Why It's Important to Maintain a Healthy Diet

We are all aware that we should aim to eat as healthily as possible and many of us are regularly making, and then abandoning, plans to improve our diet and eating habits. While we are all aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, not everyone has a clear understanding of exactly what goes on when we let the quality of our diet slip.
Having a better understanding of the underlying science behind healthy eating makes it easier to make and stick to dieting plans. In this article we take a look at some of the effects of a poorly balanced diet and how you can avoid feeding an unhealthy lifestyle.
Emotional Wellbeing
A good and balanced diet is essential for our emotional wellbeing. This is because our brains require certain chemicals, known as neurotransmitters, in order to function properly. These neurotransmitters are produced in the brain from chemical building blocks known as amino acids. Some of these amino acids, known as ‘essential amino acids’ can only be obtained from the food we eat and cannot be produced in the body.
The primary neurotransmitters involved in regulating our moods are serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. Exactly how these neurotransmitters are able to regulate our mood, as well as other neurological and biological functions, we still do not fully understand. However, they are worth reading up on for those who would like to gain a deeper understanding of how brain chemistry is related to our overall moods and wellbeing. The website Examined Existence has a good online guide about dopamine.
Healthy Immune System
Just like our brains, our immune systems also require access to the necessary building blocks in order to synthesize the proteins and other substances required to construct our body’s defenses against infection and disease.
Poor diets are linked to higher levels of overall illness, both because of the effect a poor diet has on our body’s ability to maintain a healthy immune system, and also because of illnesses relating to specific deficiencies.
Save Money
One of the best things about eating healthy is that you can save yourself a lot of money. The best way of eating healthily will always be to prepare your own meals. This allows you to control what goes into the food you eat and means that you can tailor recipes towards your overall health goals.
The next time you go grocery shopping, instead of buying frozen meals and pre-prepared food, try buying raw ingredients. You will find that you can get a lot more food for the same amount of money by doing things this way.
When you get home, you will have to do a bit more work in preparing the food, fortunately, however there are now a plethora of websites and other online resources where you can find recipes to suit any taste.

Maintaining a healthy diet brings with it numerous benefits for our overall health and we should all be striving to live as healthily as possible at all times.

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