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How Nutrition Impacts your Health

Unhealthy eating habits have caused about ⅓ of U.S adults and ¼ of U.S children to be obese. Even for people at a healthy weight, poor food choices can cause major health issues such as heart diseases, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and even certain types of cancer. By making smart food choices, you don't only make yourself look better, but also keep yourself from deadly sicknesses. Overall, a healthy diet Is:

  • The basis for a well-functioning body
  • The energy source for our body and mind's functioning
  • Helps prevent unwanted negative health conditions
  • An amazing way to manage weight

Eating healthy foods full of protein, carbohydrates and fats are one of the key factors to a healthy person's life. A healthy diet also helps maintain an ideal body as well as keep you in a great mental state. Properly planning your food schedule and balancing out foods with calories and nutrients can help provide the fuel it needs to properly function while avoiding any weight gain. On the other hand, a poor diet has been directly linked with diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certains types of cancers. Foods which are rich with cholesterol can raise levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the blood which contributes to the arterial damage which can be found in atherosclerosis.

A healthy nutritional diet should include the following:

  • Oily fish
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Wheat germ
  • Oatmeal

A healthy nutritional diet should NOT include the following:

  • Sugary drinks
  • White bread
  • Most fruit juices
  • Industrial vegetable oils
  • Margarine
  • All sorts of pastries
  • Ice Cream
  • Candy bars
  • Processed meats
  • Processed cheese
  • Most fast food meals
  • High calorie coffee drinks

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