Many people associate a healthy nutrition with losing weight. But eating clean benefits each and everyone in many more ways than weight control. Eating clean is not a diet. It’s a lifestyle. A lifestyle of giving your body what it needs to be as healthy, fit and happy as you can be. Finding it hard to imagine that food affects your life? Discover some unexpected benefits of clean eating and find out why it’s worth giving it a try.
Eating clean makes you more productive
When in rest, a large part of our body’s energy is consumed by our brain. And the energy comes from your nutritional intake. The better the fuel, the better your brain runs. And the worse the fuel, the worse it functions. Whereas unhealthy foods lead to a loss in your brain’s productivity, the right nutrition boosts your ability to concentrate and your efficiency. So make sure to eat clean and achieve more.
Eating clean prevents you from serious diseases
A clean diet today, a healthy body tomorrow. Eating clean benefits your body in the long term: it decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases –high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke- and therefore prevents you from the biggest killers in today’s society. Unhealthy eating, in contrary, may result in many of those typical lifestyle diseases as well as in diabetes, arthritis and cancer. Eating clean therefore means not only to invest in your quality of life but also in your future health. You’ll spend the rest of your life in this body. So take care of it.
Eating clean frees your taste buds
Most people today have a busy schedule. That’s why it’s become pretty common to grab some processed and packaged foods and eat them on the go. The problem about it: Industrially processed foods are crafted to tease us with the “right” amount of sugar, salt and fat to make us crave for even more of them. Even if it might sound over the edge, we somehow get addicted to those foods and our taste buds get used to high amounts of salt, sugar and fats. In conclusion, you might start to perceive healthy foods as too low in taste. Eating clean helps you to free your gustatory system and to start experience more different and natural tastes. Finally, you’ll perceive industrial foods as too salty, fatty and sweet anyways. And enjoy the benefits of clean foods without missing anything.
Eating clean boosts your energy level
We’ve all known the drop in energy after some unhealthy foods in our lunch breaks. That feeling when you don’t feel like working at all and just seem to wait for the working day to pass. But have you ever wondered why this afternoon sleepiness occurs? If your lunch contains a lot of simple carbohydrates, it leads to an abrupt increase of your blood sugar level. As sugar – in high amounts – can actually be dangerous to your body, it starts to release high amounts of insulin which transports the sugar molecules from your blood into the cells – with the consequence that your blood sugar level drops and your body craves for more sugar. A vicious circle in which your body constantly releases insulin starts and leads to drowsiness. A balanced lunch consisting of complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain breads or pasta, vegetables and protein prevents you from afternoon sleepiness and the depression and discomfort that come with it. Give it a try.
Eating clean makes you more balanced – and happier
A healthy mind lives in a healthy body. If you supply your body with everything it needs, it will let you feel it. Not only will clean eating reduce mood swings, some foods even help your body to reduce the release of the stress hormone cortisol. You will feel more balanced, fitter and healthier and enjoy life to the full.
So start to go for a clean lifestyle and take advantage of all those benefits. Take care of your body. Because it’s the only place you have to live. Don’t know how to get started? Learn the basics of a long-term healthy lifestyle in the Freeletics Nutrition Coach and discover plenty of clean and tasty recipes.