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Now more than ever it is essential that we take care of ourselves properly. One important way of doing this is to make sure that we are consuming the right kinds of food. Eating well is absolutely vital to ensuring that our bodies remain healthy, strong and resilient in these trying times. There are a number of food groups which are beneficial to our health, but none are more nutritious or nourishing than fruit and vegetables. Ordering a fruit and vegetable delivery and eating fresh, wholesome produce that has been grown locally can positively influence our health in a number of significant ways.

 

Weight Loss

Fruit and vegetables are naturally low in fat and lower in calories than most processed foods. Eating fruit and veg is a crucial step for people who want to maintain a healthy, moderate weight or lose weight. Being overweight seriously compromises the overall health of a person and leaves them exposed to a number of severe health risks such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and even some cancers. Obesity can also negatively affect a person’s self esteem or confidence which can then have a very detrimental effect on their mental health and wellbeing.

Many fruits and vegetables are high in fibre which is important for managing control of weight. Dietary fibre helps regulate hunger and reduce appetite. Some fruit and veg are quite filling, particularly when eaten after a healthy meal, and this can reduce a person’s cravings for unhealthy, harmful snacks. Some fruit and vegetables which are high in fibre include apples, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, potatoes, beetroots and cabbage. They can keep hunger and its risky temptations at bay by making a person feel fuller for longer.

A weekly fruit and vegetable delivery box can serve as a healthy alternative to the sugary, fatty snacks you may find yourself falling prey to otherwise. It is a simple and efficient way of helping to keep you on track of your weight loss goals.

 

Heart Health

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death or disability in Ireland today. Common heart diseases include angina, heart attacks, strokes and various blood vessel diseases such as coronary artery disease. Making healthier lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the risk of a person developing premature heart disease.

Eating healthily lowers blood pressure and increases energy and activity levels. This makes exercise far easier to achieve and sustain, with increased physical activity being possibly the best way of combatting heart disease. A consistent and effective exercise routine encourages weight loss and helps keep the muscle of your heart strong, durable and resistant to disease and infection.

Exercise also helps to significantly lower stress levels and release tension. It has been scientifically proven that exercise can help a person to quit smoking as they become physically fitter and less reliant on cigarettes to ease stress or provide a nicotine boost. Smoking is extremely dangerous to heart health and one of the leading causes of heart disease. It severely damages both the structure and the function of arteries.

Many fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene which help prevent or reduce plaque from cholesterol and other substances collecting within and clogging arteries. Some of the best fruit and vegetables for maintaining a healthy heart include broccoli, strawberries, oranges, carrots, tomatoes, squash, kiwi and pink grapefruit. But, thankfully, almost all fruit and vegetables are naturally low in calories, fat and sodium.

Ordering a fresh fruit and vegetable delivery box is one simple lifestyle change you can make in order to keep your heart strong and healthy.

 

Mental Health

What you eat has a major impact on how you feel. Eating healthy food can help protect your mental health and keep your mind fit and strong, just as much as any other part of your body. There are several studies that suggest there is a close relationship with diet and mood. Generally speaking, a diet rich in protein, moderate in carbohydrates and low in fat can help improve the mood and activity levels of most people. Eating healthy improves your energy levels which in turn can improve your self-esteem.

In addition, the minerals and vitamins naturally provided by fruit and vegetables are essential to the health of our brains. They help our brains to function properly and keep them sharp and active. Depriving our brains of these essential nutrients can have a very damaging effect on our minds and increase the risk of mental health problems like depression and anxiety.

While eating healthily can help reduce or mitigate the symptoms of depression in some people, it is important to note that a healthy diet is not a sole cure for depression, anxiety or mood disorders. If you have a mental health issue which persists, you should seek the help of a doctor or mental health professional.

 

Strong Bones

Another health benefit of a fruit and vegetable delivery is increasing and maintaining bone strength. Usually when we think of food for healthy bones we tend to think of milk, eggs and other dairy products. While these foods are certainly very beneficial to bone strength, they are not the only food group that keep our bones strong.

Many fruits and vegetables contain the vitamins and minerals the human body requires to grow and build bone mass. A healthy diet for bones is a diet sufficient in calcium, magnesium and vitamin K. Some fruit and vegetables which provide these vitamins and minerals include broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, pak choi, beetroots, tomatoes, potatoes, oranges, pineapples, grapefruits and strawberries.

Keeping your bones strong and healthy by eating fruit and veg can reduce the risk of bone related issues later in life, such as osteoporosis. A combination of eating the right fruits and vegetables and absorbing a healthy amount of regular sunlight should help ensure your bones stay strong and sturdy for as long as possible.

 

The Health of Future Generations

Children learn their eating habits and health behaviours from watching the adults who are around them in their daily lives. The children of parents who eat healthily and exercise regularly are far more likely to replicate this and maintain such behaviours than the children of parents who fail to exercise and eat poorly.

Eating fresh, healthy produce and ordering a fruit and veg delivery box on a weekly basis is a great example to set for future generations. Teaching children about the importance of healthy eating and exercise can increase their productivity and protect their mental health. This will have a direct influence on their performance in school and the quality of their future lives.

 

When you eat well, you live well. You are healthier, happier and more energetic. A healthy diet enables you to perform at optimum levels and engage with life as best as you can, helping to protect you from disease, illness and infection. It keeps your body functioning as it should be and allows your mind to be alert, active and less susceptible to dark or troubling thoughts. At a time when so much is outside of our control, eating well is one simple but very effective way to remain in control of our own health and happiness.

 

Article written by Nicholas Collender.

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