The food you eat on a day-to-day basis is potentially the key to how long you will live and what the quailty of your life will be.
Eating Healthy Can Help You Prevent Chronic Disease
In the US, the main causes of death are related to chronic disease, which ultimately comes from living an unhealthy lifestyle. Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking, and excessive alcohol use are the top causes of chronic disease. This includes cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Food Choices Affect Your Mental Health
Don’t think that it’s just your physical health that’s affected by what you eat. The foods you consume are also important to the condition of your mental health. Research indicates that food choices are linked to mental health. In a review published in July 2016 in Clinical Nutrition Research, study it was reported that a nutrient-dense diet full of vitamins and minerals is associated with a lower risk for mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
You May Lose Weight By Eating a Healthy Diet
Being overweight is associated with an increased risk of these detrimental health conditions, according to the CDC, and weight loss can be an important piece of the puzzle toward achieving better physical wellness. A diet of high-quality foods in which you pay attention to portion sizes can also help you achieve a healthy weight, according to the Mayo Clinic. Want to know what another piece of the puzzle is? Eating mindfully. You should stop eating the moment you feel full, and avoid eating too fast or for emotional reasons.