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To kick off our first full week of National Nutrition Month, Attune Health nutritionist and research associate Natalie Fortune wanted to outline the multitude of benefits that following a healthy diet and lifestyle can provide you with!
Of course, weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight are the first few things we think of, but diet is essential to all body functions. Incorporating a healthy diet and exercise into your lifestyle can lead to a better physique. In turn, you will feel better about your appearance, which could boost your confidence and self-esteem. When you start to feel better, you will have more incentive to keep up the healthy habits you have made.
Moreover, cultivating a healthy lifestyle via diet, exercise, and mindfulness, self care, and support can play an essential role in preventing chronic disease, immunity, cognition, supporting your bones, improving your sleep, and much more!
DIET & CALORIC RESTRICTION
Calorie restriction is one of the most common ways to lose weight. Eating healthy foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup may be useful in lower your caloric intake. Because many of our patients have arthritis, it is important to mention that every extra pound adds an additional 4 pounds on your joints.
Moreover, consuming a diet ricin vegetables and fruits may protect against certain types of cancers.When the friendly bacteria in your gut ferment fiber found in fruits and vegetables, short chain fatty acids are produced in the colon. These, may play a key role in the prevention and treatment of certain cancers, specifically colon cancer.
Consumption of fruits and vegetables as part of a balanced diet may also reduce risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium may help lower blood pressure and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss and prevent the onset of osteoporosis.
Physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and complements a healthy diet wonderfully. Research shows that people who exercise are more likely to eat healthy without being instructed to do so. Moreover, physical activity, specifically weight bearing exercise, can help your bones stay strong. Physical activity also stimulates the production of endorphins, brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Short-term benefits of exercise include decreased stress and improved cognitive function.
The benefits associated with a healthy lifestyle are endless. Finding a diet and lifestyle program that works for your goals, diagnosis, healthy history, and lifestyle are essential to being successful. Making small changes over time and keeping up with the habits you have created will help you maintain your results for life.