The 15 Fundamental Food Facts to Fire up your Feasting
1. It fattens your wallet.
Yes really! and yes – it may cost more to buy fresh whole food each week, a study has calculated this to be about $1.50 a day, but this price difference is very small in comparison to the economic costs of diet-related chronic diseases, which would be dramatically reduced by healthy diets – which has been calculated at $2.70 for every dollar spent. So, there you go, you’ll come out ahead.
2. It makes you happier.
Another study has has found that on the days young adults ate more fruits and vegetables they reported feeling calmer, happier, and more energetic than they normally did. Eating well promotes emotional wellbeing in young adults – and I could add that it would also be effective at all ages.
A diet high in fruit and vegetables is associated with a lesser chance of depression and anxiety.
3. It revs up your fertility.
This one’s for the eager beaver youngsters: Eating a whole foods, a fresh and balanced diet ([thrive_2step id=’3710′]while avoiding dairy[/thrive_2step]) has been noticed to increase sperm count. For women, a good diet can make all the difference according to a Harvard study. Avocados, Butternut Squash, beetroot, , walnuts, quinoa and watercress all increase a woman’s fertility – you’ll note there’s no mention of fast food or spaghetti sauce because those foods have been associated with ovulation problems.
4. Balances the hormones
Including Hemp Oil in your diet will have the added benefits of including the omega 3 and 6 amino acids which balance the hormones. It also prevents psoriases, lowers cholesterol and boosts immunity.
5. It gives you an iron-clad immune system.
Research has found that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can boost your immune system and save you money be having less sick days plus have more energy to enjoy your time off as well.
6. It can help ease irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
IBS is a debilitating condition that has been hard to cure for many. But new research has found a link between the bacteria living in a person’s gut and their chance of having IBS, saying that eating probiotics helped to ease many of the symptoms. Yoghurt is the traditional go-to method for getting the probiotics but it’s not always the best due to the heating involved in the yoghurt (and thus the killing of the little good guys), Kombucha also has a large amount of probiotics in it – or just buy some probiotic powder if you want to give it a good swift kick in the butt..
7. Supplements your workout
Going to the gym is one thing and exercise is an important addition to our sedentary lifestyle. But what does your body need to repair the damaged muscles, boost your endurance and maintain muscle? Good carbohydrates, protein, and vitamins and minerals keep everything working together as it should – these are best absorbed through good eating, healthy food and taking time out.
8. It calms you down
Researchers found that men deprived of tryptophan experienced an increasingly higher level of anxiety, and some even had panic attacks. This was alleviated byTryptophan.
Tryptophan is found in lots of healthy foods like chocolate, oats, dried dates, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, sesame, chickpeas, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, buckwheat, spirulina, and peanuts.
9. It amps up your sex drive.
Popular beliefs suggest that oysters and dark chocolate are the best aphrodisiacs- it’s even been suggested that the Bufo Toad is as well (think cane toad). But, thank god – new data suggests we look eating healthy spices like saffron and ginger to measurably improve sexual desire and performance in both genders. Although alcohol is a great flirting enhancer – it fails dismally on the performance front. It may be time for a good curry!
10. It prevents insomnia.
With about 50 percent of adults experiencing at least one bout of sleeplessness lasting longer than three weeks, insomnia is one of the major complaints people have about their health. Eating chocolates, spicy foods, alcohol and sugar before going to bed can prevent a good nights sleep. There have been studies showing the benefits of eating almonds,cherries, bananas, oatmeal and the herb valerian to help get back to sleep. Once again – no mention of packet food or take-away in any way benefitting ….anything.
11. It gives you energy.
Energy drinks are just not the answer to feeling low on energy. In fact its been proven that they are related to heart problems, risk of miscarriage and impaired cognition. You will become mentally tired and unable to sleep. Instead, whip up a shake with Yerba Mate, green smoothie, filtered water,green tea, coconut water, a coffee or a raw juice – note I said 1 coffee – not a dozen.
12. It reduces cravings for bad food.
Researchers found that eating a decent breakfast will decrease food cravings later in the day. In these times when skipping breakfast is very common it is no surprise that grabbing a quick take away meal is so common. The study found that the subject didn’t even think of food later in the day. The researchers think that eating a healthy, protein-packed breakfast increased levels of dopamine in the brain.
13.Your Heart is saved
It decreases the chance of cardiovascular disease. Another study has shown that an increase in green leafy vegetables and fruit intake will decrease Heart Disease. This means – more energy, less trips to the doctor, less worry about having the heart attack your parents or grandparents have had. Take control and eat well.
Eating junk food, eating packet food, eating old worn out food just isn’t refuelling your body.
Not mention the damage it’s doing to our brains! Think dementia, Alzeimers, Parkinsons as well as just rehashing the same old thought patterns over and over and over.