Growing your own fruit and vegetables or buying seasonal food is a brilliant way to help the environment and support your health too. Have you noticed fruits such as raspberries and blackberries burst with flavour at this time of year compared to Winter?! And the size of courgettes and squash are remarkable! There are many health benefits from eating natural foods, and there is a good reason for it. Quite simply, our bodies are designed to consume whole and unprocessed foods, but unfortunately the more we stray from this, the more we increase our chance of encountering health challenges. Here are 5 reasons why natural foods are the superpower for optimal health: 1. Packed with nutrients Natural foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds tend to have more nutrients than processed foods. Nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fibre are essential building blocks for your body to keep it working at its best. 2. Reduced inflammation Unlike processed foods that are high in sugar, unhealthy fats, and artificial additives, that can cause inflammation in the body, eating natural foods can have the opposite effect by helping to reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and joint pain. By eating natural foods, you will help to keep your levels of inflammation low which can promote health and healing. 3. Aids digestion Many processed foods can be challenging for our body to break down, which stress our digestive system. Incorporating natural foods into your diet can help improve digestion and support gut health, essential for many health processes, including nutrient absorption, immune function, and brain health. 4. Sustainable weight management Processed and packaged foods are often high in added sugar, which results in higher calories. However, despite the high calories, unfortunately they often don’t keep us full for long in comparison to natural unprocessed foods. 5. Reduced exposure to toxins Chemicals and additives can be harmful to health and are often found in processed foods and packaged foods. These may contribute to health concerns, which is why if you can buy local and organic, or even better, grow your own food, you can minimise this concern. As you can see, eating natural foods offers many health benefits and can-do wonders for your health! As well as the areas described above, people also find that eating less processed foods helps with how they feel day-to-day too, such as increased moods and energy, reduced cravings, and better mental clarity. Plus, it will support your chiropractic journey! We understand that incorporating natural foods into your diet may seem daunting at first, but the benefits are well worth it. Like anything new, start small and build up. For example, it could be simply choosing an apple over a chocolate bar or adding an extra handful of vegetables to your dinner plate. Small changes make a big difference. Feel free to get in touch if you need additional support or tailored advice, and if you are growing your own produce, let us know how it’s going, we would love to hear! The content of this blog is for educational purposes and is not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog.
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