In recent decades there has been an increased concern among health experts such as nutritionists and doctors about the state of the human diet in developed countries. This is largely due to the increased consumption of processed foods that are high in refined added sugars and unhealthy fats. While this eating trend has caused an increase in obesity, particularly here in the US, it has also exposed that other health factors such as mental health, mood and signs of aging are very closely linked to the quality of food we eat. Here at NetCost Market, we have highlighted some ways you can focus on the quality of your diet, ensuring you get the best nutrition for your overall health.
There is such a thing as unhealthy weight loss!
Our obsession with looking healthy has created a trend of being super skinny, largely portrayed through mass media. However, many people have taken to restrictive diets which starve your body of everything, not just refined sugar and fat. To lose fat the healthy way, ensure you replace fat and sugar-dense foods with nutrient dense foods such as fresh vegetables and lean meat and fish. This way you will shed the pounds but increase your intake of essential vitamins.
Improve your mood
Increasing your intake of vitamin-rich foods not only reduces fat, it has major benefits for your mental health, as well as your mood! Until recently, little had been studied regarding the link between mental health and the diet, but nutritionists have found causal links between low vitamin diets full of unhealthy sugars and fats and an increased risk of mental health and depression. Research has found that people in developed countries often lack vital minerals such as zinc and magnesium, and vitamins such as B, D, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Foods containing high concentrations of these vitamins and minerals such as lean meat, oily fish, pulses and fresh vegetables are also low in processed sugars and fats, so incorporating more into your diet will make you feel healthier whilst also helping you lose weight!
Get your organs in order!
Organ function also has a huge bearing on how we feel, but it is often not thought about when we think of our diet, largely because it is not something obvious to see. However, eating well can increase the quality of organ function, making you feel healthier and aiding in the reduction of signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids and the vitamin B (B6, B9, and B12) are particularly important for brain function, for example, aiding concentration and reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in old age. Measures as simple as drinking plenty of fresh water also has major benefits for liver and kidney function, two of the most important organs for overall health!
What it means to be healthy is constantly changing, and until recently, largely referred to what people could see on the outside such as weight control and skin quality. However, new discoveries by nutritionists have changed this, advising us to focus on a wide range of quality food over quantity, helping our overall health and literally making us feel better in body (both inside and out) and mind!