Be Smart, Eat Smart
They say knowledge is power. Having adequate information or knowledge on any subject, nutrition in this case, allows you to be in control of what goes into your body and in result, prevent diseases and health conditions. Being smart in choosing what you eat, paired with adequate exercise, you’re in the cornerstone for good health.
1. Juice is Filled with Sugar
Everybody knows that fruit juices are delicious and healthy, but not everyone knows that most juices sold on the shelves are often loaded with high concentrations of sugar, which is hard for the body to break down. The best option for you will be to go for the natural, freshly cold-pressed juice as a healthier alternative. Another reason to choose whole fruits is because it’s filled with bountiful nutrients and antioxidants, including fibre, which can slow down the body’s absorption of sugar.
2. You Can Eat Fats
Many assume that fats are the enemy and it should be avoided at all cost. It’s quite the contrary. There are different kinds of fats such as saturated fats and unsaturated fats that naturally occurs in our food. Our bodies depend on fat to protect our organs and retain body heat. Fat also act as a form of transportation, for the oil soluble vitamins A, D, E and K to be imparted throughout the body. If you have been avoiding healthy fats, you have been starving your body from essential vitamins which in turn, may lead to vitamin deficiencies. Choosing the right types of fats is key for maintaining a smart eating habit. For example, saturated fats such as Virgin Coconut Oil and Palm Kernel Oil are excellent for cooking because they are highly resistant to heat-induced damage, however polyunsaturated fast such as olive oils or certain seed oils should only be used for foods as dressings or toppings and should never be used for frying or high heat cooking because they easily oxidize when they’re heated.
The smart choice? Eat quality unprocessed foods such as avocados, seeds, fish, coconuts, etc. and try cutting down on those unhealthy deep-fried foods.
3. Carbs Aren’t All Evil
The carbohydrate debate has many of us confused. Is it good or bad? What matters when it comes to carbohydrates is the kind you are choosing. The best source of carbs are unprocessed whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Stay away unhealthy carbs, commonly found in the form of white bread, highly processed foods and pastries. These contribute to weight gain.
4. Protein Isn’t the Best Source of Energy
Athletes and those looking to bulk up usually turn to protein as their source of energy because exercising breaks down proteins in the muscle, making it an important nutrient to compensate. Despite an athlete’s need for protein, using it as a source of energy can compromise the restoration of muscles. It’s often believed that consuming protein in large amounts result in muscle mass, but that is incorrect. Only physical activity can increase muscle mass.
5. Sodium Isn’t Always Bad
This is a tricky one. While sodium helps regulate blood pressure and volume, too much of it over time can cause high blood pressure. Often loaded in highly processed food, you would find that changing your diet to a lessen sodium intake significantly reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney damage and high blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends that we consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium daily; check with your primary care provider or a dietician to determine what number is right for you.
6. Drink Plenty of Water
Water is the most underrated nutrient yet highly significant. It makes up 60% of the human body, prevalent in every organ, tissue and cell. The wonders of water are bountiful, including stabilizing body temperature, protecting our spinal cord and lubricating the joints. If that’s not enough to convince you, water also flushes through our vital organs, which helps them stay in tip-top shape. So, what are you waiting for? Fill that water bottle and get hydrated!