown rice, whole wheat bread, oats and other whole grain cereals lower the release of carbohydrates into the blood stream to properly balance sugar levels.
5. Protection against Premature Aging
The body needs the proper supply of antioxidants to prevent the cell damage that causes premature aging. Antioxidants can be found in fruits, honey and leafy vegetables, and stop the production of free radicals that cause this cell damage. This helps slow wrinkle formation, blemishes, and other signs of aging to help you maintain healthier, younger-looking skin.
Healthy eating is not about compromising taste. You will find several yummy recipes that perfectly compliment the healthy diet for weight loss and glowing skin. Transitioning from unhealthy snacking and fast food consumption to a balanced diet plan takes some effort and motivation, but is well worth the benefits.