A guest post by Health and Fitness author, Evelyn Kail, from garagegymplanner.com.
Just like a car needs gas to drive, humans need food to function. The food that you put into your body is quite literally your body’s fuel. The better and healthier you eat, the more energy your providing your cells with, to perform their daily tasks (such as, keeping you alive). Once you start eating healthy, the changes felt in your body will be inspiration enough to keep you on that healthy path and keep you away from sugary, processed foods. However, allow me to enlighten you only just a few of the many ways your body will thank you for feeding it properly.
7 Great things that happen when you start trying to eat healthy:
1. You get higher levels of energy.
As you begin to fuel your body with clean, healthy foods, you will be amazed at how much energy you suddenly have. The natural sugars and carbs in fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to properly function. As you switch to a healthy diet, the nutrition your cells receive from all the healthy food gives your body a naturally increased amount of energy!
Consequently, with all the energy rushing through your body, you may feel more inclined to working out. Setting up a home gym or getting a membership to a gym is a great way to expel all that energy in a way that will benefit your body.
You’ll no longer be dragging yourself around at the end of the day, because once you start eating healthily, your energy levels will be increased drastically!
2. You lose weight.
It only makes sense that as you remove the junk from your diet and increase the healthy foods you eat such as, fruits and vegetables, that you will notice your weight drop. Your metabolism increases as you become more active and eat healthy foods that give your body nutrients. Of course, this varies for each person, depending on how unhealthy their diet was beforehand, but you can rest assured, that if you improve your diet, you will lose fat and unhealthy weight.
3. Your skin glows from within.
Have you ever noticed that all healthy people seem have some sort of glow to their skin that never seems to dull? Well, your skin is your body’s largest organ, and as you provide it with nutrients and vitamins from healthy foods, it repairs and replenishes itself, resulting in beautiful skin! Drinking water helps with this, as it moisturizes and nourishes your skin. Combine healthy eating with drinking lots of water, and watch your skin glow from within.
4. You don’t crave unhealthy foods.
The saying goes: it takes 21 days to make a habit. While this is a bold statement that may or may not be 100% accurate, it is true that as you go a lengthy period of time neglecting (or adding) something from your daily routine (say, sugary foods), your body will no longer crave it. Your body won’t be dependent on caffeine and artificial sugar to stay energized or feel good, therefore you won’t ever feel the need to consume those foods or beverages. You’ll feel full and satisfied all the time from the healthy foods you’re putting in your body, so you will never crave those terrible ones you used to eat!
5. You have better sleep.
Scientists say that eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods calms your nervous system, making you sleep better. On the reverse side, if you lack sleep, and get less than 7-8 hours a night, it is said to increase your body’s sugary cravings, thus, making you prone to unhealthy eating. So, if you’re someone who has crazy hectic days on the regular, eating healthy will help you get better sleep, thus making you less tired throughout the day!
6. You rarely get sick, and when you do, it doesn’t last very long.
Fruits and vegetables are nutrient and vitamin packed, meaning as you begin to consume them regularly, your body will use those vitamins and nutrients to build a stronger and healthier immune system. Thus, you will get sick less often, because your body’s defense system is able to fight back against disease and infection. On the same note, when you do get sick, your body will be able to fight the sickness a lot quicker, due to the stronger immune system.
7. You go to the bathroom more regularly.
It’s true, eating healthy makes your bathroom “duties” regular. Drinking lots of water and consuming foods with lots of fiber, benefit your digestive tract, helping it to work more efficiently. Constipation has been linked to numerous negative health consequences, such as hemorrhoids, urological disorders, colonic conditions, and more. It’s best to avoid those altogether. Plus, you’ll feel a lot better if you are someone who doesn’t normally go the bathroom regularly.
In all, it goes without saying that having a healthy diet does incredible things for your body. There are many more things than just those provided in this list, but hopefully this gave you some incentive to eat healthier and cut back on the unhealthy foods we all love so much.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR OF THIS GUEST POST:
Evelyn Kail helps people to live a happy and healthier life. She is an established Health and Fitness author (over 7 years of experience) and editor of garagegymplanner.com. She also loves writing about people and inspirational stories.