21 Oct 7 Reasons To Add More Vegetables Into Your Diet
We’re advised to adhere to the 5+ A day rule of a least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day, yet many of us are struggling to reach this target. Incredibly, some people consume less than two serves of vegetables a day. I work with plenty of clients who are at the beginning of their health journey and are simply struggling to consider vegetables as one of the main attractions of their meal.
Perhaps it was the way they were raised, where meat was accompanied by a side of potatoes and some boiled peas. All too often, I see vegetables considered as an afterthought rather than playing a leading role. It’s a shame because there is not only so much nutritional goodness gained from eating veggies, but they’re just so delicious and versatile.
You probably don’t need another lecture as to why you should be eating your vegetables, but I’m going to kindly point out that by eating vegetables you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll lose weight, have glowing skin and have much more energy. Not convinced? We’ll here’s 7 reasons to start upping your intake!
Veggies will give you a natural glow
Don’t waste your money on expensive facials and skin treatment that promise to give back your more youthful looks. Just eat more vegetables! A study by the University of St Andrews, found that by upping your vegetable intake you can achieve glowing skin in just a few weeks. This likely to be due to their ability to alter skin pigment and improve your circulation so there is more blood flow to your skin’s surface.
Veggies can boost your energy
If your energy levels are lacking, chances are the foods you’re consuming aren’t providing your body with enough nourishment. Vegetables are the ideal source of fibre, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants which act to improve your immunity, mood, circulation, digestive function, blood sugar levels and insulin regulation. All that and you’ll be feeling more energised throughout the day.
Veggies can help you drop the excess kilos
Research shows people who consume more plant foods and less animal products tend to weigh less. Of course there are unhealthy vegetarians, but by making vegetables your meal’s mainstay rather than meat, you’re more likely to drop excess kilos. In fact, in a study over a five-year period, those who increased their plant food intake and reduced the amount of animal foods, gained the least amount of weight. The high amount of antioxidants and fibre in veggies is believed to be one of the main contributing factors.
Veggies can help improve your digestion
The health of your digestive system plays a huge role in your health and how well you feel. If you’re feeling bloated and a little ‘backed up’, it’s likely you may need a little more fibre in your diet. Enter vegetables which are loaded with natural fibre that will help you eliminate waste and keep your digestive system regular. The fibre will also help balance out any dysboisis in your gut bacteria too!
Veggies may improve your emotional wellbeing
A local study has found that the amount of fruits and vegetables you consume has a collation with your emotional wellbeing. Those who ate a diet rich in fruits and vegetables were found to be more energised and calmer, and overall they felt happier. They also reported feeling intensely curious and had exhibited greater creativity during the days they consumed more fresh produce.
Veggies can boost your endurance
Working out without nourishing your body can not only reduce your performance but also impair your recovery. Consuming vegetables has shown to have the ability to boost your endurance and reduce exercise-induced stress. So veggies can not only help you perform at your best, but also aid in your body’s recovery.
Veggies will lower your risk of developing chronic diseases
A higher intake of vegetables has a profound impact on lowering your risk of heart disease, certain cancers and stroke. A study by the University of Leicester found that by eating just one extra serve of green leafy veggies, including your brassicas like cabbage and Brussel sprouts, you could also significantly reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is believed to be due to a combination of the vegetables antioxidants and the phytochemicals that help combat the free radicals, which are greatly responsible for the development of disease.