The Effect Nutrition Has On Your Life
When you’re enjoying a greasy burger from your favorite diner or scoffing down that tenth cookie while watching TV, you’re probably not thinking about what your food choices in terms of nutrition or what they could mean for you down the road. Sure, you may think about how eating certain foods will keep you from looking good or fitting into your favorite jeans, but maybe it’s time to stop and think about the effect that nutrition has on your life over all.
That old saying ‘you are what you eat’ does have some truth to it. If you find yourself constantly ingesting heavy or fatty foods, then chances are good that you too will eventually become heavy and…well…fatty. Never mind that poor nutrition can lead to obesity which on its own puts you at increased risk for dozens of other conditions, but it will also begin to effect your quality of life. Poor food choices can cause you to feel less energetic to downright sluggish! It can make you feel low when you crash from a sugar-induced rush and it can keep you from enjoying the activities that you hold dear. And like every other vicious circle, it will eventually lead to making your loved ones suffer because you’re not the energetic, vivacious person you once were.
To expand further into nutrition’s impact on the way you feel and live, studies have found that there is a connection between certain nutrients and depression. By depriving yourself of certain vitamins and minerals—B-12 being a big one—you are making it difficult for your body to tackle depression. You are even practically bringing it on by filling your bloodstream with toxins as opposed to the basic nutrients that you need to feel good and function normally.
Studies have also shown that a poor diet can increase your risk of life threatening diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and even various types of cancer. The sad reality is that most people will only begin to worry about it when it’s too late and they are already suffering from something that may well have been preventable with a few minor lifestyle changes and a little diligence. Seems like a real waste of life, doesn’t it? Well, there is still hope for you if you’re willing to tweak your nutritional habits.
By making a conscious effort to eat better, you are already on the road to a better quality of life. If you’re not sure what constitutes a good diet, then you’d benefit from having a look at the Canada Food Guide or even speaking to your healthcare practitioner about your health and the changes that you need to make. Something as simple as cutting down on your fat and sugar intake and increasing your fruits and vegetables can do wonders for your health! Incorporate a multivitamin if you feel that you’re not meeting the daily recommended intake of the essential ones. In no time you will be feeling better than ever and wondering how you ever got by before!