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Eating a proper diet every day is an essential component of overall health. A good diet will provide you with the fuel your body needs to function on a daily basis and consistently eating a proper diet will afford many long-term benefits. Enjoy living smarter, healthier, happier and longer by making your diet all that it can be.
Brain health and cognition decrease with age. A proper diet can have the long-term benefits of preventing Alzheimer's disease and increasing brain health as we age, thus improving things such as remembering, thinking and feeling. According to the Alzheimer's Association: вЂњResearch suggests that high cholesterol may contribute to stroke and brain cell damage. A low fat, low cholesterol diet is advisable. And there is growing evidence that a diet rich in dark vegetables and fruits, which contain antioxidants, may help protect brain cells.вЂќ
Common diseases affected long-term by poor diet include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. A proper balanced diet of fiber, protein, dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables will help prevent many diseases and illness. Maintaining ideal weight is important as well. Eat in moderation -- too much or too little of any one food group will not provide a good balance of nutrients.
Eating foods that improve brain health such as omega-3 fats, which are found in seafood, and eating organic foods, which are treated with agricultural chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers, can contribute to long-term happiness. According to Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Drew Ramsey, in Huffpost Healthy Living, вЂњEmerging research in the fields of neuroscience and nutrition show that people who eat a diet of modern processed foods have increased levels of depression, anxiety, mood swings, hyperactivity, and a wide variety of other mental and emotional problemsвЂќ
Prevention of disease that leads to early death and maintaining good brain health by eating a proper diet contributes to longevity and an increased quality of life. Foods to help you live longer such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains contain antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, which battle free radicals thought to contribute to aging. Some foods such as grapefruit interact with medications and allergic reactions to seafood are common. So, consult your healthcare provider about potential medication-food interactions and allergies before adding new foods to your diet.