Clean Living. Diet, Exercise, And Overall Health 411
Does diet and exercise really play into overall physical and mental health? Y.E.S.
The saying goes “You are what you eat”. Eating clean means you’re embracing the concept of whole foods in their natural state, prior to any type of processing. Foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains along with healthy proteins and fat. Eating clean requires you to limit or reduce refined grains, unhealthy fat, sugars, salt and added preservatives from your diet.
Scientific research suggests that what you eat can impact emotion and mood. For example, not eating or skipping meals can cause a person to feel irritable or anxious. In contrast a diet rich in nutrients can assist in feelings of calmness and contribute to an overall better mood. While depression and other emotional concerns may require additional treatment, a healthy diet can play a positive role.
In regards to physical health, it’s important to remember to remember our bodies crave nutrients. Cutting out soda, highly processed snacks, meals with added salt and preservatives and replacing them with fresh vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and proteins helps give the body more of what it needs. Many patients have discovered eliminating highly processed foods from their diet has resulted in a boost of energy, weight loss an improvement in over all health.
Exercise is also crucial. Our bodies were meant to move! Exercise plays a key role in emotional and physical health. To quote the words of Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” The truth is, regular exercise can have a profound impact by relieving some stress, increasing energy, promoting healthy sleep and more. Not to mention the physical benefits, which include reducing your risk of heart attack, lower blood cholesterol, lowering your risk for type 2 diabetes, and lowering blood pressure.
The moral of the story, control the controllable. Look for small ways to positively impact your overall health. Adding more clean foods into your diet is worth consideration. Baby steps can make a positive impact and encourage movement toward an overall healthier lifestyle.