When your mother told you “Eat your veggies”, she wasn’t wrong! Vegetables are really important for your body’s development and proper maintenance, and are generally have a low calorie count too. So now that you know vegetables are important for you, here are 10 good reasons why your should start eating them daily:
- Leafy green vegetables improve brain function and give your brain a power boost. Vegetables such as kale, arugula, romaine lettuce, spinach, and broccoli all give your brain necessary nutrients like beta carotene, folate, and vitamin k. Repeated consumption of these vegetables are thought to fight mental decline that comes with aging.
- Veggies like beans and lentils are full of fiber, and improve digestion and gut health over time. Having digestion issues? Try introducing these fibrous vegetables into your diet and see results in a few weeks!
- Non-starchy vegetables such as carrots, beet greens, string beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes have active vitamins and nutrients that help fight type-2 diabetes. If you have diabetes related concerns, I suggest trying to eat more of these vegetables to help prevent diabetes.
- At a more mature age, the older you get the higher your general risk for heart disease is; eating plenty of vegetables are a great way to boost heart health and reduce chances of high blood pressure and cholesterol rise which put you at risk of contracting the disease.
- Fresh vegetables are cheaper than the processed junk we all like to indulge in daily, so substituting snacks with low-cost vegetables will save you money and keep you healthy. Sounds like a good deal to me!
- Eating more vegetables in substitute of the more fattening foods in your current diet will help you lose weight, as vegetables are naturally lower calorie and benefit your body’s overall function, helping you shed pounds.
- Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower speed up your metabolism, helping you digest food faster and slow down the fat storing process in your body. This can prevent substantial weight gain!
- Vegetables like red beets are high in nitrates, which are important to maintaining a healthy blood pressure. I recommend eating beets or asparagus to people with existing heart or blood pressure concerns.
- Some vegetables like Swiss chard are rich in antioxidants, which help slow down the body’s oxidation process that occurs when someone is exposed to free radicals and radiation. This can help to prevent the development of many types of cancers.
- Have any liver concerns? Are you someone who frequently drinks alcohol? Artichokes are an essential diet addition to help protect your liver and help tissue growth in your body, that can fight negative effects of common alcohol consumption on the liver. Artichokes also produce more bile, which flushes out the toxins in your liver.
Turns out, mother does know best!