This is the third post in my series on how to live longer. As with most things that effect your fitness and health, the ill effects of improper eating do not show up immediately, but only manifest themselves over time.
When answering the question of what do you eat to be healthy, you have to consider what your body needs. In order to function optimally it needs a wide selection of vitamins, minerals, fiber, water and energy.
Thanks to modern day advertising, many people are under the impression that you can do away with natural vitamins and minerals, and simply take dietary supplements.
Unfortunately, it has been proven that while these supplements are – in most cases – beneficial, there is also plenty of evidence pointing to the fact that they lack some capabilities offered only by their natural counterparts. It is vital that you eat healthy foods to provide your body with the full range of vitamins and minerals your body needs.
A Warning About Supplements
While it is true that some vitamins can be taken in rather large quantities without any direct ill effects, there can be consequences. You must keep in mind the need to be careful when you indiscriminately consume large amounts of vitamin supplements.
In some cases, the excess consumption of one vitamin can lead to the suppression of the functions of another. For instance, if you consume too much vitamin A, your body has problems creating vitamin D.
Consume Fresh Fruits and Veggies
As part of ensuring your body body gets everything it needs, you will need to consume fresh fruit and vegetables as often as possible. While the selection itself is mostly a matter of personal preference, you should really try to include as many different varieties as possible.
Each fruit and vegetable has its own unique selection of nutrients to offer, and consuming a variety of these will ensure that your intake of natural nutrients will be well balanced.
One way to ensure your body gets the essential fruits and veggies that it needs, is through Shakeology. Shakeology is a completely balanced meal in the form of a shake. As they say it is the healthiest meal of the day.
Whenever possible, go organic. It is an unfortunate truth that modern day farming practices were developed to produce the highest yield possible with the introduction of undesirable substances and genetic engineering without regard to how healthy the resulting produce is.
As a result, many common food items that we perceive as fresh and healthy are simply not that healthy any more. If you can, check the source of your fresh food items, and see if they were organically raised.
Avoid Processed Foods and Artificial Sweeteners
Staying away from processed foods goes (I hope!) without saying. It has been the root cause of many ailments, ranging from allergies to migraines to cancer.
The same goes for synthetically created sweeteners. Opt for a natural sweetener like Stevia (a natural herb which is 200 times sweeter than sugar in its pure form) if you need to replace sugar in your diet.
Aspartame has become extremely popular and is the basic ingredient for most artificial sweeteners. It has more than 90 documented negative side effects. Yikes!!! Most people have no clue.
In short, do your best to keep it natural and balanced. Shakeology can help you do this without too much effort. For more information on Shakeology, please click on this link: SHAKEOLOGY or email me at the address below.
I hope that answers the question of what do you eat to be healthy.
Here’s to living longer!
Darren “The Fit Attorney”
None of the advice you receive should be considered medical advice. The information I am providing is based on my own experimentation and research. I am not a medical professional. If you are having any symptoms or problems that you believe require medical attention, please consult a doctor. Do not begin any fitness plan without ensuring you are not putting yourself at risk.