In this series of blogs, this is the first part of two on nutrition. Today I'm just going to look at what three holistic benefits are to looking at your nutrition, and eating more naturally as a bit of a rule of thumb.
Firstly I want to say there's so much information out there on nutrition and people have different views and beliefs and different health conditions that all affect what you are and aren't going to eat. I'm not going to cover any particular diet for example vegan, keto, gluten-free, whatever, I'm not a nutritionist or dietitian.
I love to keep things simple and my simple rule that I follow myself and also within my programs is to keep it as natural as possible. Generally the more processed something is then, firstly the more nutrients that have been lost during that processing from its natural form, but secondly more toxins have been added into the final product. So the overall nutrition is lower and there's more empty calories inside what you're eating.
There's a whole host of physical and health benefits, but just across the board we're going to look at and your energy; how what you eat can improve your energy.
Eating more naturally is less likely to spike your blood sugar levels, which is where you might have the highs initially and then crash, it’ll help to stabilise your energy more throughout the day. So that's a physical benefit.
Then thinking about an emotional benefits one of the key proteins we need to get that can help with our serotonin levels is essential amino acids. That means we need to be able to get it from our diet. So eating the right foods can actually improve how we feel, not only because we've potentially got more energy, but also because separately it's boosting our serotonin levels which is our happy, feel-good hormone.
And then lastly a mental reason is it can improve our memory. People commonly have heard of omega-3 fatty acids helping our memory and that they can boost cell repair, brain cell repair. Therefore they can be preventative to certain conditions like neurodegenerative disorders and brain aging.
So that's a physical, mental and emotional reason to look at your diet. Make some simple changes, just look at how natural or not what your eating is and see if it's something that's a simple change for your well-being.
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