Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Food is medicine, or at least it is one way to look at it if you want to live a long and youthful, healthy life. Fruits and vegetables are the secret to attaining vitality and defying your age. Along with a diet rich in other wholesome foods and fruits, veggies deliver a powerful punch of the essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals needed to maintain good overall health.
Unfortunately, today's modern Western diet skimps on the consumption of enough healthy vegetables with all the readily available processed and sugar-filled options stocking shelves. This wouldn't be a problem if processed and fast foods delivered nutrition.
However, they are lacking in most of the natural components and compounds your body needs to function properly. If you are enjoying too much of these and not eating enough vegetables on a day-to-day basis, this could happen...
Sure this could be due to a family history and heredity, but heart disease, stroke and heart attacks are directly tied to consuming overly processed, fatty foods and not enough fresh vegetables. If you are at risk or have been recently diagnosed with a heart condition, a eating a nutrient rainbow every day and taking closer look at your diet is a must!
Body Weight Issues
If you are eating more processed foods than vegetables, it can lead to issues with being underweight, overweight or worse, obese. These troublesome conditions can morph into more serious health problems, but luckily, can often be alleviated by eating more vegetables. When you begin to replace fried Macca chips with nutrient dense sweet potato, or greasy pizza with the cauliflower crust variety, you'd be surprised what illness and ailments ease!
Gut health is vital to living a happy, healthy life. Vegetables are high in fiber. Because of this, they help to regulate your digestive system. Chronic bloating, upset stomach, gas, hemorrhoids, constipation and pains in your midsection can all be corrected with a healthy and steady dose of vegetables. Yes, it is that simple!
Eat more veggies for a better sleep. If your body does not get the wonderfully healthy phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins vegetables provide, your sleep cycle can be thrown off. This means you have a problem sleeping at night, and in turn, staying awake during the day. One simple remedy is up your veggie intake by adding in more leafy greens, raw beans, broccoli, carrots and vitamin rich fruits like tomato (yes, its actually a fruit) to your diet. Works wonders!
Sickness & Colds
Do you often get sick? A healthy immune system, your body's natural defense system against infection and sickness, depends on a steady diet of the nutrients found in vegetables. If you aren't getting enough, it can leave you vulnerable to every virus or bug going around. If you seem to come down with everything, reassess your dietary intake of fruits and veggies particularly those high in vitamin C, the natural immune booster!
Skin, Hair and Teeth Deteriorate
Want mermaid hair, sleek nails and a pearly smile? Yeah, not going to happen on Taco Bell, beer and pizza, lovely. A vegetable-rich diet leads to overall body health. Outward signs of a diet devoid of enough vegetables can include dry and damaged skin and hair, hair loss, scurvy and a multitude of dental problems. Be sure every meal and snack has a good heaping portion of veggies and colourful fruits.
Depression & Mental Disorders
Hormones regulate your moods and emotions. These hormones start acting up when you don't eat right. A diet rich in vegetables gives your body all of the hormone-healthy nutrition it needs to help you handle stressful and high-anxiety situations correctly. You will also find you suffer fewer erratic mood swings when your diet includes a lot of vegetables.
Have you noticed a direct correlation between your diet and how you feel? Share your experiences in the comments. What helped you most?