The importance of staying healthy
Today we can hear and read more and more about the importance of health. If you have ever been seriously ill, you know exactly why it is so vital to avoid diseases. One cannot live a whole life while fighting different kinds of medical conditions. In the last few decades the science of medicine has developed at an incredible pace, and this resulted in researches about healthy and unhealthy lifestyles as well. Scientists have found out that an unhealthy diet can lead to several chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, cardiovascular diseases or abnormal blood lipids. To avoid these maladies, we can do a lot ourselves by staying healthy. Apart from exercising on a regular basis and avoiding smoking, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption, we should also watch what we eat.
What to eat and what not to eat
Although there are still countless debates in this area, there is still some consensus among scientists about what sort of foods can be considered beneficial and unbeneficial for our health. Harmful foods include artificial sweeteners like aspartame, processed food like bacon, salami, microwave meals or soft drinks, fast food (hamburger, fries and alike), white flour or foods that contain a high level of white sugar. There are of course many kinds of foodstuff that we don’t have to (and shouldn’t) avoid. These include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products like unprocessed cheese or natural yoghurt (for those who are not lactose intolerant), meat (preferably unprocessed), fish like salmon, nuts like almond, walnut or peanut and seeds.
Why healthy food?
Although unhealthy foods often taste better than healthy ones (due to a high amount of artificial components they contain, like flavor enhancers), there are several good reasons why you should avoid these things and stick to a healthy diet.
- Longer life
This is probably the best reason for eating healthy. According to research, a high consumption of fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fats from olive oil or fish can lengthen your life expectancy. Restricting the calories you take in can also add years to your life.
- Saving money
If living longer is the best reason for a healthy diet, saving money must be a close second. This one especially applies to those who live in a country where there is no public health insurance (like the United States), therefore people need to pay for their own medical treatments. Moreover, eating fast food is often more expensive than cooking something healthy at home.
- Staying in a good shape
If looking good is important to you, then you should eat healthy as well, since unhealthy foods mentioned above often cause obesity. Even if you exercise on a regular basis and thus burn lots of fat, it is much easier to keep fit by consuming healthy food and avoiding foodstuff rich in sugar.
- Feeling good
It is easier to stay in a good mood if your blood sugar is more or less stable. Consuming a high amount of the mentioned healthy foods can help you achieve this.