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A Few Benefits of Adding Whole Grains to Your Diet

By Lexi Herrin

There are lots of ways that you can improve your overall health. Whether it be adding exercise, changing up your diet, or simply adding more nutrients, there are some pretty unbelievable benefits that can change your life for the better. One simple thing that you can do is add a little bit of whole grains to your diet. Not only are they high in nutrients and fiber, they also lower your risk of heart disease, strokes, and type 2 diabetes. They can also support your digestion and even reduce chronic inflammation. It's crazy to think that changing your diet with something so small can make a big difference but, it certainly can change your life in amazing ways. 

High In Nutrients and Fiber

Whole grains contain several different nutrients. Some of those include, fiber, B vitamins such as niacin, thiamine, and folate, minerals such as zinc, iron, magnesium, and manganese, protein, antioxidants such as phytic acid, lignans, ferulic acid, and sulfur compounds, as well as plant compounds such as polyphenols, stanols, and sterols, which help play a role in preventing diseases. The exact amount of these nutrients may change based on the type of grain, but they are extremely important in your regular diet. 

Lower Risk of Heart Disease, Strokes, and Type 2 Diabetes

Whole grains are a heart healthy food and heart healthy foods have been known to decrease the risk of heart problems such as heart disease and strokes. Whole grains have also been known to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. Not only is it heart healthy, it is also rich in fiber and magnesium which helps your body metabolize carbs and decrease the risk of obesity. Because the risk of obesity is decreased, so is the risk of type 2 diabetes. The two are often linked.  

Supports Digestion and Reduces Inflammation

The fiber in whole grains has been known to help with digestion. Not only does the fiber help with bowel movements, it also can act as prebiotics which basically helps out the good bacteria that lives in your gut, improving digestion. Whole grains have also been linked to reduced chronic inflammation. Inflammation has been linked to several chronic diseases and whole grains can help reduce the inflammation, in turn helping out those who suffer from chronic inflammation.  

Sometimes it can be mind-blowing when you find out what little things you can do that will improve your health. It may even be things that you never even expected. If you want to find out more awesome ways to improve your overall health, find out more from your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. They've got walk-in visits, extended hours, and affordable prices without the hassle of insurance. If you are concerned about your family's health, find out more at The Joint Chiropractic today.

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

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