You live in a culture where being busy is valued. You are too busy for breakfast, too busy for lunch and too busy for a proper meal in the evening. Not only your meal times disappearing, designated meal places are also on the way out. And so you eat in the car, at your desk, walking down the street or on the sofa in front of the TV.
Unhealthy eating has been named as the most common cause of premature death around the globe. A poor diet which involves eating too few vegetables, fruits, nuts and grains and too much red meat, salt and sugar was shown to be a bigger killer than smoking and alcohol.
Nutrients from the foods you eat provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every little cell in your body, from your skin and hair to your muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems. You may not feel it, but you are constantly repairing, healing and rebuilding your body.
Every cell in your body has a life – a stomach cell lives about a day or two, a skin cell about a month, and a red blood cell about four months. So each and every day, your body is busy making new cells to replace those that have expired. And how healthy those new cells are is directly determined by how well you are eating.
A diet that includes plenty of whole grains and fruits and vegetables, along with moderate consumption of nuts and seeds, lean sources of protein, and lowfat dairy foods can supply all the nutrients your body needs.