The first benefit of good nutrition is to allow your body to do the job it was designed to do, which is to be healthy! The easier it is for your body to function normally, the more it can do all of its work without having to “put out the fires.” This means it’s easier for you to think, walk, talk, sleep, and do all the hundreds of things you do every day without even realizing it.
How do you know what good nutrition is? Think about foods that are unprocessed. This means that the fewer stages food goes through before it reaches your plate, the more nutritional value it has. Fresh peaches, plums or carrots are much easier for your body to break down and digest. Compare to a prepared meal that probably started fresh, went through a processing plant, and has now gone through many chemical processes to get to you. It is older, less fresh and not as lively as that fruit or vegetable.
The second benefit of good nutrition is that it is easier to recover from illness or injury. When you are sick, your body goes into overdrive to protect you and produces many different hormones and chemicals. This puts more “stress” on the system. When the underlying mechanism (your body) is relatively healthy, stress doesn’t last as long and doesn’t put as much pressure on your body as if you were sick. Think of the healthiest person you know. Someone who eats brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables, exercises, etc. Outside of serious illness or injury, notice that he is able to recover more quickly from minor or everyday illnesses.
This doesn’t mean you have to become someone who totally loves raw food or run marathons to be healthy. The bottom line is that humans didn’t evolve from hunters and gatherers to people who get the majority of their food from a can. The many wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) advances we’ve made in technology and food aren’t always to our advantage. Read “End of Food” by Paul Roberts if you want more information in this area.
The third benefit of good nutrition is to reduce mental stress. If you get an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals, both through food and supplements, your brain will work better. If your brain is nourished, it is easier to make decisions, ranging from the everyday to the complex. An excellent book on this subject is Dr. Mark Hyman’s “Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First”.
Good nutrition is essential to your health, and the good news is it’s in your grocery cart – think easy, simple and fresh!