An apple a day will keep the doctor away
March is one of my favorite months because it is National Nutrition Month. As a Registered Dietitian, it really inspires me to reach out and educate as many people as possible on the amazing benefits that nutrition can have in your life. For example, did you know that although an apple only technically has about 6mg of antioxidants it actually exert 1500mg of antioxidants per apple (Collins, 2013)? So you may wonder why antioxidants are so important. Research supports that these powerful compounds play a role in reducing the risk of cancer, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and some arthritis conditions (WebMd, 2015). I guess the saying is somewhat true, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”!
Manage your weight
Another example is the important role of fiber from whole foods. Foods like whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Increasing your fiber is an excellent strategy to help manage your weight because it makes you feel full so you eat less. It also improves cholesterol levels and improves blood sugar (Mayo, 2017). Let me give you one word of advice though, add additional fiber to your diet slowly and increase your water intake. Otherwise, you may experience bloating, flatulence or issues with diarrhea.
High Quality of Life
Now, I don’t want to give the wrong message about nutrition. It’s not just about antioxidants and fiber, it’s about having a high quality of life. When you eat well, you feel well. You will have more energy, be more productive, and improve your health. You will be less prone to lifestyle related diseases such as heart disease, depression and some forms of cancers. Who doesn’t want to live a life free of these conditions?