TOPIC: EFFECTS OF HEALTHY EATING
Last week we discussed on healthy eating habits. This week we will be discussing the EFFECTS OF HEALTHY EATING.
A healthy diet can help individuals make sure they have strong teeth bones thus preventing teeth decay and osteoporosis, when you eat healthy balanced diet, you will feel better and more energized.
When you start exercising you are getting stronger and adding muscle and when you choose healthy foods over carb-heavy meals and empty calories you are improving your gut health, brain function and energy levels.
The food we eat gives our bodies the “information” and materials they need to function properly, if we don’t get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health decline.
If we get too much food or food that gives our bodies the wrong instructions we can become over weight, undernourished and at risk for development of diseases and conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart diseases.
A WELL-BALANCED DIET PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING EFFECTS TO THE BODY: –
Balanced diet provide energy one need to keep active throughout the day, eating also help maintain a healthy weight, deficiencies in some key nutrients such as Vitamin A B C and E, and zinc, iron, sodium and selenium can weaken parts of the immune system.
Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes:
Maintaining a healthy weight and eating balanced diet that’s low in saturated fat and high in fibre found in whole grain can help to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetable, whole grains and low-fat dairy can help to reduce your risk of heart disease by maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and cholesterol can be a symptom of too much salt and saturated fat in your diet, eating a portion of oily fish such as salmon and trout each week can also help to lower risk of developing heart disease.
The high levels of Omega-3 fatty acid in oily fish are good for heart health.
Strong bones and teeth:
A diet rich in calcium keep your teeth and Bones strong and help to slow bone loss (osteoporosis) associated with getting older. Calcium is usually associated with dairy products, but you can also get calcium by eating Sardine, Picard or tinned salmon (with bone), Dark green vegetables such as kale and broccoli, Calcium-fortified foods.
Such as soya products, fruit, juice and cereals. As Vitamin D helps you absorb calcium make sure you get outside (your body get vitamin D from the sun) and have plenty of food containing vitamin D in your diet such as oily fish and fortified cereals.
Maintaining normal body functions:
With aging you may notice you cannot hear quite well, you have trouble remembering, whether we believe it or not and our have a major impact on many body functions which include the Five senses level, Blood pressure, Sugar level, The ability to rebuild tissues and your Balance. As one continues to age practicing a healthy diet can help maintain these body functions.
MAINTAIN HEALTHY WEIGHT:
The quality of food one eats means a lot to the body system, if one eat fried food every day you will not look like the toned body you see in fitness magazine, not only does eating healthy keep your weight down it reduces many diseases.
When one eats a well-balanced diet including vegetables, lean protein, whole grains that are low in trans and saturated fat, you are reducing the risk of getting sick, developing chronic diseases, becoming healthier and living longer.
Mood and energy:
A well-balanced diet helps the mind to function well, vitamins play a role in the operation of neurotransmitters and deficiencies can lead to depression and mood disorders, good nutrition boost energy level, which enable you carry out your daily routine with ease ultimately resulting in a better mood, therefore eat good food.
Provides stress relief:
Similar to the impact vitamin have on your mood, proper nutrition can also provide stress relief by reducing side effects of medications, boosting the immune system help you maintain calming and coping abilities.
In conclusion the importance of consuming the proper nutrients cannot be over emphasized. Effective of healthy diet gives more energy to the body system, ensure better mental function, combat aging, reduce the chances of getting sick and make you look great, in short what we eat is central to our health, and you are what you eat.
Thanks, and God bless.
Meet the Writer
Mrs. Winifred Agbodesi Ighekpe (RN, RM, BNSc) is a professionally qualified Nurse. A sound family planning counselor, Mrs. Winifred is an experienced Health Educator and an expert on Health-related matters, who currently works with the Edo State Primary Health Care Development Agency.
She’s an astute business woman, a church warden and parishioner of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Aruogba, Benin City, Edo State. She’s happily married and blessed with amazing children.