Sunday, May 1, 2011

Why Eat Healthy?

Digestion is key
Everything we eat passes through our digestive tract. This is where food's goodness is extracted and prepared for delivery to our cells and tissues to nourish, replenish and repair. The more efficiently we can access those nutrients the more effectively our body will function on all levels.

Boost energy
The healthier our diet, the more energy we have. Foods that are easier to digest make energy more readily available to our body. Stimulants such as caffeine and sugar give us a lift but then we crash and our body craves more. Stable energy levels provided by high quality nutrition keep us going throughout the day.

Fight off disease
Our immune system is built and maintained from the food we eat. A diet of processed and convenience food not only lacks nutrients, it draws from our body's reserves for digestion and metabolism. This depletes vitamins, minerals andantioxidants necessary to ward off disease and fight infection. A healthy diet should contain all these elements in abundance to give our immune system the power to protect us.

Feel great
Our body has to process the bad as well as the good. Flooding it with unnatural chemicals from convenience foods places strain on digestion. The emotional comfort we feel when eating them is followed by tiredness and a foggy head. A healthy meal of fresh seasonal produce lifts us emotionally as well as physically.

Look great
Our skin, hair, and tissues are all built from what we eat. Supple, smooth and glowing skin requires vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, as does glossy hair, sparkling eyes and strong nails. A nutrient-rich diet gives us a natural glow.

Lose weight
The fats, carbohydrates and proteins we eat require many micronutrients to be effectively digested. Without these, energy levels drop and food is stored as fat until vitamins and minerals become available. Eating a micronutrient-rich diet helps our body digest food efficiently and metabolize stored energy, melting away excess pounds!
A diet comprising mainly fresh and raw fruits and vegetables provides the greatest quantity of nutrients our body needs to rejuvenate and enhance health. Other whole foods, such as nuts, grains and will legumes provide the balance and variety you crave. Eating well will leave you feeling more energetic, give you a healthy glow and help maintain weight for a longer, healthier and happier life.

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