Achieve Superhero Status With a Super Healthy Diet
By Donna Stark
You wear a seat belt no matter how long the drive is and you put on a helmet when you go mountain biking on the trails. You also take the antibiotic your doctor prescribes when you are feeling under the weather and you still make sure to wait 20 minutes after eating before you dive into the water for a swim. I guess you could say that you are a super risk-reducer. But sorry, you're not ready for your cape yet because you are still missing the biggest and most important thing that will protect your health. A healthy diet.
Why Your Diet Is Important
We've all heard it before ... if you want to be as healthy as you can be, you have to consume a healthy diet. And while that's easier said than done, the impact of giving your body exactly what it needs and eliminating what it doesn't is huge. Did you know that serious health issues and medical complications can be reduced just by eating your fruits and vegetables? Well, those and a couple more things, but you get the point. So, if you want to earn that cape and become the superhero of all risk-reducers, be intentional about the foods in your diet! Take a look at what you can avoid in the future by doing so.
- Obesity and joint dysfunction
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Cardiovascular disease and stroke
- Type-2 diabetes
- Certain cancers
- Tooth decay
Start With a Healthy Diet
Listen, we all get it. Figuring out exactly what to eat isn't as easy as it sounds. It used to be that most people only ever counted their calories. But now, in addition to those calories, they are also counting their fat, protein, sodium, sugar, and macros. Times have really changed and if you're not sure what constitutes a healthy diet, it might be because there seems to be a different diet for everyone. You may need help, and if you do, you can always ask your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic for that, but until then, here are some very good suggestions on how to start eating healthier.
- Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables (at least five servings per day)
- Choose lean protein sources
- Opt for whole-grains
- Select heart-healthy fats
- Consume more nuts and seeds
- Drink water in place of sugary drinks
- Eliminate soda
- Reduce sugary, fatty, and salty food from your diet
Earning Your Cape
Choosing to make your lifestyle healthier takes some commitment, but we already know you've got that in you. You've exemplified the best of all risk-reducers, and by making the choice to eat healthier, you are one step closer to achieving optimal wellness ... and to securing that superhero cape!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash.