Dietary Research: You Really Are What You Eat
Research in dietary needs is constant and ongoing. Recent dietary research has found 14 different nutrient-dense foods that have proven time and again to promote good overall health.
Coined “superfoods”, they usually have fewer calories, higher levels of vitamins and minerals, and many disease-fighting antioxidants.
Beans (legumes), berries (especially blueberries), broccoli, green tea, nuts (especially walnuts), oranges, pumpkin, salmon, soy, spinach, tomatoes, turkey, whole grains and oats, and yogurt can all work to stop and even reverse diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and some forms of cancer.
And since the whole body is connected, where one might have an effect on a certain part of the body, it can also affect the health of many other body functions and performance. With these 14 foods as the basis of a balanced, solid diet, you can say goodbye to weight loss gimmicks and other fly-by-night programs.
On the other hand, the bad effects of an unbalanced diet are several, varied and can be quite severe. Low energy levels, mood swings, feeling tired all the time, unexpected weight change, uncomfortable with your own body are just a few signs that your diet is unbalanced.
An unbalanced diet can cause problems with the maintenance of body tissues, growth and development, brain and nervous system function, as well as problems with bone and muscle systems.
Hidden Hunger Malnutrition
Otherwise known as “hidden hunger” malnutrition can occur when you are eating enough calories, but the food does not contain enough nutrient value to sustain your body properly.
Babies are extremely vulnerable to this up until age two because of the intensely physical, motor and cognitive growth they are experiencing. And there is no way to catch up later.
Children who suffer from this condition often deal with physical and mental defects for the rest of their lives. About 85% of Americans do not eat the necessary vitamins and minerals on a daily basis.
Symptoms of malnutrition include lack of energy, irritability, a weakened immune system leading to frequent colds or allergies, and mineral depletion that can trigger a variety of health concerns including anaemia.
And since the body and spirit are connected, realizing that an unhealthy body will result in an unhealthy spirit only makes sense. When we nourish our body with these superfoods and complement them with other nutrient-dense and healthy fresh foods, our spirit will be vitalized and healthy as a direct result.
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Tip To Remember
Many modern diets are based on prepackaged convenience foods that sorely lack the necessary vitamins and minerals. This can affect our mental capacities as well as be causing irritability, confusion, and the feeling of “being in a fog” all the time.
Superfoods can be the basis of a natural sound, healthy, nutritious solution to curing many of these ailments and more.
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