Between the Pinterest boards full of protein diets, the endless weight loss tips we see online and the countless low-carb diet foods we see in the grocery store, it’s getting more difficult to determine what we should and shouldn’t be eating. VarCity HQ did a little leg work for you and scoured the internet for the common themes we saw from nutritionists throughout the internet.
Below is VarCity’s Part 3 of our top 10 list of nutrition rules that almost all experts agree with:
5. Eating Vegetables Will Improve Your Health
Vegetables are good for you. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and an endless variety of trace nutrients that science has just begun to uncover.
In observational studies, eating vegetables is associated with improved health and a lower risk of disease. We recommend that you eat a variety of vegetables each day. They are healthy, fulfilling and add variety to your diet.
Vegetables are rich in all sorts of nutrients. Eating vegetables each day is associated with improved health and a lower risk of disease.
6. It Is Critical to Avoid a Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is a unique vitamin that actually functions as a hormone in the body. The skin makes vitamin D when it is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. This is how people got most of their daily requirement throughout evolution.
However, a large part of the world is deficient in this critical nutrient today. In many places, the sun simply isn't available throughout most of the year. Even where there is sun, many people tend to stay inside and use sunscreen when they go out. Sunscreen effectively blocks vitamin D generation in the skin.
If you're deficient in vitamin D, then you're actually lacking a major hormone in the body. Deficiency is associated with many serious diseases, including diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis and others.
To find out if you are at risk, see a doctor and have your blood levels measured. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to get enough vitamin D from your diet. If getting more sun is not an option, taking a vitamin D supplement or a tablespoon of cod liver oil each day is the best way to prevent or reverse a deficiency.
Vitamin D is a crucial hormone in the body and many people are deficient in it. Reversing a deficiency can have powerful health benefits.