Posted on February 21 2018
Eating healthy is recommended by just about everyone, but why should you spend more money on healthy food? Well, where should we begin. Eating healthy can improve productivity. Just like a car, your brain needs quality fuel to run efficiently. When it comes to your job, working more efficiently can help you earn more, since high achievers are usually first in line for promotions and raises. One 2012 study published by Population Health Management found that eating an unhealthy diet puts you at a 66% increased risk of productivity loss.
Secondly eating healthy might seem to be more expensive at the beginning but it can in fact help save more money in the long term that is because life insurance rates are largely based on age and health. If you’re shopping for life insurance, the life insurer will likely ask for permission to get your medical records, and may require a life insurance medical exam. You may even face double the cost if you’re obese. Switching to a healthier diet and maintaining a good weight before you apply for a policy could significantly lower your costs.
Feeling a little down, grumpy, or tired? That could be the cost of an unhealthy! That's because what you eat has an impact on your brain, including the parts that regulate mood. Although there’s no single food that does everything, maintaining a stable blood sugar through regular, proper nutrition will help you feel better overall on most days. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, such as fruits, whole grains and vegetables, have been associated with an overall lower risk of depression, as have foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as nuts, salmon and other fatty fish. Eating healthy can reduce stress too. When your body is in a chronic state of stress, it breaks down protein to prepare for battle, but certain foods have the ability to moderate the body’s level of cortisol, the stress hormone. Some studies have found that consuming foods with omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium may help reduce cortisol levels. Eating a protein-rich diet, including fish and dairy, can help replenish protein stores and keep cortisol levels low.
Regulating weight is also a very important roll of healthy eating. Since more than half of Americans are overweight or obese, and obesity contributes to nearly 1 in 5 American deaths. Even if it’s only by 5-10%, reducing your body weight can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to the Obesity Action Coalition.
Last but not least eating healthy can help you live longer. The same diseases that make you feel bad and cost a lot of money may also lower your life expectancy. Having a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables, in combination with exercise was associated with extended life expectancy for women in their 70s, according to a study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Also other studies have shown similar associations between a long life and calorie restriction.
To see a few more reasons why watch the short video we found online.
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