A Healthy Diet Means a Healthy You

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In the western world, we are programmed from a young age to think that the answer to all ailments is prescription drugs. But in many cases, there are other alternatives that take a far more natural approach and it has to do with what we consume in everyday life. This may be something that has been known in other cultures for a long time, but it’s still a concept that is being developed in the West. So how does food help our bodies to fight off illness, and what are the things to look out for? The answers are all here.

Feeling sick can manifest itself in many forms: from the irritable everyday flu that never seems to leave to the more chronic illnesses that hinder you from living your life to the full. The one thing that seems to get you in a better mood is food, and luckily, some comfort food like cheese are actually good for you, so don’t completely ditch the blue cheese sauces or mozzarella. As a good source of calcium and vital protein, cheese provides us with nutritious properties that can prevent illness – it also keeps us happy, because it’s so good!

But why does it make us happy, or rather, why do certain foods make us feel better? It is scientifically proven that eating certain things improves various areas in our bodies, which in turn has a positive long-term effect.

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We have actually known about food’s healing properties since the ancient Greeks, where Hippocrates said (in modern phraseology) “food is medicine”.  And it’s true, it’s the good stuff like antioxidants, phytonutrients and fibers (to name but a few) that give us the vital components we need to stay healthy.

Some might say that getting the right nutrition from food is hard. The truth is, it really isn’t. You’ll be shocked by the number of foods that are really good for us and also are staple ingredients that we use in everyday life.

If you were to compile a list of all the foods that contain nutritious value to us, it would be very long. But to take some key examples, the following staple goods are beneficial to your health and good to make a part of your diet: coconut, avocado, asparagus, eggs, fish, root vegetables and certain nuts. Many of these ingredients are good for preventing inflammatory-based diseases and boosting other body vitals.

Probably one of the most commonly used vegetables in cooking, garlic is also an incredible health-booster. Not only does it taste good, it also lowers blood pressure, regulates cholesterol and supports the immune system. So even if you think it might give you bad breath, remember the long-term benefits!

Staying healthy and treating your illnesses is not just about going to the pharmacy to get your prescription, your choices in your everyday diet will have a significant impact on the way you feel. It’s important to balance out the intake so you get enough vitamins, fibers, minerals and good fats, because they might save your life one day.

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