Friday, November 12, 2010

How to Determine if Your Diet is Healthy

Being free from illnesses or any medical condition is a good indication that you are healthy. To protect yourself from different health problems, you must observe a healthy diet. Here is a checklist so you can see if what you eat is healthy or not.

A healthy diet is usually based on starchy foods such as bread, cereals, rice, pasta, and potatoes. These foods are rich sources of energy and of a range of nutrients beneficial for a person’s health such as fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamin B.

Load your diet with lots of fruits and vegetables such as orange, apples, celery, broccoli, carrots, beans, and peas. Eating at least five parts of any variety can provide enough vitamins for your body and it also fills your stomach without having to worry on fats accumulation.

Consume some amount of fish dishes, because it has high amounts of fish oils. Fish diets can give your body protein, vitamins, and minerals that you cannot get from any other food groups.

Reduce intakes of foods with saturated fats and excess sugars such as meat pies, sausages, hard cheese, butter and lard, pastry, cake, biscuits, cream, and the likes. These foods have high complex calories, which usually rendered into body fats and sugars are the common cause of tooth decays.

Avoid salty foods. Excess salts in our body can raise our blood pressure, which in turn may cause some serious coronary and renal illnesses.

Drink plenty of liquids to replenish all of your water losses and to maintain proper hydration for your body.

Knowing what healthy foods are does not mean that you will become healthy. You need to apply what you know. Eat the right foods and lead a healthy lifestyle. You will be the first person to benefit from this.

“You do not know unless you do; you will not benefit unless you apply what you know.”

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