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Why Eating Healthy Is So Important

Updated on September 18, 2016
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Carolee is a passionate writer with a love for learning and teaching. She is a published author, poet, blogger, and content creator.


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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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Yoginijoy, you are so right about the kids and what is being marketed to them. When I was in high school we were taught nutrition and I do hope that our children nowadays are taught the importance of eating healthy. Thanks for visiting.

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Such an important topic for everyone on the planet, thank you for addressing the importance of eating healthy. I worry about the children, so much money is spent on marketing junkfood to them and with all the fat, salt and sugar in it, they get used to the taste. It is hard to get them off it! I hope that nutrition is taught in the schools sooner rather than later. Great hub! Voting up and useful.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you my prince. Alastar, it's a wonder so many of our children are experiencing diseases that were once reserved for the elderly. Parents are too busy these days to prepare meals from fresh ingredients so our children healthy along with ours are suffering as a result.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Its good you make the distinction between what we may think is healthy eating and what healthy eating really entails. For instance one might say oh this fried chicken has protein but like you have here that isn't healthy eating with heart probs. Glad you brought up the children too 'cause i see some that basically are feed spaghetti and bananas and canned food. Now, if i could just get those few parents to read this. Worthy and needed hub Carolee.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Teaches, thank you so much for always reading and commenting. I am making a note to checkout your hubs sometime. I really appreciate the support.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great topic and well covered with wonderful suggestions. I think eating healthy does make a great difference as we age. Thanks for sharing and enjoyed the read. Voted up!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi again Mts1098, thank! You know some people eat for survival, some eat for other various reasons but the ultimate goal in eating is to stay alive, eating for our health is eating to stay alive.

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      mts1098 5 years ago

      You know your phrase eating for your health opened my eyes so wide you should have seen. Never have I heard it expressed that way but you are exactly correct. We started shopping at a Whole Foods about 9 months ago and our bodies can tell the difference. WF is a natural food store...cheers and thanks

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Green Lotus. Believe it or not, fats are good for some people. What might be healthy or unhealthy for me might be the opposite for you. I wanted to keep this general and not be an advocate for weight loss or one particular type of diet.

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Important information Cardisa and I too am glad you didn't "bad mouth" fats! The info on how healthy cells work is very interesting as well. Thanks.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Genna. You are right, when we make it a habit if eating healthy we begin to crave healthy foods because we start to feel better inside as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “We are what we eat.” When one maintains a healthier diet that is rich the foods you have mentioned, we actually begin to crave those foods. I can’t eat anything that has been deep fried, for example, and I love munching on fresh broccoli, nuts, carrots and apples as snacks. Excellent hub.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hello Genuineaid, I couldn't have said it Thanks for reading and leaving such nice comment.

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      Vlad 5 years ago from USA

      Very good points :)

      In other words what you eat is what you are and what you'll feel like.

      Eat junk = feel like junk and the skin may even show some undesired rashes, zits, or spots.

      Good article :)

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Laura, I realize that when you say healthy people think "oh no, weight loss". When people say diet they think weight loss. We need to learn what eating healthy means for or general health and wellbeing. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Hi Angela, most os us do that especially when we have a sweet tooth. We need to train ourselves to eat healthy and one cookie wont hurt any

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      The Raggededge, Thanks for reading and commenting. I believe it's how we eat, what we eat and when we eat that's important. As I said, no food is bad but how the food is prepared. Some people might be able to have saturated fats while others can. One has to choose what's best for them.

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks for this important hub. Many people see eating healthy simply as the road to weight loss, but as you point out, it is a great way to make your body stronger and healthier overall. I find that eating healthy gives me more energy and makes me happier overall.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      I need to eat more healthy. Today I did really good, then I had to overeat by adding a cookie to my already full stomach. I do that kind of thing all the time. I'm already full, but I see something sweet, and crash it. I also need to be eating more fruits. The summer will help.

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      Bev 5 years ago from Wales

      I am so glad you didn't cite saturated fats as being the bad guys! For too long the western world has subscribed to the erroneous theory that fruit = healthy, fat = unhealthy.

      You are completely right - food source and preparation are really important. Nicely written.