A healthy, balanced diet can help provide energy and lower your risks for the leading chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. It can also help you maintain a normal weight. Certain diseases or conditions have proven relationships with specific nutrition or dietary elements.
A positive change in dietary lifestyle is what grants the greatest protection. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Of those plants, you have the best chance of getting the phytonutrients you need by eating a rainbow of colors.
Still, it’s helpful to have some guidance on what to eat day to day, and this underlies many of the popular diet fads. If you’re wondering where to begin, the Mediterranean diet is rich in many of the “healthiest” foods and avoids many of the less healthy choices.
The more you follow the Mediterranean diet, the lower your risk of a host of diseases.
The researchers found that following a mediterranean diet was inversely proportional to the risk of health conditions including heart disease, strokes, cancer (overall), and neurogenerative diseases.
Some of the components of the Mediterranean diet include fruits and vegetables (a lot), nuts and seeds, seafood, whole grains, good extra virgin olive oil, and plenty of herbs and spices. Foods that aren’t included include highly processed foods, refined grains, refined oils, and added sugar.
There are healthy Nigerian foods and you can learn to switch over to them.
According to the age-old saying “health is wealth”. I suppose this statement has been validated over the years as people are learning how to improve their health by improving their recipes. Thereby saving money that should have been spent in hospitals.
The importance of eating healthy foods cannot be over emphasized. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks, by far.
Few in the list are: Ginger, more Fish less Meat, replace Red meat to Chicken, more of Vegetables, Garlic as Spice, pumpkin leaves to soup etc.
And dont forget the Fruits.