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Why Eating Healthy Is So Important

Updated on September 18, 2016
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Why eating healthy is important?

This is not a trick question or statement. Many people may be wondering what's the big deal about healthy eating?.

You may have asked the same question many times as well. Usually when you want to have your own way with food or when you are depressed, are oftentimes the reason for asking this question. What many people do not know is that eating healthy will actually help reduce that feeling of depression.

So before we can delve deep into this conversation let us talk about what is healthy eating and then we can discuss its importance.

Eating healthy facts

In some people's mind healthy eating might be

  • Placing yourself on a strict diet that will eventually result in weight loss

  • Eating lots of fruits and vegetable

  • Not treating yourself to sweets, pastries and fast foods


Eating healthy really means eating for the benefit of being healthy. You will incorporate foods in your daily diet that will be beneficial to your health and well-being. These foods will have the required nutrients for sustenance to keep the body working in optimum condition and to repair damages done to our system.

These are some of the areas where health might be an issue:

  • your immune system

  • heart health which includes high/low blood pressure

  • skin, hair and nail health

  • bone health

  • eye health

  • kidney and liver health

  • cellular health

When you eat for your health you may be eating to help you heal after an illness so you will eat foods targeted to that specific need. You change your eating habits to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

People will eat healthy for these reasons:

  • During pregnancy

  • While recovering from an illness or accident

  • For weight loss

  • For weight gain

  • To maintain their weight after losing weight

  • For general health

Healthy Food Habits

The first reason is that eating unhealthy foods can cause irreparable damage to our system. Technically, no food is bad, it's how we prepare the food and consume it that is the problem. For example chicken is not a bad food or bad for you (unless it is packed with hormones), but batter fried chicken might be bad for your health especially eaten in excess. For some people it is best to stay away from fried chicken permanently. The point is, preparing the food will determine the health worthiness or health value of the food.

In order to eat healthy, the food has to have the nutritional properties required for your health. Eating healthy is required from the minute we are born in order to facilitate growth and development. Babies need calcium in order for proper bone and teeth development; protein to build muscles and for brain function. Adults also need these basic nutrients to maintain healthy muscles and brain activity as well.

In addition to these two basic nutrients as we grow into toddlers, as we get older and go into tween and teen years and even into adulthood, we become more dependent on other nutrients for our own growth and development. So it is very important that our parents start to feed us foods that help fight off diseases, assist with development and for brain function.

As children we are not generally responsible for what is prepared but as adults we are responsible for what we feed our kids and ourselves. The onus is on us to keep the family healthy so we need to be able to identify what foods will do just that.

Cellular health

When we eat, the nutrients are absorbed into our bodies and utilized by our cells. These cells are responsible for distributing the nutrients to the various parts of our bodies such as what the immune system needs, what the heart needs and so forth. Cells make up our tissues and organs so they are the foundation of our physical structure.

Unhealthy cells cannot absorb or utilize these nutrients so it is important to keep or cells in tip top shape. All health problems are a result of unhealthy cells so it is very important to keep them healthy. In order to keep these cells healthy we need a daily dose of vitamins and minerals which includes anti-oxidant rich foods to help keep out toxins.

It is very important to eat healthy as this will prevent certain diseases or assist with recovering from these conditions. Eating healthy should start early in life in order to maintain healthy cells, so if you do get ill your cells will be in great shape to help repair the damage.

Eating healthy means longer life.

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