by Caitlin H,
Nov 21, 2022
Many of us pursue healthy eating in an effort to lose weight. While that is essential, consistently eating meals that are balanced for nutrition can also help with many common ailments we face throughout our lifetimes.
Read on for a list of expert and science-backed health issues that eating right can help reduce, tame, and support, so you can live life to the fullest!
1) Say hello to heart health!
Plenty of research links a healthy diet to a reduced risk for heart disease. That’s because a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and whole grains goes a long way toward keeping your cholesterol low and maintaining healthy blood pressure. Both are essential components of heart health.
2) Tame those type 2 diabetes.
Studies show that eating a healthy diet, especially one that includes lots of plant-based food and lean protein, can help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and even lower A1-C levels. Our Balance-Diabetes plan lets you control blood sugar naturally and is balanced for carbs, fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Many Diet-to-Go customers have found success in lowering their A1-C levels and managing diabetes by eating our meals.
3) Bank on keeping bones strong.
Calcium plays a vital role in bone and teeth strength, which can also help moderate osteoporosis (bone loss) that comes with aging. You can get calcium from low-fat dairy products, salmon, dark, leafy green vegetables, and fortified foods like cereal.
4) Show off stunning skin.
A growing body of research looks at the relationship between nutrition and slowing the effects of aging. Studies show that chowing down on fruits and vegetables (and all the nutrients within) can reduce wrinkles and dryness. Researchers have also found links between eating a healthy diet and reducing acne.
5) Jumpstart relief for that joint pain.
Conditions like joint pain and arthritis are common ailments among adults these days. Thankfully, research shows an anti-inflammatory diet works wonders in preventing and managing it. If you’re suffering from joint pain, foods like fatty fish, leafy vegetables, tomatoes, olive oil, nuts, and fruits may help significantly reduce that pain.
6) Maintain better mental health.
You know how when you eat better, you typically feel better? Turns out, that sensation goes beyond the physical — it’s actually a mental thing, too. More and more research demonstrates a link between poor diet and mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. Even small dietary changes can go a long way toward improving your mood and helping you manage stress.
7) Secure sound sleep.
The whole eating better, feeling better thing goes beyond the daytime. In fact, one study found that eating too many refined carbs is associated with poor sleep quality, such as waking up throughout the night. Another study found that not getting enough nutrients (like magnesium, vitamins A-D, vitamin K, and calcium) can disrupt sleep in numerous ways, like not staying asleep long enough. In essence, eating a balanced diet packed with nutrients can help you secure a better night of quality sleep.
8) Evoke your energy.
You know that you often feel sluggish and yucky when you eat a bad meal. It turns out, there’s a reason for that. Research shows that high-fat foods stimulate serotonin production, causing the body to feel tired and sluggish. Experts say you should instead opt for mixed meals packed with healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and mineral-packed veggies as the best way to power the body and evoke high energy levels throughout the day.
Whether you’re trying to stave off a severe health condition like heart disease or diabetes, looking to boost your bone or skin health, or want to sleep better and have better energy throughout the day, eating better is essential. A healthy diet filled with balanced minerals and vitamins gives your mind and body what it needs to combat all sorts of common ailments. Eat better, and feel better! It’s as simple as that!
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.