As diets contain more refined and processed foods, disease increases and we begin to see more obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer. Eating a nutrient deficient diet causes other problems like fatigue, allergies, depression, chronic pain, skin problems and many other problems that affect the quality of our lives.
But the simple truth is to avoid problems in the future as it is easier to stay well than to get well. You can help the process by paying attention to your diet. The goal of any dietary approach is to balance the body’s chemistry.
Here are some simple tips to improve diet along with your overall health.
Drink plenty of water each day
Water to keep your cells hydrated and protected, to eliminate waste and ensure the health of your mucus membranes. Adequate hydration will improve a number of health problems including sinusitis, constipation, inflammation, allergies, fatigue, joint pain, headaches and many other afflictions. Drink more water and less soda, coffee, tea or juice.
Your body cannot adequately eliminate waste products without enough water. If toxic chemicals or heavy metal poisoning is at the root of your health problems you will have a much easier time getting better when you are properly hydrated.
Avoid Refined Carbs
The average American gets 50% of his or her calories from refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates are grains that have had the fiber, vitamin E, B vitamins, bran and germ removed. In other words, the nutrients have been removed and you are left with the starch. They create all of the same health problems created by refined sugar.
Refined carbohydrates fill you up-but not with vitamins and minerals. This stresses your digestive system and your endocrine system. Eating refined carbohydrates uses up precious vitamins and minerals.
Never skip meals
Skipping meals stresses your adrenal glands. If you are trying to lose weight, not eating is a poor strategy because your metabolism will slow down to accommodate the reduction in calories. As a result you become fatigued and will ultimately gain weight.
Don’t race to finish your food
It takes around 20 minutes for your body to register that you’re full. and research has shown that you could save up to 70 calories by eating slowly over half an hour. Slow eaters consume 2 ounces of food per minute, while fast eaters eat 3.1 ounces.
Reduce or avoid coffee, alcohol, and sweets
These are all items to be enjoyed only in moderation. You may crave coffee every day, but try to keep it to only one cup per day, if that. Studies have shown that a glass of wine in the evenings may actually provide health benefits. Other than that, an occasional drink is the recommended limit for alcohol. Sweets can pack on the pounds fast if they’re eaten too frequently. They’re best saved for special occasions.
Eat whole grains
Given the choice between whole grains and refined grains, go with whole grain. You might just make a simple change like using wheat bread instead of white bread. The whole grain foods have naturally nutritious benefits. They’re also loaded with more fiber, which is great for your digestive tract and can help you to feel full longer.