How are connected our food and our health? And why is it so important to eat properly?
Our body is a very complicated device, it can be compared with a finely tuned race car. And as the race cars he needs the proper fuel (food) and regular maintenance (physical exercise, a healthy lifestyle and psychological mood). Our body is constructed from those foods that we eat. So there is no nothing more important than proper nutrition.
So what gives us a healthy balanced nutrition:
Basics of healthy nutrition
Eat less fat
It is necessary to reduce consumption of foods with a high content fats, such as butter, margarine, cream. The same should limit consumption of fried foods. This contributes to the normalization of weight and reduction of the cholesterol burden on the heart. But do not completely exclude fats from your diet. For example, fats that found in fish, nuts and olive oil are useful for the organism.
Eat foods containing starch
Starches is useful for organism so that during eating it creates the effect fullness in the stomach and also it contains a very low amount of calories. Starch in great quantity in pasta, potatoes, bread and various cereals.
Eat fibrous foods
Fibrous products in the body almost not digested. The fibrous products include vegetables, whole grain bread, brown rice, barley, lentils and beans. Eating fibrous foods reduces the risk of cancer. They also help to lower cholesterol levels, prevents gallstones and helps control your weight.
Use vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
Vegetables, fruits, and grains contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and other numerous natural substances (antioxidants). Antioxidants fight free radicals that can damage cell membranes of the body and cause premature aging. People who eat a lot of fruits and vegetables have lower rates of heart disease and cancer.
Do not focus a daily basis on the same food. Always try to diversify your diet. When you eat a variety of foods, your body gets a wider range of nutrients.
Eat less sugar
Sugar in small amounts adds flavor and is a useful source of energy for athletes and people with active lifestyles. But when used of sugar in large quantities surplus energy appear as an adipose tissue. Also the sugar contributes to the formation of dental caries.
Eat less salt
Modern foods contain in its structure a large amount of salt. Excess salt promotes fluid retention in the body which increases blood flow and creates strain on the heart. The daily norm of salt intake for an adult is 15 grams.
Drink more fluids
Drink two liters of water (about 8 glasses) per day is necessary to avoid dehydration and to normalize the work of the kidneys. If you sport and lead an active lifestyle then you should increase the intake of water. Also in the hot weather, the body uses more water and therefore need to drink more. It is necessary to use clean water. All other drinks do not count because they are contrary deduce from an organism more fluids.
Enjoy the food
Stress, hard work, fast food and eating on the run have a detrimental effect on the digestive system and overall health. When you eat, try to relax, to feel taste food. Do not watch TV and do not read while eating. If possible, beautifully set the table. If during the meal think only about food, you'll feel better in saturation process. This technique is recommended for people who want to lose weight.