When we think of health, we often think of the term “diet and exercise.” And even though exercise is an important tool for our overall fitness, what we eat is arguably more influential over longevity and wellness. Food has a profound effect on the way our bodies function, influencing countless processes and unlocking our genetic potential.
Eating healthy foods helps our bodies regulate our hormones, manage organ function, run our brain, repair our cells, and so much more. Our day-to-day is regularly impacted by what we eat, making us smarter and giving us more energy, which allows us to perform better at our jobs and play with our kids. Choices we make now help us look and feel great, and can have a huge influence on our mental health.
These choices also influence chronic diseases that develop over a lifetime. People with good diets are at far lesser risk for Metabolic Syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes, Atherosclerosis, and more. Plus, people living with these conditions can positively impact their health (and the conditions themselves) by eating well. It’s never too late to eat healthier.
Another thing that can be greatly improved by food is the aging process. The ratio and amount of macronutrients (carbs, protein, fat) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, compounds) we consume can slow our biological clocks so much so that our genes look years younger than others in the same age group. This informs all kinds of things: brain aging, Osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, and more.
Ultimately, nutrition is important because it fuels literally everything you do. The process starts small, with daily choices that positively impact your overall feeling of wellbeing, and will pay off for the rest of your life.