Having a poor diet is probably one of the worst habits we can get caught up in. While the debilitating effects of habits like smoking and drinking are generally long term, a poor diet can rapidly affect the body’s ability to function properly. High-fat fast foods, while quick, cheap and easy, have very little to offer the body. Yet they have become prevalent in our fast-paced society. Fast food in general is very high in salt and fat, especially saturated fat. A salty diet is known to be a factor in the cause of high blood pressure. A diet high in saturated fat has been associated with increased blood cholesterol, which is linked with cardiovascular diseases like coronary heart disease and stroke. A high saturated fat diet in general is also associated with certain cancers as well as obesity. Fundamentally these foods lack essential nutrients and vitamins. This robs the body of the proper materials needed to produce energy. We are left with a tired, sluggish, and lazy body that has become complacent. This laziness becomes comfortable as a general feeling of heaviness pervades the body.
Sugar-filled soda or coffee high in caffeine has become the drink of choice as an energy supplement, but in reality this saps the body of even more energy. Caffeine is a stimulant of the central nervous system and therefore makes you more alert. It also seems to decrease absorption of calcium and iron. Roughly 400 mg or more of caffeine a day (3 cups of strong coffee or 8 glasses of coke) has been associated with poor job performance and insomnia. That’s not an ideal trait if you’re meant to be creating a contents Insurance comparison and supplying it to a customer. With only caffeine as an energy supplement, the body’s defensive systems are weakened. Sickness comes more often and stays longer. Arteries begin to clog as fat and cholesterol build up. Gastrointestinal and digestive problems mount as the body struggles to maintain operation without the proper materials. Excess fat, not burned off, deposits itself in unsightly places around the body. The body struggles to carry more weight with fewer and fewer reserves of energy.
Today, obesity is second only to smoking as a contributor to illness and premature death. Other illnesses known to be related, in varying degrees, to obesity are: sleep apnea, gall bladder disease, infertility, and degenerative arthritis of the knees, hips, and ankles caused by the stress on joints from carrying the extra body weight. Obesity can also lead to the onset of diseases such as noninsulin dependent diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, kidney failure, and certain cancers. It’s a downward spiral leading to an inevitable failure of bodily systems. The good news is that nutritional issues are now widely discussed in the media and eating better has almost become trendy. The bad news is that nutritionally poor food is still consumed by millions of people – which will no doubt increase as fast food chains continue to spread around the globe.
Don’t become addicted to a poor diet. Take control of your life, be healthy and feel better.