We all know that we should eat healthy foods, but only a few of us can overcome the craving for candy, a greasy burger, or junk food. Following are five reasons you should eat healthy:
1: Eating Healthy Increases Productivity. Your body needs energy to function properly. We get this energy from the foods we eat. The more energy we have, the mire productive we are. Energy is not directly related to the amount of food we eat. It is more closely related to the types of foods we eat. Proteins, fruits, and vegetables give us the energy that will boost our productivity.
2: Enhance Mood. The food we eat affects how our brain and body function. Our body feels good when we feed it healthy foods. If our body feels good, we are often in a good mood. If we eat junk food or other unhealthy food, our bodies don’t feel so great and this can be reflected in our mood.
3: Regulate Weight. Obesity contributes to 20% of American deaths. Eating healthy can help to reduce body weight. According to the Obesity Action Coalition, reducing your body weight can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Simple healthy choices go a long way. These choices can be as simple as drinking water or a low sugar juice instead of soda, replacing fried foods with fresh vegetables or fruits, etc.
4: Be healthier. Not everybody who is thin is healthy, and not everyone who is overweight is unhealthy. What we eat and what we do throughout the day determines if we are healthy or not. It is crucial that we get the vitamins and minerals our body needs to function properly. By controlling what we eat, we can ensure that our body has all of the nutrients it needs.
5: Live Longer. A healthy diet can add years to your life. Many diseases and terminal illnesses can be avoided simply by eating a healthy diet. Avoiding junk foods, greasy/fatty foods, and other unhealthy foods will ultimately result in a happier and longer life.
Next time you have to make the decision between an unhealthy and a healthy food, remember the saying: “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away!”