When most people talk about eating healthy they do so in the context of losing weight.
And while eating healthy can indeed help you shed those unwanted pounds, that is not the only benefit to doing so.
Here are 5 reasons you should start eating healthy today. None of which have anything to do with weight loss.
Your Sex Life Will Be Better
Yes you read that right!
Eating healthy can improve your sex life.
Right now the average American consumes around 16 grams of fiber per day. And while that is a decent amount of fiber, it falls short when you consider the recommended amount is a minimum of 21 grams per day.
While most of us associate fiber with helping to keep us regular, that isn’t the only reason you should fill up on it.
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, men are 14 percent less likely to develop erectile dysfunction when they consume high fiber fruits on a regular basis.
One of the best high fiber fruits is the pear.
One pear can provide you with almost 25 percent of your fiber intake for the day. That’s more than what you can get from either an apple or banana, both of which are also consider high fiber fruits.
Don’t like pears? No problem…
Other high fiber fruits include oranges, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.
Your Brain Will Function Better
Another reason you should consider eating healthy is because it will improve overall brain function.
According to The World Health Organization individuals should limit the amount of sugar they consume to no more than 10 percent of their daily calories.
By consuming too much sugar you put yourself at risk of developing heart disease.
But that’s not all…
Consuming too much sugar can also mess up the chemistry in your brain.
A study done by UCLA researchers found that rats who were fed a liter of fructose water everyday over the course of a six week period were more likely to have altered genes in the hippocampus and hypothalamus.
And while this does not directly correlate with humans and the amount of soda we drink, it does show that consuming too much added sugar can have negative affects on your health.
You Won’t Experience As Many Cravings
We should all thank Popeye for making spinach the cool thing to eat.
And while it won’t make your biceps pop like his, it will provide you with a healthy dose of vitamins K,C, and A.
Thylakoids, which is a membrane found in spinach, has been shown to help with appetite suppression and longing for food.
A study done on 60 overweight individuals found that those who consumed spinach experienced less hunger than those who were given a placebo.
Your Memory Will Be Better
When you consume a diet that is rich in leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables, not only will your meals taste a million times better, but they will also be better for you.
Eating a healthy diet has been proven to prevent cognitive decline. This means you will be less likely to develop issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
If you are considered a part of the aging population, making a few key changes to your diet may protect your memory as you get older.
Adding olive oil to your meals may be enough to keep cognitive issues at bay.
You Will Live Longer
I don’t know about you, but I have every intention to live to be 120 years old.
In order to do that eating healthy has to be a part of my everyday life.
When you think about it, diet plays a huge role in whether or not we develop certain health issues.
Everything from heart disease to certain cancers can be attributed to the foods we are eating.
The good news is changing your diet isn’t as difficult as you might think.
Instead of loading your grocery cart with chips, cookies, and soda, make a conscience effort to purchase more fruits and vegetables.
The key to a successful diet is to enjoy what you eat.
So we are not saying you need to cut out all your favorite foods. We are just saying you need to be resourceful and find healthy alternatives.
For example, instead of eating regular pasta, start eating whole wheat pasta. Instead of eating a box of buttery movie popcorn, make your own popcorn at home.
Avoid the temptation to throw everything out at once. Instead focus on making small, gradual changes over the course of several weeks or months.
As you start to improve your diet, chances are you will start to notice how much better you feel.
You will have more energy and way less brain fog.
You will also lower your risk for health issues such as stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart attacks.
To start your healthy eating journey check out these 7 tips that make clean eating a breeze.