You’d think it would be basic common knowledge by now that good nutrition is important (likely the most important factor) in living healthy, long lives. But, alas, some people still don’t get it. You see people non-stop forging garbage into their bodies and then wondering while they are unhappy, unhealthy, overweight, tired, lethargic, have acne, etc. <– This list goes on and on.
Here it is:
In order for our bodies to function properly and stay healthy, it is important that we follow a good nutritious diet. Good nutrition provides energy and the building blocks of muscle.
The more you know about the importance of nutrition, the better the good food will taste. Increasing your knowledge on the importance of good nutrition will make healthy foods more appealing to you, not only because of the taste but also because of their nutritional content. It’s fun to eat when you truly understand what you’re putting into your body.
Vitamins and minerals are important nutrients our bodies need in order to not only function properly, but also allow chemical reactions to occur at a faster rate.
If we think about food as fuel, and even medicine, for our bodies it can give us a better understanding of the role nutrition plays in our overall health, and guide us in making better food choices.
We want to achieve longevity and increased energy and promote growth and happiness, and proper nutrition can assist in all of that. This does not mean you can’t indulge in “treats” (i.e. the craptastic foods like baked goods and chocolate) on occasion, it means you have to limit putting them in your body and be wiser to the effect the crap foods have on your health. BALANCE is vital to good health and well-being.
We know from research that a healthy diet can lower risk of stroke, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, some cancers, and diabetes (to name just a few ailments). Choosing healthier foods and following a proper nutrition plan can also provide mental clarity and clean up hormonal imbalances. (<–This is part of the reason I love the Whole 30 Program so much.) And aside from all of this, eating better really just makes one feel better. You don’t usually get the same satisfaction from French fries and frozen dinners that you get from fresh produce and lean proteins.
The growing epidemic of poor health and obesity and preventable diseases can all be reversed by living healthier – following a healthy and nutritious diet and exercising.
What is comes down to – eating the right foods is as important as the air we breathe. Choose wisely.