When it comes to our health and fitness, many of us take ours for granted. We probably consume way too much beer, spend too much time on the couch or gaming, eat too many of the wrong things, and don’t get enough exercise or eat the right things in the process. When we’re younger, we think we’ll live forever, and that we can drink what we want, eat what we want, do what we want, spend a day in bed recovering, and then repeat the entire unhealthy process all over again. As we grow older however, and the aches and pains begin to crop up, and we find that we’re not able to recover as quickly as we once did, then we begin to realize that perhaps we’re not immortal, and that we should take our health more seriously. Cleaning up your diet is a great way to start, and one food group which are getting more and more positive attention are nuts. Eating nuts have been scientifically proven to have an array of health benefits, and there is even evidence to suggest that they could even prolong your life.
Nuts are rich in healthy fats – You hear about how saturated fats are bad for you, but you may also have heard about good fats, the fats rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Well, these good fats just so happen to be found in a whole variety of nuts. Good fats are great for not only lowering your bad cholesterol, which reduces the likelihood of heart disease, but they also help boost your metabolism, increasing the amount of calories you burn, thus providing you with more energy, and are even great for your hair and skin too.
They’re a great source of dietary fiber – Dietary fiber is great for your bowels and your digestive system as a whole. It too helps to lower and regulate your cholesterol levels, as well as keeping you regular as well. Dietary fiber helps your body to digest your food, allowing it to extract all of the nutrients and goodness from the food, before being broken down into waste. It is also great for ensuring you don’t suffer from constipation, which is not pleasant in the slightest.
They’re packed full of vitamin E – Always go for natural nuts and never salted or artificially seasoned nuts, as these are pretty bad for you. Natural nuts such as almonds, cashews, or even peanuts, taste great, and are also packed full of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an extremely powerful and extremely impressive antioxidant that is entirely fat soluble. Vitamin E works especially well by destroying and ridding the body of chemicals, toxins, and free radicals that could very well lead to diseases and cellular mutations such as the ones which cause cancer.