Eating to Ensure Your Wellness
These days, more and more people are turning to alternative medicine to address their health problems. In this day and age, technologically advanced medical procedures are available, but most of them are costly and come with a slight chance of the patient suffering complications.
The best way to stay healthy is to begin with anything that enters your body. Health and nutrition always go together because whatever you consume gets absorbed into your system. Eating a well-balanced diet, as health care professionals would always say, is the best preventive measure for diseases. Ensuring that your body has the right amount of minerals and vitamins will help your system keep in its best shape. Coupled with exercise, it is your best defense against sickness.
There are many diets out there that claim to have an overall effect in the mind and body. Some of them even claim to burn fat and make you thinner. But you must take caution when trying random diets. They promise weight loss, increased metabolism, and better well-being. No single fad diet can ensure all those things at such a short period of time. For you to be able to fully experience a healthy life, lifestyle changes must be in order. In addition, all aspects of nutrition must be covered.
An ideal diet consists of all the food in which nutrients you can find in the food pyramid. The important thing to remember, though, is to stay away from canned goods, preservatives, and flavor enhancers. Let's try to get our facts straight here. Read on.
Not all fat is bad fat
Certain kinds of fat such as fish oil, vegetable oil, and olive oil are healthy. The common misconception that people have towards fat is that it should be totally avoided. Sure, you will have to cut down on the hamburgers and pizzas, but what about the healthier kinds such as olive oil-based pasta?
Low fat diets are recommended since a diet that has absolutely no fat puts the person at risk for low HDL levels.
Know your BMR
Your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is the amount of calories you burn doing your usual activities such as chores, sleep, walking, etc. Determine your BMR, and eat according to the amount of calories that your body needs.
Don't skimp on the milk
Calcium is important to avoid osteoporosis in the future. If you are lactose-intolerant, look for alternatives that you can consume. Supplements are fine, but make sure you don't rely solely on them.
Eat grains and fiber
Eating a balanced diet includes consuming whole grains, cereals, and bread. Of course, to maintain the balance, always consume these with a proportional amount of vegetables. Fiber is also important in keeping your digestive system in tip top shape, so make sure you get ample amounts of it. Normally, high fiber diets are recommended.
Fruits and Vitamins
Fruits are your best sources of vitamins and minerals. Skimping on fruits simply because they contain high levels of sugar isn't the best way to go. This food group gives you large doses of Vitamin C which is essential in defending your system against sickness. So don't just bump them off your diet.
A good amount of protein is necessary to keep your muscles functioning perfectly. If you're a vegetarian, soy is your perfect source of protein.
A good mix of these nutrients and minerals in the form of a balanced diet will assure you that you get optimal protection from illnesses and disorders. You are also assured of proper systemic functions as well as output. You may opt to look at a balanced diet as a form of investment- what you eat forms the basis of what you will reap in old age. So a good start, especially when you are still in your best years, will definitely give you a stable investment in old age.
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