They say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” but does this idiom actually have some truth to it? While eating an apple every day may not be able to prevent a trip to the doctor’s office, the idea of eating healthy and maintaining a nutritional diet can certainly go a long way to preventing health problems that could land you in the doctor’s office. Why not prevent problems from happening in the first place, right? Here’s the positive impact that healthy eating can have on you and your family.
The leading causes of death in the US are chronic diseases that can often be prevented just through healthy eating and leading a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, poor diets, sedentary lifestyle, heavy alcohol consumption and smoking can all play a role in the development of chronic and serious health problems including cancer, diabetes, heart attack and cardiovascular disease. By eating a healthy, balanced diet and making other changes to improve your daily routine and lifestyle, you could prevent chronic disease from affecting you.
Improve Your Mental Health
Not only do we reap all the health benefits and reduce our risk for disease when we make healthy eating choices, but also it could impact your mental health. Studies have shown that people who get the proper nutrients and vitamins from a healthy diet were also less likely to deal with anxiety and depression.
Furthermore, poor diets can also make mood disorder symptoms worse; therefore, if you have already been diagnosed with depression or anxiety it’s important that you talk with your general practitioner about your nutritional intake to ensure that you maintain a well-balanced diet to support good mental health.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
As you may already know, obesity is an epidemic in the US. Being overweight or obese are serious because they also put you at an increased risk for a variety of serious health problems including diabetes, heart attack and high blood pressure; however, by following healthy eating habits and getting routine exercise your doctor can help you lose excess weight safely while also helping you adopt better eating habits such as portion control and mindfulness eating.
Healthy eating isn’t always intuitive. If you have questions about maintaining a healthier lifestyle or about proper nutrition your general practitioner is happy to answer your questions and provide you with the proper nutritional care you need to support your health.