How healthy eating promotes well-being
Anyone who is into their fitness will know that diet is absolutely crucial to be at your best. But healthy eating isn’t just about performance; it’s intrinsically linked to a feeling of well-being and good health. You don’t need to be a sports fanatic to be passionate about following a healthy diet; plenty of people eat well for the numerous health benefits, from upping energy levels to improving skin and aiding digestion. More and more dietary regimes and trends crop up every year, with people increasingly linking diet to sustainability and environmental concerns. Here we look at how healthy eating can help you to achieve a greater sense of well-being, and what dietary advice is generally worth following.
Pack in the vitamins
To feel truly well, one of the best things to do is up your fruit and vegetable intake. Whether it’s in the form of smoothies, snacks, supplements or in your main meals, fruit and veg are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, all of which are essential for your immune system, digestion and healthy hair and skin. Consuming your five a day is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. It’s a no-brainer!
Switch to wholegrain
Try and include lots of starchy carbohydrates in your diet. Brown rice, wholegrain bread and potatoes with their skins on are full of fibre and keep you feeling fuller for longer. They release energy more slowly, enabling you perform better and stave off hunger. If endurance sports are your thing, pack your diet with high fibre starchy carbohydrates such as cereal, potatoes, bread, pasta and rice.
Keep your protein lean
We all need protein to build up muscle and to stay strong, but it’s advisable to stick to leaner options, such as fish, low fat meat and pulses. Oily fish, such as salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel are high in omega-3 fats, which have been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease.
Diet doesn’t exist in isolation. In order to maximise the well-being benefits of a healthy diet, you need to up your activity levels. Adding some exercise into your daily routine can reduce your likelihood of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and stroke. But it’s not just about your physical well-being. Exercise is also linked to greater happiness, with physical activity contributing to better mood, sleep, self-esteem and higher energy levels. Those of us who stay active are less likely to suffer from stress, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
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