17 Reasons to Eat Healthy That Aren’t About Weight Loss

There is a trend in the world that we seem to use weight as the only sign of health or illness. We do have a huge (pun intended) problem with overweight and obesity in this country. Over half of us can be called overweight or obese.  This isn’t our only problem though. Skinny people get sick along with everybody else. When it comes to sickness and health, it is a big (and common) mistake to think that we need to wait for some sign that we are broken before we start doing something healthy. We want our blood pressure to be sky-high, joint aches or spots on our skin before it makes sense save our own lives.

Eat Healthy Snacks Like Fruit

If you want to eat healthy treats fruit is a great choice.

So here are 17 reasons to eat healthy, nutritious foods that aren’t about weight loss. Honestly, I could probably list 170 but how much time do you have to read?

1. Eat Healthy for Beautiful Skin

One of the first signs of Vitamin/Mineral deficiency, dehydration or a lack of healthy fats is skin problems.  Eat healthy by avoiding foods you are allergic or sensitive to. Eat healthy to help you eliminate acne, dry skin, hives and other skin problems.

2. Eat Healthy to Boost Your Immune System

Remember the outrage when it came out that we were sending soldiers into battle without the right kind of body armor? Well, if you don’t eat healthy you aren’t getting the vitamins, nutrients and minerals you need and your immune system will not have to equipment necessary to defend you from infections from fungus, bacteria or virus.

3. Eat Healthy to Keep Those Bowels Moving

People don’t become constipated because they have a laxative deficiency. It is usually because they are dehydrated, not getting enough fiber from fruits and vegetables and aren’t getting the vitamins and nutrients they need.

4. Eat Healthy to Energize!

So many people are tired these days. Even the ones who are getting plenty of sleep. Eat healthy to provide the energy needed to handle a job, school, family recreation or whatever you need to do. Unfortunately, the foods that make up the bulk of our Standard American Diet (SAD) are mostly foods that will drain us of energy like sugar and refined grains.

5. Eat Health for Brain Power

You don’t need to have ADD/ADHD to suffer from some brain drain. All of us have times when we aren’t sharp mentally. Eat healthy to improve your ability to focus and concentrate. For example getting all your B vitamins can help keep you focused.

6. Eat Health to Beat Cancer By Avoiding Cancer

We focus a lot on curing cancer when the truth is that it is much easier to avoid it. There are many cancers (breast, colon, etc.) out there that can be avoided in some cases by simply fixing our diets.

7. Eat Health to Age More Gracefully

Oxidative stress ages our bodies from the inside out. This is the same process that metal undergoes when it rusts. Eat healthy foods with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals while staying away from junk food to slow the effect of aging. This keeps you beautiful, active and healthy for longer.

8. Eat Healthy for a Speedy Recovery 

If you are an athlete then you know that every workout takes time to recover from. Getting the right amino acids, vitamins and minerals can shorten the recovery time between workouts letting you get more done.

9. Eat Healthy to Get Rid of Gas

If you ever feel gassy or bloated it is because of what you are eating and the health of your GI tract. Staying away from foods that lead to upset stomach will help but it is more important to fix bacterial overgrowth in your gut. If you eat healthy then you are using the best treatment for these problems.

10. Eat Healthy to Sleep Easy – 

Many people who have trouble with getting to sleep aren’t getting enough of the right minerals such as magnesium or the right amino acids such as tryptophan. When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep when you eat can be just as important as what you eat.

11. Eat Healthy to Be Kind to Your Heart

Heart disease is the most dangerous killer of Americans year after year. There are mountains of evidence showing that how you eat has a big impact on your heart health and cardiovascular system. One of the best things you can do for your heart health is to avoid sugars and refined carbs. Instead, eat healthy fruits, fats and good protein sources.

12. Eat Healthy to Cure Type II Diabetes

We can’t cure a common cold but for many Type II diabetics this deadly condition can be cured using nutrition and exercise. Pharmaceutical approaches are actually inferior to this type of intervention.

13. Eat Healthy to Fix Muscle and Joint Pain

Whether your muscle and joint pain is due arthritis, a sports injury or multiple sclerosis these problems can be greatly improved when you eat healthy, avoid inflammatory foods and are well hydrated.

14. Eat Healthy to Ace Your Next Physical Exam

Think of good nutrition as a way to “study” for your next physical exam. If you are looking for perfect blood work, blood pressure and other exam findings then a commitment to eat healthy  gives you the best shot.

15. Eat Healthy to Get Past Depression

Depression is a chemical imbalance as well as a psychological problem.  Many people can fix this by making sure they eat healthy by getting enough of the right kinds of foods. The chemicals that signal our brains for feelings of happiness are made from the nutrients we eat. Make sure you are getting enough!

16. Eat Healthy to Stop Feeling Hungry

When you eat healthy foods it is easier to full faster. In addition you don’t feel as hungry between meals. Unhealthy foods make us more and more hungry leading to overeating and misery.

17. Eat Healthy Because You Deserve to Feel Great

This is probably the best reason to eat healthy.  It makes you feel great in your mind and body. Health is about being able to do the things you want to do as well as you want to do them. You can’t have great health without great nutrition.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Joan

    Well put. Now about those sleep issues… 🙂

  2. Jason Young, DC

    Don’t worry. I have a post coming soon about sleep!
    (And how it helps you lose weight :P)

  3. Melissa

    Thanks for this post. It was well said. I start back to work this week and have started to get a lose some energy around 2ish and as I read this I realized that maybe I’m not getting the most healthy of foods in my body. I hope to do better. Can’t wait to read the post about sleep too. 🙂

  4. Jason Young, DC

    Lisa, you are not alone! Many people are dragging at about 2-4 in the afternoon. No…. It’s not a sign that you need a 5 hr energy.

    Try this. Lay off carbs until after 4 pm. Before then they can make you sleepy. Try and eat plenty of proteins, nuts, Healthy fats, and veggies. Plus keep well hydrate and you will notice a difference.

    Oh yeah… You have to get good sleep when the time is right too! Look for that sleep post soon.

  5. Melissa

    Thanks so much for the suggestions. I knew i wasn’t alone. 🙂 I’ve been getting between 7-8 hours of sleep, which is usually what I get most nights.

  6. Jeannie Cooper

    Jason, this is GOOD!! miss your presence at UWS…

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