Improve Your Health With These 4 Dietary Dos and Don’ts

a woman about to drink a health vegetable and fruit smoothie.

Few people are aware that ‘our diet is the number-one cause of premature death and the number-one cause of disability’ (Gregor 2016). If our objective is to improve our health and reduce our chances of succumbing to disability and pre-mature death, both highly desirable states to avoid, then the very first thing we should do is improve our dietary habits.

But before we can make the necessary changes we must first know what constitutes a healthy balanced diet. The aim of this article is to provide you with a comprehensive overview of what the contemporary nutritional science consensus is on what we should and shouldn’t be eating.

I have, as a means of motivation, included a lengthy list of benefits that awaits those who adopt healthy eating principals (the list is taken from T. Collin Campbell’s The China Study). Whenever you feel yourself struggling to maintain ‘right eating’ principals reflect back on this list; better still, print it out and stick it to the front of your fridge.

If you eat healthy you can expect to:

live longer
look and feel younger
have more energy
lose weight
lower your blood cholesterol (without pharmacological drugs!)
prevent and reverse heart disease
lower your risk of prostate, breast and other cancers
preserve your eyesight in you later years
prevent and treat diabetes
vastly decrease the need for pharmaceutical drugs
keep your bones strong
avoid impotence
avoid stroke
prevent kidney stones
lower blood pressure
avoid Alzheimer’s