What Eating an Unhealthy Diet Can Do to Your Health

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Ever heard the phrase “What goes in comes out”? When it comes to your diet, that is more than just a statement about how your digestive tract works. The things you’re putting into your body – food, drink, and even the beauty products you use – all have a profound effect on how you look and feel on the outside.

If you’re less than satisfied with the outside you, looking at what you eat and drink is a really good place to start. Here’s a few reasons why you should consider eating healthier food.

Raise Your Risk of Disease

Perhaps the biggest factor that poor food can play in your health is increasing your overall risk for disease. Poor nutrition and bad eating habits have been directly linked to at least four of the top ten leading risk factors resulting in death.

High-fat, high-sugar, and high-carbohydrate diets have all been linked to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. If you’re looking for a proven diet to promote a healthy lifestyle, try starting with eating more fruits and vegetables. 

Ruin Your Teeth

Bad eating habits can not only increase your risk of disease, but they can impact your teeth as well. Foods and drinks high in sugar and carbohydrates can lead to cavities and/or stained teeth. It may even result in the need for more invasive dental procedures, such as root canals, or the need to pull teeth. Fortunately, even though dental work can be a nuisance, it’s also a somewhat easier fix than developing a chronic disease. Cosmetic dentistry can restore your confidence by whitening or realigning your teeth.

Risk Your Mental Health

You may not always think of your mental health as being impacted by your diet, but eating poorly can be just as much of a risk factor for mental health as it is for your physical health. Your brain needs vitamins and minerals for its essential functions just as much as the rest of your body does, and unhealthy food may not be getting your noggin the nutrition it needs. This is especially concerning in young children, whose brains are still developing and need the proper balance of nutrition to grow correctly.

Increasing your daily intake of healthier foods may not be a simple task, but in the long run, the change is well worth the effort.

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