Did you know your body is constantly replacing old cells with new ones? Nutrients the body takes in allow for proper and healthy cell regeneration. So if your body isn’t absorbing the proper nutrients, doesn’t it stand to reason that your body won’t be able to function to its utmost potential?
Refined and processed foods do not supply the body any valuable nutrients. Natural, organic, and whole foods help your body function properly. If cell regeneration, also known as the aging process, is slowed because you are taking in proper nutrients from proper foods, then the process accelerates if you take in unhealthy and processed foods.
But food and nutrients go far beyond cell regeneration. What you put in your body may do wonders of good for you, or do some serious harm. Changing your eating habits sounds like a small and simple thing, but think of the difference between eating a greasy hamburger from the drive through and a home-cooked meal you prepared yourself. If anything, you will at the very least know what’s going into your body since you cooked it.
Consider what your body needs: calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D promote healthy teeth and bones and help prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin D can be found in fortified cereals, fish, and – most brilliantly – sunshine! Non-fat dairy products and dark green, leafy vegetables are where to find your calcium. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains provide fiber needed to preserve a healthy digestive system. If you’ve experienced an irregular digestive system, you know how terribly unpleasant this is. Foods rich in fiber include apples, pears, raspberries, dates, corn, bran cereals, oatmeal, potatoes with skins, dried beans, whole grain pasta, edamame, and broccoli. Water, as wonderful as it is, also helps regulate your digestive system.
Rich in protein, foods like meat, fish, and beans reduce muscle loss caused by aging. High-protein foods can also help with physical and emotional stress. And fatty-oils from fish, nuts, seeds, olives, and coconut are actually good for you. What you need to stay away from are the saturated fats or trans fats. Examples would be the kinds of fats you find in ice-cream, lard or shortening. Be wary of baked goods which contain tons of trans fats. Consider replacing one with another, instead of coating a pan in shortening use olive oil or coconut oil – now a great alternative for frying.
Nutrition can do real wonders. Fruits have vitamins and antioxidants that promote your immune system. Vegetables provide energy, fiber, and can regulate blood sugar. Nuts offer Omega-3 fats – the good kind which reduces your cholesterol levels. Nutritious foods can decrease your risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and even depression. Consider healthy eating habits to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When you eat out and while your grocery list be aware of what you’re putting into your body. Proper nutrition works on the inside and outside by promoting healthy skin, hair, eyes, nails, and that’s just the beginning!