Optimum health by eating well

Optimum health by changing to a better diet

Optimum health is not just about what you eat, it is certainly also what you do not eat. Since the 1950s over thirty-five hundred man-made chemicals have found their way into manufactured food, along with pesticides, antibiotics, and hormone residues from stable foods such as grains and meat. Many of these chemicals are anti nutrients in such a way that they stop nutrients being absorbed and used. Proper digestion, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of wastes are essential for optimum health. Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract are all common health issues and can lead to improper digestion and nutrient deficiencies, which may contribute to the development of many other diseases.

It is common that our daily diet consists of processed, refined and overcooked food and often it results in lack of the many valuable nutrients we need in order to maintain a healthy immune system. Eating a diet high in “live” foods i.e. fruits and vegetables, whole grains, water and a modest amount of animal or vegetable protein are important for optimum health.

The man-made chemicals are all added into the food for flavor and freshness, so if you buy organic or grow your own vegetables it will be a better option. Chemicals that enter the body will be stored in the fat cells as toxic waste and having too much accumulated will develop into a weight gain and a slow metabolism and weak immune system.

What you should eat and why

A healthy diet should be varied and include vegetables and fruit. Vegetables like broccoli, green beans, leafy greens, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, and tomatoes are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and full of antioxidants, so try to eat about 3 to 5 servings every day. Fruit is also a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals and you should aim for 2 to 3 servings daily.

Antioxidants support the immune and are a natural biochemical substance that protects living cells against harmful free radicals. Antioxidants readily react with oxygen breakdown products and neutralize them before oxidative damage occurs. When our body cells use oxygen it automatically produces the so-called free radicals, which can cause damage.

Health problems which could be associated with excessive free radicals are heart disease, cancer, and diabetes and when you are catching a cold or an illness, it basically means, your immune system is weak. By eating good nutritious food on a daily basis, which contains antioxidant, vitamins and minerals you will enhance your immune system and prevent such conditions.

Also, a very important factor for optimum health is water. Water is properly one of the most forgotten nutrients despite how essential water is for the human body. The body consists of 55-78 % of water, depending on body size. To function properly the body requires 8-10 glasses of water daily to maintain hydration. Besides maintaining hydration water also helps flush out excess toxins from your body and maintain a healthy weight.

Look after yourself and give your body the best you can give for a pain-free life in the future.

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Originally posted 2016-10-23 08:16:25.

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