The human body is a container in man’s threefold nature i.e. the body, soul, and spirit. For people that do not agree with this line of thought, the body being the vehicle that drives us through the journey called life is one fact that cannot be denied. Without a healthy body to function, you can’t go on with your daily activities. In considering the human body as a vehicle, you will discover certain similarities between the body and common automotive systems.
For all vehicles, proper maintenance and the use of the right products can improve their performance, quality, and longevity. The same applies to the human body. The body is a vehicle and the earth the auto zone. With everything needed to maintain an optimal level of health present within the earth’s atmosphere, there isn’t any excuse for maintaining low standards of health.
Taking Care Of The Human Body
We can take care of the body in various ways. A few are: adequate hydration, avoiding drug use, exercising, healthy sleeping habits, and excellent eating habits. Of all the methods mentioned above, one is very important and is the key to a healthy body and this is proper eating habits.
When we use the wrong set of products in a car’s engine, overtime the engine knocks. The same goes for the body. When we consume the wrong foods, although not immediate, the effects are usually disastrous.
With that said, it is very important to clearly define what is and what isn’t good for the body. Eating the right meals ensures the body stays healthy; different foods contain different nutrients and no single food can provide the body with all its required nutrients.
What Is The Perfect Diet?
To ensure that the body absorbs a wholesome amount of nutrients daily, health experts believe that meals within the day should contain an even blend of grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat, and beans: all products of the earth.
Another question that requires an answer is what exactly the right blend of nutrients is. A balanced diet is a diet that has the following:
- Minerals: calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and iron
- Healthy fats: soft or liquid margarine, avocados, nuts, and oil.
- Vitamins: A, B, C, D, E and K
- Water: essential for hydration, calorie control, skin and muscle health, kidney and bowel function
- Carbohydrates: starchy vegetables, whole grains, and legumes
- Protein: fish, chicken, red meat, dairy products, eggs, and beans
Apart from consuming the right meals, you should consider other factors such as the right amount of portions to eat, eating at the right time of the day, and avoiding late-night snacking. If these aren’t worked on, all efforts to eat healthily might end up being futile.
However, some meals do not promote healthy living in any form and you should avoid them. These meals are processed foods with a lot of chemicals and additives or meals that have high cholesterol, sugar, or sodium contents.
Some of such meals include coffee creamer, bleached/ white bread, diet sodas, fruit juice, deep-fried foods, bacon and sausages, sugar cereal, frozen entrees, white sugar, restaurant desserts, and fast foods amongst others.
Benefits Of Eating Healthy
When the body receives the right foods with the right nutrients, eaten in the right amounts, and at the right time coupled with other healthy practices, you will achieve optimal health. A few advantages of proper eating habits include:
- Weight loss
- Reduced cancer risk
- Proper diabetes management
- Improved sleeping patterns
- Improve memory
- Improved gut health
- Heart health and stroke prevention
- Improved immune system
- Strong bones and teeth and
- Better moods.
For bad eating habits, there are a wide number of demerits and all these lead to a lower quality of health, and ultimately affect the longevity of the body. Some of these demerits are:
- Type-2 diabetes
- Tooth decay
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease and stroke
- Increased risk of cancer
- Eating disorders.
- High cholesterol levels
- Being overweight or obese.
Weighing the two, it is beyond clear that special attention should be given to the kind of things that we consume. For superior health benefits, a good vehicle (the body), and longevity in the sojourn through life, it is best to consume from the earth’s abundant natural resources. You are what you eat, eat right!