Most of the diseases today are lifestyle-related, this includes obesity, diabetes, hormonal imbalance, cancer, high blood pressure and many more. Millions of people are aware of this. What they are not aware of is that it can also affect your daily life by impacting energy levels, sleep pattern, physical movement, skin, hair, vision and the biggest one is immunity. Food and lifestyle have a profound impact on your health. Hence, it is imperative to understand the importance of a healthy diet along with some lifestyle tools that can help heal the body.
Impact of processed foods
To begin with, when you eat processed foods, the body uses its precious vitamin stores to metabolize these foreign friends and depletes itself of the nutrients that it needs to sustain and grow. This results in vision impairment, ageing of skin and hair loss. On the bigger front, an imbalanced diet with insufficient protein can lead to high body percentage leading, muscle breakdown, lower BMR (basal metabolic rate) and reduced immune function. Indulgences in processed and packaged foods can lead to overconsumption of salt leading to increased cravings, bloating, water retention and imbalance in blood pressure levels.
Diet also has implications on digestive health. The total surface area of the gut is approximately the size of a studio apartment. The foods that we consume has a deep impact on gut health. The health of our digestive tract can easily be compromised by the food eaten and the irritants in the environment around us. This can lead to inflammation in the body and further on to a variety of health disorders.
Adopting fad or crash diets or extreme detox programs to lose weight can actually harm the body more than expected. These can lead to frequent fluctuations in weight and lowered immune function with an imbalance of micronutrients causing hormonal imbalances, hair loss, sagging or aged and dry skin along with brain fog and mood irritability. Extreme detox programs can lead to more stress on the body with a rapid release of toxins which may be difficult for the body to handle. This may lead to increased cortisol levels in the body resulting in inflammation and high blood sugar levels.
Prevention is better than cure, if we treat food as information and lifestyle as medicine, we can use aggressive measures to prevent lifestyle diseases and other detrimental impacts on the body. We must learn to play detective with our health and be able to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy food.
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