There is a lot of controversy in the health and wellness world about what’s right for you and what is wrong. They change over time and evolve with new research into the area each year.
These pieces of advice are essential, so I hope you find some value in them.
Here are a few tips I put together for you.
Added Sugar is a Disaster
We all know that added sugar is bad. There are no nutrients in it, and if you eat a lot of sugar, then you’re likely to become deficient because you aren’t getting enough foods that have nutrients in them.
Sugar, mainly due to the high fructose content, is being implicated as a leading cause of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes.
So let’s all try and cut back on it, fizzy drinks are one of the things I would suggest cutting out of your daily diet and keep them for treats.
Omega-3 Fats Are Crucial
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the proper functioning of the human body. Being deficient in Omega-3 is very common. It is associated with various mental disorders, heart disease and many other serious diseases.
The best way to get Omega-3 is fats from animal sources fish (fish oil) and meat. Avoiding a deficiency in these essential fatty acids can help prevent many diseases. Supplements can be used to get these nutrients.
There is no Perfect Diet.
We are all unique. We all have differences in our body type, culture and environment that can affect which type of diet we eat.
The fact is, what works for one person may not work for the next. Try a few different things until you find something that you enjoy.
The best diet for you is the one you get results with and that you can stick to in the long term.
Vegetables are great for you, and most of us probably don’t eat enough of them. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and an endless variety of trace nutrients.
Studies show eating vegetables is associated with improved health and a lower risk of disease. They are healthy, fulfilling and add variety to the diet.
The skin makes Vitamin D as the ultraviolet rays from the sun come in contact with our skin. It is how we got most of our daily requirement.
We all know that in many places, the sun isn’t available throughout most of the year. Even where there is the sun, people tend to stay inside a lot and use sunscreen when they go out (which is vital for another reason we all know too well), but sunscreen efficiently blocks Vitamin D generation in the skin.
If getting more sun is not an option, taking a Vitamin D3 supplement or a tablespoon of cod liver oil.
Supplements are not able to replace the nutrients you get from real foods.
They can be beneficial, especially for nutrients that are lacking in the diet. It is much more important to eat real, nutritious foods than to count on supplements to provide the nutrients you need.
Diets or Lifestyle Change
In my experience, diets are ineffective. They lead to short-term results, but as soon as you start eating junk food again, you gain the weight back.
You lose a lot of weight on a diet end up gaining it back whenever you stop the diet. The thing that I find that can give you actual long-term results is to adopt a lifestyle change.
Unprocessed Food is Healthiest
The most important thing you can do to ensure optimal health is to eat real food.
You know what real food is:
Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts are all great examples of REAL food.
You know what crap food is:
If it has an ingredient list longer than your hand, it’s probably not right for you. It started as real food and then went through fourteen steps to get to the point where you’re about to eat it, it’s probably not as good for you as it was at level one.
We don’t drink enough water in our day to day life, and we are mostly made up of it. Drinking more water makes your body function properly.
So here are a few tips I know about nutrition, some you may agree with and some not.
This blog wasn’t necessarily about losing weight by dieting or trying to change your lifestyle. It is to show you that your body needs all these nutrients to perform, making you more healthy and feeling better.
If you only took one or two of these tips, I think you would see or feel a change for the better.