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13 Major Benefits Of Healthy Eating — No Matter Your Age

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13 Benefits Of A Healthy Diet — No Matter Your Age

Eating a balanced diet, from a wide variety of nutritious, whole foods is vital for your overall well-being. 

For your body to live, grow, and function properly, it requires the essential nutrients from the food you eat for its good health and daily maintenance.

Discover the 13 benefits of a healthy diet, no matter what your age is; it will be the foundation required to take your physical and mental fitness to the next level:

1. Improves immunity.

Vitamins and minerals in the diet are vital to improving immunity and healthy development.

A proper diet can protect the human body against certain types of ailments, in particular, noncommunicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

2. Raises energy.

We’ve all experienced a lethargic feeling after eating too much unhealthy food.

When you eat a balanced diet, you give your body a much-needed boost. Receiving the fuel that you need will manage your energy levels and keep you active throughout the day.

3. Boosts antioxidants.

If you have a history of breast cancer or are currently undergoing cancer treatment, eating well is especially important for you.

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, which are substances that seek and neutralize potentially damaging cells called free radicals.

4. Enhances brain function.

Healthy foods advance your brain power, increasing productivity at the office.

Leafy greens contain antioxidants; protecting brain cells from the damage caused by cognitive decline. Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with improved concentration and mental alertness. The better your focus and attitude, the more effective you will be at work.

5. Relieves stress.

What you eat plays a critical role in stress management. Choosing healthy foods when you’re stressed can impact your mood on a positive note. Helping to relieve tension and stabilize blood sugar, a nutritious diet can send your stress packing.

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6. Supports bone health.

A diet rich in calcium keeps your teeth and bones strong and can help to slow bone loss (osteoporosis) associated with getting older.

As vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, make sure you get outside — your body gets vitamin D from the sun — and have plenty of foods containing vitamin D in your diet.

7. Promotes weight loss.

When you begin to eat healthier, you have more control over your weight with minimal effort.

Make manageable choices — replace soft drinks with water, choose carrots over chips, or order a small salad instead of french fries and watch the pounds melt away.

If you feed your body healthy food you can eat and still lose weight.

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8. Combats disease.

It is a well-known fact that you can fight and prevent disease if you eat healthy foods.

In the words of American physician Mark Hyman, "The most powerful medicine is at the end of your fork, not at the bottom of your pill bottle. Food is more powerful than anything in your medicine cabinet."

9. Elevates youthful appearance.

Let a healthy diet be your personal fountain of youth. Eating nutritious foods promotes enhanced cell growth. Helping you look fresh, your skin is more likely to maintain a youthful, supple, and natural glow.

10. Intensifies happiness.

When you provide your body with adequate nutrition through a well-balanced diet, it is given the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly, and we feel more balanced and happy as a result.

11. Develops muscle tone

If you’re interested in building toned muscles, you need to understand that they are made in the kitchen.

By eating a diet that is rich in whole foods and void of processed foods you will begin to reveal the strong muscles that you have been sculpting in the gym.

12. Deepens sleep.

When your body is fully rested and you are getting the deep sleep you require, your hormones work together and support overall health.

Processed food is typically sugar and fat-laden, making it difficult to wind down at night and hampering your quality of sleep.

13. Fosters family time.

Research reveals that eating together as a family has quantifiable positive effects physically and psychologically on your children.

Kids who eat dinner with their parents have higher grade-point averages, self-esteem, and report being closer to their parents. Family dinners have also been reported in the lowering of high-risk teenage behaviors like smoking, binge drinking, drug use and sexual activity.

Watch Karen Hickson-Smith's TED Talk on the importance of eating together.

The link between your general health and wellness to proper nutrition is overwhelming and much too important to ignore or neglect.

How your body feels today, tomorrow and in the future, to a great extent will depend on your daily food choices. Even if you are at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death.

By following the 13 benefits of healthy eating no matter what you age is, you will be feeding your body the nutrients it needs to stay physically fit and mentally sound.

Judy Molinaro is a wellness coach and master yoga instructor. If you want to learn more about how to eat healthier, contact Judy today.

This article was originally published at Fit You Wellness Solutions. Reprinted with permission from the author.