It’s about that time of year; the sun is out, your local gym is packed and probably has a significant wait time for the treadmill, and everyone kicks up their diet regimen to get nice and presentable for the summer months and their bathing suits.
Part of being healthy is indeed getting into shape, losing weight and hitting the gym hard, but all of the crowdedness in the gym is futile if you’re not eating right, which unfortunately, many people are guilty of. Eating right shouldn’t just be done to look good on the beach, it should be done to be healthier, feel better, and stave off illness with a strong immune system. Here are some other reasons that you should be looking to at healthier this summer.
Productivity sometimes slumps during the summer months, the hot weather and the lure of other fun things will do that to you as you work. However, the brain needs to be fueled sufficiently in order for you to be successful at anything. One study found that eating unhealthy foods puts you at a 66 percent increased risk of productivity loss. Eating a healthy, balanced diet to make sure your brain has the fuel it needs means more energy and increased productivity at work and in your life.
Healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables are known to boost feelings of positivity and happiness when consumed. As opposed to fast foods, with chemicals, grease and fat, that are known to slump your mood after the initial happy feeling of eating it wears off. Fruits increase dopamine, serotonin and decrease depression.
Different foods have the ability to moderate our body’s level of cortisol, which is the body’s stress hormone. Foods high in vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium help reduce cortisol levels. Having a protein-rich diet, including fish and dairy, can help replenish protein stores and keep cortisol levels in check.
Drinking water, opting in for vegetables instead of fatty snack foods not only help you lose or control your weight, they help fatten up your pockets too. A much cheaper and healthier choice, replacing soda and other not so healthy foods and drinks can be beneficial in a number of ways.
Constant unhealthy eating, particularly over a long period of time can put you at major risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Muscle mass, bone density and many other vital things in regards to your health, suffer when healthy eating isn’t part of your routine.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.