Not surprisingly, what you eat often determines how you feel. We all know the feeling of coming out of the movie theatre after indulging in an extra large bag of buttery popcorn, two refills of soda, and a bag or two of chocolate candy. We´re bound to feel sluggish and somewhat nauseous. Less evident, however, is the relationship between what we eat and our long-term health. We hear it all the time: obesity, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and other scary diseases are on the rise. However, it is sometimes hard to make the connection between the simple act of eating one more bag of chips and the long-term risk of developing diabetes.
My name is Dr. Foodle, and in this short article, I´m going to try and clear up some of the confusion regarding how our diets affect our long-term health. Instead of investing in expensive weight loss drugs or spending a fortune on doctor´s bills, a simple change in diet may be all you need to live a healthier lifestyle. A few more apples and avocados and a few less doughnuts and pork rinds may be the key to avoiding chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and others.
There are so many foods available in today´s world that it´s impossible to know how every food affects the body. However, the prevalence of certain substances (and the lack of others) in specific foods are known to cause many diseases. Two of the biggest culprits in the food world that have lead to our health epidemic are saturated fats and dietary cholesterol. These are found in almost all foods that are heavily fried and in most oils, margarines, and shortenings. Even though so many great tasting foods are loaded with these ingredients, the over-intake of saturated fats and dietary cholesterol will almost certainly lead to heart problems, obesity, high cholesterol, and other diet-related diseases.
Cutting out greasy foods is only half the answer, however. It is also important to include other foods that many times are missing from our diets. Women especially need to include a variety of dairy products to keep their skeletal system strong and avoid conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis, which debilitate our bones and joints. Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole, unprocessed grains will also lower our cholesterol levels and significantly reduce the chance of developing diseases like type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
Though your doctor or nutritionist may be able to help you come up with a diet to respond to your own specific needs, there are some general diet rules that are applicable to almost everyone:
A diet that incorporates a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is your best bet to stay healthy and get the nutrients you need to keep up a healthy body and a happy mind.