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Published on February 1st, 2013 | by Guest Contributor


Eating the Right Food: 3 Medical Benefits You Can’t See

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Everyone knows that they should be doing what they can to eat better, but it’s not always easy to do so. If you work a busy schedule, you might find that eating healthy can be a bit difficult, and that it’s easier to resort to fast foods instead of paying close attention to their diet. While most people realize that healthy eating will result in better looking skin and a more toned body, there are health benefits to eating well that you can’t see with the naked eye.

The following are just a few reasons to consider eating healthier foods, even if you can’t physically see the difference as it occurs.

1. Improved Blood Health

High blood pressure is one of the most common health concerns among Americans, and while genetics certainly play a major role in this issue, so does diet. A diet rich in fatty foods and cholesterol can dramatically raise your blood pressure over time; salt is also a major culprit. While you might not see much a difference in the short-term, years of eating fatty, salty foods will definitely take their toll.

Healthy blood issues (like a strong white blood cell count, healthy blood pressure, iron levels, etc) are so important to monitor. Unfortunately, many Americans struggling with health issues from simple allergies to cancer treatment could have prevented or at least prepared for health issues if they had just tested their blood levels. It’s easy to monitor one’s health, even something as complicated as blood work with tools like (where you can find facilities in your area where you can get your pressure tested) or even just a simple checkup at the doctor’s.

2. A Healthier Immune System

Do you get colds multiple times a year? If so, you’re not alone. You might not realize, however, that the food you eat can dramatically affect your immune system.

Healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that help keep the immune system functioning properly. Since poor-quality foods lack these nutrients, your immune system suffers when you indulge in too much junk food.

3. Fewer Toxins in the Body

Processed foods and non-organic produce can be full of toxins – like chemical additives and pesticide residues – the majority of which you can’t see the naked eye.

There’s no doubt that these toxins affect your body, and it’s best to avoid them whenever possible. By sticking to organic and  unprocessed foods, you’ll be doing your part to ensure that your body takes in as few toxins as possible. Look for foods that don’t contain ingredients that you don’t recognize as food.

About the author: This advertorial was supported and written by Jen Smith, a holistic health activist specializing in cold prevention.

Image Credit: Women Laughing with Salad photo via Shutterstock

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