Whether you’re an adolescent in high school, a middle-aged adult raising children, or a senior whose settled down, healthy habits are key to good living. The way you treat your body – from the foods you put into it to the activities you participate in on a daily basis – can dramatically affect your physical and mental wellness.
Individuals who regularly practice healthy habits and proper nutrition will experience all the benefits that come with it – physically, mentally, and even emotionally. The healing powers of proper nutrition and exercise are not to be overlooked. We describe a few of the top benefits below.
- Experience a Boost in Energy: Foods high in fat and carbohydrates and low in protein will likely leave you feeling lethargic. Your body is at its best when it regularly receives the fuel it needs to properly manage energy levels. People whose diets include a lot of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products often experience high energy levels.
- Fight Disease: It’s no secret that a healthy lifestyle is key to a longer life. But there are more immediate health benefits as well. Implementing a proper diet and workout regimen will help keep your cholesterol and blood pressure low. Individuals who lead active, healthy lifestyles can better fight off diseases such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and metabolic syndrome.
- Improve Your Mood: Studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic show that proper diet and exercise can significantly improve your mood. Individuals who incorporate a balanced diet with regular physical activity tend to experience higher levels of endorphins (brain chemicals that emote feelings of happiness and relaxation).
- Support Brain Functioning: A nutritious diet can do wonders for your overall brain functioning, as it increases blood flow to the brain and protects brain cells, which can help fight Alzheimer’s disease. A diet rich in nuts, fruits, and vegetables will give your brain and body the Vitamin E it needs to help promote brain functioning.
- Protect Your Heart Health: Physical activity and proper nutrition can help lower your risk of heart disease. As much as possible, avoid fried foods, red meats, packaged foods, margarine, and other items high in saturated and trans fats. Instead, sub these with whole grains, fruits and veggies, and low-fat dairy products.
For more helpful information on healthy living, visit our Nutritional Counseling page or contact a Monmouth County physical therapist at our office.