Food is your body’s fuel!
Would you just put any random fuel in your car? Without checking the source, whether it’s the right composition and the right type? Of course not, you carefully check whether it’s diesel or petrol (or else) and that it has the right grade.
And how about your body? Do you know what is the right ‘fuel’ for your body?
Food is your fuel and the type of food you eat can make a huge difference to how your body and your brain perform each day. Eating well-balanced, nutritious food can really make a difference! Studies show that not only does a healthy diet improve your energy levels and the rate of your body’s recovery (e.g. from injury or illness) but it also prevents multiple serious health conditions such as type 2 diabetes or heart conditions.
A few interesting facts about the impact of food on your wellbeing:
- In 2016, researchers found that a diet with a high glycemic load may cause increased symptoms of depression and fatigue. (1) (High glycemic load diet is such that contains a lot of refined carbohydrates such as soft drinks, biscuits, etc.)
- A healthy diet can prevent dementia and cognitive decline as we age. (2) One of the best diets to support this positive impact is the Mediterranean Diet which is rich in vitamins D, C and E, omega-fatty acids and fish.
- A diet rich in fibre promotes growth of the good bacteria in your gut: meaning improved metabolism and digestion.
- Certain foods and beverages have been found to improve sleep helping you to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. E.g. almonds and walnuts contain melatonin – a hormone which regulates your sleep/awake cycle. Eating a handful each day can increase the level of this hormone in your blood and have a positive effect on your sleep cycle. (3)