There is all kinds of interesting advice about nutrition. Do you know which nutrition facts to believe? It doesn’t matter what the latest super food is, or how the latest celebrity dropped two dress sizes in a week. Sound nutrition is not subject to season or popular urban myth. It is based in scientific research, and sometimes as old as dirt, others a new find.
Here are ten nutrition facts that you can bank on:
- Eat a variety of foods for optimum health. Our bodies are made up of over 50 trillion cells. They each require a vast array of nutrients in order to work at their peak. If you try to get those nutrients from just a few foods, then you are going to starve them of something they need. Enjoy foods that are every color of the rainbow for a vital body and mind.
- Red meat in moderation. Yes, it has a high protein content, but it takes a toll on your digestive system, often taking weeks, months, or even years to digest completely. It sits in your gut and ferments until it can work through over thirteen feet of intestinal muscle. Have you ever smelled rotting meat left out in the sun? Now imagine that smell in your intestines. While you don’t have to become a vegetarian, reducing the amount of red meat you eat or substituting it with another protein source such as fish or chicken or beans, can be a great way to get healthier.
- Phytochemicals are nature’s pharmaceuticals. Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can every day. If you can afford organic – even better as they won’t have pesticide residues that are often found on everything from apples to asparagus, zucchini to rainbow chard.
- Replace simple carbohydrate like white bread and pasta with whole grains or sprouted grains. They have more life force and take longer to break down into usable components so they will help you stay full longer and decrease you chances of cardiovascular health.
- Get enough calcium and vitamin D, especially if you are a woman. You need the combination of the two because vitamin D helps the calcium be absorbed. Eating plenty now will prevent Osteoperosis later.
- Water is your body’s garbage man. Make sure to help it take out the trash by drinking lots of water.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals instead of gorging. Your stomach was only meant to accommodate food the size of your own fist at one time.
- Although red wine has phytochemicals and phenols which are beneficial, drinking in moderation is much better than getting drunk even one night a week. Have a glass of wine with dinner every once in a while, but otherwise, keep the drinking of alcoholic beverages to a minimum.
- Exercise. It can keep you young for much longer and helps combat everything from Diabetes to Heart Disease to Dementia.
- Don’t neglect your mental health. Do yoga. Take a walk outside. Pet a dog, or write a poem. They all increase your happy hormones and keep you feeling uplifted.
What other nutrition facts do you rely on to live a healthy lifestyle? Share them in the comments below.