How Nutrition Affects Your Health

March is National Nutrition Month, and we couldn’t be more excited! At Yoli, we know that the way you eat has a powerful impact on your life. Today, we want to talk about how your nutrition can affect your health!

Physical Health

It won’t surprise you that your body needs a wide variety of nutrients to function at its best. Protein, for example, helps build and repair tissues, makes enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals, provides the building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood, and helps build and maintain lean muscle mass. Carbohydrates are a great source of energy throughout the day. Healthy fats help your body absorb other nutrients and are beneficial for your heart, joint, and brain health. These are just a few examples of why it’s so important to eat a variety of nutrients.

The way you eat also affects your ability to maintain a healthy weight. While the amount of food that you eat is obviously important, the quality of the food you eat also matters. By putting an emphasis on nutrients rather than simply focusing on the amount you eat, you’ll find it much easier to reach and maintain a healthy weight for your body.

Emotional Health

Your nutritional choices don’t just affect your physical health. They also impact your emotional health!

Let’s look at some research. This study suggests that eating more fruits and vegetables is associated with lower risk of depression and anxiety, and this study showed improved mood with increased fruit and vegetable consumption not just for one day, but for the next day as well. Research also suggests that a healthy, high-quality diet may have positive effects on mood regulation. And finally, it’s important to recognize that just the knowledge that you’re fueling your body with high-quality nutrients can help your emotional health!

The way you eat is important for your health, so we hope you’ll continue to make your nutrition a priority. For more information about working toward optimal health, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!