We all know the saying that goes, "You are what you eat." There's another one that goes, "One should eat to live, not live to eat." Basically, we understand that eating healthy is extremely important, but too few of us really take this seriously, and result of this is the ubiquity of diseases such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, tumors, and countless others. Wait--did I just list something as trivial as obesity with something as fatal as cancer? Keep reading, and you'll see the link between the two.
- Eating healthy helps you live longer, mainly in two ways:
The first way is pretty obvious; if you’re eating healthy, then you’re not eating junk food. And if you’re not eating junk food, you’re not putting toxins in your body that will build up over time, and eventually kill you. No, I’m not exaggerating here. Over time, junk food will kill you. The chemicals contained in junk food were not meant to be digested by our bodies. When we eat these things, our digestive system sometimes does not know how to deal with these chemicals, because it was not designed to consume these things. So, not knowing what else to do, our stomach just sends the chemicals to the liver. Let him deal with it. And from that point, it just stays in the liver, year after year and unless you clean your liver out, these toxins build up over time and cause cancer and many other lethal illnesses. Note that this does not only happen in the liver, but in your intestines as well. Junk that your intestines are simply not able to deal with, ends up getting stuck to your intestinal walls. This also builds up over time, (sometimes adding a considerable amount of weight to your body mass) and causes cancer and other harmful diseases. So just by not eating junk food, you avoid premature death via cancer.
The second way by which eating healthy helps you live longer, is commonly referred to as anti-aging. I’m talking about antioxidants. Here’s how it works: During normal cellular functions, a process called oxidation sometimes occurs to some of your cells. This damages your cells and knocks off a few pieces of the affected cell. That cell, (now known as a free radical) then goes on a rampage to find something to replace the missing piece, and in the process, harming other cells. It’s nothing serious; it’s a natural process that happens to everyone, and it only happens to about two percent of your cells. Oxidation is known to be the reason that people age. Antioxidants capture these free radicals and stop them from doing any further harm, therefore, slowing down your aging process.
- Eating healthy food suppresses your appetite.
Think about it. If you cut out all the junk food - which has little or no nutrition - and start eating foods that are full of things that your body needs, will your body be asking for food more or less often? The reason we get hungry is because our bodies require nutrition, not just any food that’ll fill up the space in our stomach. That’s why when we eat food that is devoid of nutrients, we get hungry again after a while; our bodies didn’t get what it needed the first time. If you eat only nutritious foods, you’ll be hungry a lot less often, because you give your body what it needs the first time, so it doesn’t have to ask you for it again ten minutes later.
Most people who don’t eat nutritious foods, say “What’s the point of being healthy if I can’t enjoy nice food once in a while?” But the truth is, if it was really just once in a while it would be okay. But it’s when they completely disregard the nutritional value of their food that it becomes a problem. And that, unfortunately, is what many people do. It’s okay to eat foods that you like, once in a while. But you need to remember not to go overboard, and to always give your body the nutrition it needs.
- Eating healthy will also make you feel more energetic,
and as a result, you’ll feel better, be more active, and be able to do more things with your life. On the other hand, if you eat junk food, you’ll always feel tired. The reason for this goes back to digestion, which we previously mentioned. Your body has a hard time digesting junk food, and therefore expends a lot of energy trying to digest it. This draws blood away from your brain and limbs, leaving you tired. Healthy foods, on the other hand, are digested more easily. Aside from digestion, junk foods that include caffeine and sugar make you crash after a while, and you end up feeling more tired than you started out. Eventually, you become dependent on these things as your body stops producing its own natural caffeine, seeing that it’s getting it from an outside source.
A lot of my friends say that “I always eat junk food, and I still feel energetic!” But that’s the problem. You always eat junk food. So you’ve never eaten healthy before and can't know how it truly feels to have your body functioning optimally. Maybe you’re gifted, and you can eat junk food all the time and still not feel lethargic. So imagine how much better it would feel if you ate healthy.|
- When you eat healthy, it helps your brain work better.
And that helps you do good in school and make better life decisions. Like the decision to eat healthy.
Rita Carter, writer of the article “The Brain Diet: Eating the right foods can improve your memory, lift your mood and help you concentrate for longer” tells us the benefits of going on a brain diet, which means going on a diet and eating foods that are good for your brain which will help to improve your memory. Our memory allows us to recall on events that’s have happened in the past we tend to remember most about events when we are excited so we are able to recall better when we feeling emotional. Incorporating foods like cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage have been known to help improve memory. In order for a person a feel good their brain has to let out neurotransmitters called dopamine this allows us to feel good and give us an energetic drive and feel pleasure. When our brain doesn’t receive these neurotransmitters we can be left feeling lonely or depressed. When we consume foods that’s are high in sugar when get that rush of dopamine also called a “sugar-rush” but after that rush is over it can dramatically just drop leaving you feeling weak and tired throughout the rest of your day. Eating a breakfast that consists of bacon and eggs and if you’re a vegetarian then you can eat fruits such as apples and bananas or dairy products like yogurt even beans and several types of nuts ! These are all also known to increase the level of dopamine in your brain. How often do you find yourself dosing off whether it’s while driving or in class during a lecture. If you do, then you probably don’t have good powers of concentration which allows the brain to send messages between your brain cells. There are ways that you can improve that and that is by making sure that you eat three meals a day so that you receive the necessary nutrients that you need every day. It also helps to snack on seeds and walnuts.
- Eating healthy makes you look sexier,
and therefore, feel better about yourself. Paired with a good exercise routine, it will help you develop a healthy figure. Cutting the junk food out of your diet will give you a slim figure. I mentioned, previously that junk food causes a buildup of junk along the walls of your intestines. This buildup is why sometimes even skinny people have a big gut; because it’s not fat, it’s junk in your stomach that needs to be cleaned out by eating lots of fiber. The point I want to make here is that eating healthy can give you a slim stomach. It can also give you clear skin and lean muscle tone, if you eat the right vitamins and nutrients. All of this put together makes you feel better about how you look.
A lot of people don’t like this idea of using looks as a reason to be healthy, because they find it shallow. Personally, I take care of my health so that I can have the energy to live a full life each and every day; so looks aren’t my primary motivation either. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with eating healthy because you want to look good. It’s natural, and everyone wants to be good-looking regardless of whether or not they want to admit it. You might as well use it as motivation to take care of your health.
There really is no good excuse not to eat healthy. Making small changes in what we put in our bodies can drastically change our lives for the better. We only have one body, and we need to take care of it before it’s gone. If we eat the things that our bodies were meant to eat, then we’ll be able to live the way we were meant to live.