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How to Live Longer and Experience Better Health

By Geoffrey Hadley

It's true that we are what we eat and more important, what we absorb. A person who fills up on junk food each day is probably going to age faster and get sick more often than the person who eats a balanced diet and exercises daily.

Importance of Protein in Our Diets
Protein is not just important for building up mass and muscle. A lack of protein can cause obesity and other health problems. A diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates and sugar will leave you feeling full for a longer amount of time and actually aid in losing weight. A lack of protein in your diet causes the white bands across the nails. For shiny, healthy hair you need to consume a diet high in nutrients, mainly protein, beta-carotene, and iodine.

Fruits
New studies suggest once again that citric fruits including oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits help fight cancer, high cholesterol, and obesity. Studies both at Texas A&M and University of Kanasawa Medical University in Japan show that compounds in citric fruits can help reduce the risk of colon cancer.

One of the best ways to ensure good health is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Once you get in the habit, it is easy to add more of these items to your daily diet. It is also a great way to lose weight.

Vegetables
Eating your daily requirement of vegetables will help a lot in fighting off illness and disease. Juicing the vegetables is even better since it allows your body to absorb more of the nutrients.

How Nutrition Benefits Our Immune System
Eating well gives us energy and bolsters our immune system. Our immune system is weakened as our cells age. How do you aid your cells in staying healthy? Eat right, keep a healthy weight, and exercise daily. Keeping a positive attitude is important, too.

Supplements
Sometimes supplements are necessary. Even the person who eats nine or more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day probably needs supplements. After years of growing our food, the soil is so depleted of nutrients that the fruits and vegetables grown on it fall far short of containing all the vitamins and all the minerals we need each day.

Balance is the Key to Good Health
It is important for everyone to eat a variety of healthy foods, balance the food they eat with regular physical activity, and choose a diet with the right nutrients. If you have health challenges, are over- weight, chances are you are not in balance at all.

Whatever diet you choose to live by, the food you eat has to provide your body with the nourishment to properly balance your body's chemistry. Eating healthy enables your cells to stay strong, improving your overall health.

Eating healthy, combined with plenty of water and some exercise, is the key to long live and a strong immune system. There's no way around it: If you want a healthy body you have to feed it right?

The author studied herbal medicine for three years in the German Paracelsus School in Germany. Healthy_Life

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