You will lead a far healthier and happier life when you put more effort into what you eat. Have you ever wondered what happens inside your body when you eat vegetables? As it turns out, a lot. It won’t be too long before you start to see the changes and feel the benefits, now, let’s look at what happens.
Vegetables are chockfull of fiber and thanks to that boost in your fiber intake, you will notice that your digestive system works more regularly and efficiently. There is a key to this, though. Fiber can also constipate you if you’re not careful, so to make sure you’re getting the correct benefits you should also drink more water when you increase your vegetable intake.
If you’re considering eating more vegetables with the plan to improve your digestion, then you should consider introducing them slowly. If you jump in too quickly you may find yourself with diarrhea.
A study from the Imperial College London discovered that enjoying over five servings of vegetables (and fruit) every day an reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, heart attack, and an early death, moreover, doubling your intake to 10 servings could make a serious change. If everyone in the world was to do this almost 8 million people could be saved from a premature death.
Any vegetables in particular that are best for this? Yes, vegetables from the cruciferous family and dark, leafy greens, too.
Vegetables are filled with vitamins and minerals, which your skin will thank you for. Your skin benefits from the boost in vitamin C, water, and phytonutrients. In fact, the latter has been touted as an effective way to prevent damage from environmental toxins, the sun, and stress, too.
The best vegetables for this are those of orange and red colors – thanks to their beta-carotene, so think carrots and tomatoes.
Boost Your Immune System
What better way to increase your immune system than with a healthy dose of vitamin A. It will also benefit your skin and eye health. The good news is watermelon, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomato, carrots, and lettuce are excellent sources of vitamin A.
Additionally, vitamin C provides your body with a much-needed boost.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
When we are feeling particularly stressed we often reach for comfort foods. Unfortunately, when we think about foods that bring comfort it’s generally unhealthy. While ice cream is delicious and macaroni and cheese is the best, these aren’t exactly the foods you should turn to in your time of need. In fact, they’re just going to make your stress levels worse.
Instead, you should turn to vegetables. They’re going to bring you far more comfort. When you’re under stress, your body needs vitamin C, vitamin B, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids – and you can get all of those from vegetables. Of course, these are also key to relieving the symptoms of anxiety and depression, which can also stem from stress.
Now, if you were to ask yourself what happens inside your body when you indulge in sugar, saturated fat, trans fats or any of the other nasties that come with your favorite foods, what do you think the answer would be?
We all know the answer is not good – so, why on earth would we subject our body to such a horrific experience so often? It’s one thing to enjoy a treat now and again, but the foundation of your diet should be rooted in fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, and lean proteins. Whatever you do, don’t forget to exercise regularly!