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Adding Great Health to Your Diet

By Donna Stark

When it comes to being healthy, the first instinct most people have is to take certain foods out of their diet. After all, it’s the easy thing to start with, isn’t it? Just make a commitment or two to stop eating out so much or to drink less beer over the weekend and suddenly, a healthy lifestyle is established. But while that is definitely a step in the right direction, a healthy diet is about so much more. Creating and maintaining a healthy relationship with food has to also include what you add to your diet as well as what you take out, so put some extra focus on what you put on your plate rather than what you are simply removing.

Eat the Rainbow

We all know that lattes for breakfast, candy bars for lunch, and jumbo burgers for dinner every day are a definite no-no! And eating the rainbow does not mean you can enjoy a handful of colored candy for your meal. If you want to achieve better health and establish a more nutritious diet, you have to include more color to your plate and to do this, you have to add more fruits and veggies to your meals. Here are some of the reasons why it is so important to do so.

  • Boosts your immune system - The foundation of a healthy immune system starts with what you eat. Eating a variety of fruits and veggies will ensure that you are receiving all of the vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs and will help it defend against illness and disease.
  • Improves your digestion - Certain fruits and veggies are known to be packed with fiber and hydration, which will help to improve the function of your digestive system and lower the risk of certain diseases.
  • Gives you a better night’s rest - Eat crappy, sleep crappy … I just heard that saying the other day, and it’s true! Getting enough sleep is paramount to good health and it’s easy to get if you consume a variety of fruits and vegetables. The nutrients found in the fruits and veggies you eat help to produce the hormones that regulate sleep.

Benefits Galore!

There are so many other great reasons to add more fruits and veggies to your diet but the list is long and this article is short. So from weight management, to more energy, to clearer skin, to better moods, you can be sure that nearly every aspect of your health will improve by adding more to your diet. Don’t just focus on what you take away when deciding what to eat … focus on what you are adding as well!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lubbock, Tex.

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