By invited publisher, St Croix Health and Fitness
I’ve talked about how proper nutrition can help you shed some unwanted pounds, but nutrition can do more than just help you lose weight. In fact, it’s the best way to help your health overall. You’ve heard the saying that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. So nutrition definitely has some merit. The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, also exclaimed, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” Doctors today give a Hippocratic Oath before practicing medicine. Yet they barely know anything about nutrition.
Nutrition in of itself does wonders for your body, but it also helps you with your other efforts to get fit. Exercise will yield the best results when fueled by proper nutrients, and the extra energy can make your whole lifestyle more productive and active.
In addition to losing weight, good nutrition can also help you build muscle, give you more energy, it will lower certain health risks, and it will just make you feel good. Below, I’ll list some examples to show that giving up unhealthy food is well worth the trade.
You’ll need good nutrition for whatever kind of muscle mass you want to gain. Some people want lean muscle, others want more bulk. Muscle burns more calories. Either way, you’re going to have to eat right to achieve this.
No matter how much you workout, garbage food can’t be turned into anything else once it goes into your body. Working out can help you get rid of this stuff that’s been fattening you up and clogging your veins, but you need to start taking in good stuff to replace what’s going out. Turning fat into muscle takes nutrients, not just push-ups. Nutrition can play a vital role.
Make sure you’re eating lots of foods that are rich in protein and good carbs, especially if muscle mass is what you’re going for.
Have More Energy
Lack of energy seems to be a crisis for people these days. Commercials for energy drinks and energy shots are becoming more and more frequent. Instead of looking for a temporary pick-me-up every few hours, you should tackle the problem at its source: how you fuel your body. Once you have been learned more about nutrition, you will know that you don’t have to experience these spikes.
Lack of energy occurs primarily from how you treat yourself in your day to day routine. What you eat plays a pivotal role in this. Vitamins and nutrients keep a body and mind healthy and active. When you start eating right, you can find yourself getting out of bed easier, being more active, doing work faster, get more enthusiastic about something, and all around be able to fit more into your day; both work and play.
Physical activities will seem less demanding for you. You’ll no longer dread something as miniscule as not getting a good parking space at a store. Mental activities will also become easier. As your veins are cleared of unhealthy gunk and your heart becomes healthier, more blood and oxygen will be carried to your brain at a more effective pace. Your energy will spike the productivity of your body and mind alike.
Caffeine and sugar are also terrible for your body. I strongly believe that good health leads to more good health. It’s like the snowball effect. Once you start eating right and have more natural energy, you’ll never miss the coffees, sodas and energy drinks that you cut back on, if not got rid of entirely. Now, you can focus on drinks like water, that won’t dehydrate you or spike your blood sugar.
Less Health Risks
In general terms, knowledge of nutrition and a healthy body will have an easier time rolling with the punches of whatever life throws at it. If you’ve been using nutrition to help get yourself in shape, you can recover from injuries faster, as well as have a reduce risk of sustaining serious injuries from an accident in the first place. Colds, and nearly any illness can be fought back with more effective results.
More specifically, certain cancers, heart diseases, diabetes and other debilitating diseases and conditions are far more likely to occur in an unhealthy and overweight individual. People who understand how nutrition affects these diseases and modifies their diets much better off than those who don’t.
All around, the new found health will make you feel happier. Bad health leads to lack of energy, depression, and all around lower quality of life.
It’s true that getting in shape will make you feel good about yourself, but that’s not the main point I’m making here. You just genuinely feel better in general. Your body and mind are healthier, and it feels good. You’re on track to living a happier, longer, fuller life.
And it all starts with good nutrition. Eating right is important. There’s a lot more that a healthy life has to offer you than the brief pleasure of healthy foods. Stocking up on veggies, lean meat, and fruit is a good start. Throw out the sugar, educate yourself about nutrition, and never look back.
Category: Healthy diet