Why Healthy Eating is Important Even If You’re Skinny

Healthy eating, eating clean, detoxifying and all that healthy lifestyle stuff is often assumed to be a thing for the overweight guys and never for the skinny ones. So, it’s safe for skinny people to eat just anything they want to and at any time.

Many people who are naturally thin do not see the need to eat healthily nor exercise and so they go on and on eating junks (food with high calories and offer the body no nutritional benefit of any form)

Maybe we should start by talking about the need for humans to eat, thereafter, we talk about why healthy eating is good for everyone (including the skinny ones).

Now, here’s the thing we need to eat to supply their bodies with nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals) that then supply the body with fuel for energy, aid in tissue growth and repair, act in various biochemical reactions, and much, much more.

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Healthy eating as a choice and lifestyle means ditching the excessive high-calorie-low-nutrients foods and opting for foods with good nutritional benefits to your body.

So, just because you are naturally thin and even if you get yourself stuffed with loads of junks, it literally has no effect on your physical body doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any effect on your internal organs and your immune system generally. Remember what they say, “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!”

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Anyway, back to why healthy eating is important (for everyone)

1. Increased immunity

When certain vitamins and minerals are constantly missing from your meals, your immune system can become weak.

However, adopting a healthy, well-balanced diet with all the essential vitamins and minerals will ensure that your immune system is at its best.

2. For a healthy heart

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A poor diet and physical inactivity will increase the risk of heart problems for any person, regardless of their body type, especially, diets high in saturated fat, cholesterol and trans-fat.

But, diets containing large amounts of soy protein, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber can decrease the risk.

3. Decreased cancer risk

Counting back as far as our forefathers, certain diseases and infections like cancer and the likes that disturb us now was probably not in existence back then and it’s simply because they nourished their bodies so well that they had good immune systems and lived so long.
Cancer, however, became a big part of our lives when we introduced all sorts of meals and diets into our system.

Daily consumption of healthy meals like fruits and veggies which are rich in antioxidants help neutralize potentially damaged cells in the body known as free radicals which are responsible for the growth of cancer in the body.

4. For controlled blood sugar

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Sugary foods, like soda, white bread, ice cream and the likes cause a spike in blood sugar. While your body can handle occasional influxes of glucose, over time this can lead to insulin resistance, which can go on to become type 2 diabetes, no matter your body size.

Complex carbs, like those found in oat, brown rice etc, cause a slow release of sugar into the bloodstream, which helps regulate blood sugar.

5. Healthy skin

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If you think healthy eating only affects what happens inside your body and not what happens outside, then you might want to rethink that.

A healthy diet will make your skin, nails, and hair look healthier. And with proper hydration and intake of the right types of protein and fat, you can minimize acne and achieve glowing, healthy skin, making you look young and fresh.

Kehinde Omotosho is a content writer at healthfacts.ng who enjoys the punching sounds of the keyboard when conjuring words together to make a full entity. When she is not typing, she's examining a few fashion pieces and playing dress-up. Meeting people and smiling always are a few of her hobbies. For more details, send an email to info@healthfacts.ng