National Nutrition Month
Besides it being Social Worker’s month, March is also National Nutrition Month! There are so many reasons you should eat healthy foods. Besides being less processed, so, therefore, have more natural ingredients, there are health benefits to eating your fruits and vegetables. Everyone tells you that eating healthy is important. It helps you stay in shape, lose weight, and keep it off. But do you know why? The science behind these claims?
Healthy diets can lower the risk of health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Some forms of cancer, such as colon and rectal, are linked to eating too many processed meats. Meats have added salt and nitrates that help preserve color, flavor, and prevent the growth of germs in the packages. Another additive that has been linked to causing cancer are food dyes (cancer.org & hhs.gov).
Proper nutrition increases blood flow which protects brain cells and helps prevent Alzheimer’s. It allows for serotonin (a chemical in the brain that influences mood, sleep, and appetite) to have normal or natural fluctuations in the body. Serotonin is made in the gastrointestinal tract. If you’re not giving your body the right foods for that system to act normally, your serotonin is then off, and you don’t feel as good as you could (health.harvard.edu).
What is proper nutrition? Well, eating fruits and vegetables are
Whether or not you want to be a vegetarian or vegan is a personal choice. There are health benefits such as lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and body weight. Studies have found that
The main principles that I go by for nutrition are pretty simple. Because I believe in the mind-body connection, I use intuitive eating. When I feel hungry, I have a glass of water and