“What should I Eat?” A simple question asked by most people with a simple shrug of the shoulder. Harvard University’s school of public health recommends eating primarily vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy proteins and fats. They suggest drinking water instead of sugar rich beverages, and strive for most to have a better understanding of most dietary pitfalls such as sodium, vitamin deficiencies, and alcohol consumption. They also emphasize the importance of activity, weight management and disease prevention. Drinks that are loaded with sugar should be your last choice.
Those drinks contain a lot of empty calories and minimal nutrients. Consuming these drinks in excess can lead to weight gain and disease.
Some sugary beverages thought to be healthy such as sports drinks and juices are designed for extensive exercise that last more than an hour. Without activity they are just another source of calories and sugar. Energy drinks have as much sugar as soft drinks and large amounts of caffeine per serving.
That caffeine raises your blood pressure and aids in addiction. Most of these drinks have additives whose long-term health effects on humans are unknown. These drinks end with a crash leaving the consumer feeling worse than before. Water and water enhanced with juices and oil are better choices. Salt adds flavor to food and can be used as a preservative, binder, and stabilizer. The human body only needs a little bit sodium to conduct nerve impulses, move muscles, and maintain the proper balance of water and minerals. Excess sodium can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Maintaining a healthy weight is important for health. It lowers your risk of disease and many cancers. The types and amounts of food that you eat has a strong impact on weight. Some people genetically gain more weight than others or store fat in different places. Genes only help define health. Eating a healthy diet and staying active prevents the genetic predisposition for obesity. Exercising has the most health benefits with adequate sleep: Research shows a link between how much people sleep and how much they weigh. Common diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are perceived preventable. These diseases are linked to poor diet and lifestyle choices. More than one third of annual deaths are attributed to chronic disease. Three quarters of the health care dollars spent in the United States is for treatment of these diseases.