Different Diets

I love using Nigerian slangs. Orishirishi is a Yoruba word that means “varieties”, or “a combination of many things”. This is a brief post on healthy diets.

In this post, I will be opening your eyes to the importance of having a variety of foods. After reading, you will be able to know if your diet is responsible for the symptoms you are having.

Nutritional deficiencies are on the rise these days. Many don’t know this because they appear in the form of diseases. One vital nutrient is lacking in almost every disease you can think of today.

Some Diseases Caused by Nutritional Deficiencies

 

Disease

 

Nutrient Lacking

 

Anemia

 

Iron (this is also called iron-deficiency anemia)

 

Osteoporosis

 

Magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D

 

Rickets and tetany

 

Magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D

 

Goiter

 

Iodine

 

Keshan disease

 

Selenium

 

Merasmus/Kwashiorkor

 

Proteins

 

Growth retardation

 

Zinc

 

Beriberi

 

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

 

Pellagra

 

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

 

Scurvy

 

Vitamin C

 

Hemophilia

 

Vitamin K

 

Night Blindness

 

Vitamin A

 

Benefits of Having a Variety of Diet

  1. You will live a healthy life

Eating various types of food will spice up your life. You will be healthy. Even studies have shown that people who eat the same food over and over again are more prone to diseases than people who eat varieties of foods.

This exposes your body to a lot of nutrients and phytochemicals that your body needs. The risks of you coming down with a nutritional deficiency will be so low.

  1. It will reduce your risks of chronic diseases

People who eat a variety of foods have low risks of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. They also have reduced risks of chronic diseases like cancer.

If you want to have a healthy body, a healthy heart, healthy organs, and live a healthy life, you should vary your diet. Eating just a particular class of food over time will cause you more problems in the end.

You will have a healthy waist circumference if your diet is varied. You won’t be prone to obesity and you will not have increased body fat.

  1. Your diet would be balanced

Right from our primary school, we’ve been taught what a balanced diet is and its importance. We will have all the nutrients our body needs. Make sure your food contains all the six major classes of foods.

These are proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, healthy fats (avoid hydrogenized oils and trans fats), and water. Others that are highly important but probably not well known are:

  • Probiotics (gotten mainly from fermented fruits and vegetables)
  • Fibers (gotten from green vegetables and fruits)
  • Phytochemicals (gotten from herbs, green vegetables, and colorful fruits)

How to Balance Your Diets

  1. Be deliberate

Make a conscious and deliberate effort to include all the classes of food in your daily meal plan. You mustn’t eat all classes of foods in one meal. You can spread them.

For instance, you can have proteins and vegetables for breakfasts, carbohydrates, and vegetables for lunch. Then for dinner, you have fruit salad or vegetables. You can also have smoothies.

If you do this, you can be sure of having all your vital nutrients daily.

  1. Take herbal teas

Increase your intake of herbal teas. You can have them early in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also have them in-between meals and at night before going to bed.

Herbs are medicinal plants. They are man’s first medicines and the use of herbs dates back to the origin of man. You can make any herbal tea of your choice by boiling any part of the plant in water and drinking the sieved liquid as tea.

Good herbal teas you should include in your daily meal plan are ginger and lemon tea, moringa tea, green tea, cinnamon tea, fennel tea, etc.

  1. Cook with herbs

Use herbs in preparing your meals. This will also increase your usage and intake of herbs. Apart from the medicinal properties of herbs, they are wonderful spices.

They improve the taste, aroma, and appearance of your food. Turmeric gives your food a wonderful color. Thyme also does the same. Ginger gives your food a unique taste and aroma. Garlic is awesome.

Just try putting these herbs in your food. They will make your food healthier. Remember that your food should be your medicine and vice versa. Use herbs to boost the effectiveness of your foods.

  1. Have nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are rich in many phytochemicals. They improve your brain health and your overall health. You can have them roasted. In this way, you can take them as snacks in between meals.

You can also use them to make other foods. I once read of a South African Stew made using cashew nuts and the picture was amazing.

  1. Green smoothies and homemade fruit juices

At least once daily, you should have a green smoothie or fruit smoothie. This will help you take in these foods raw and they are more effective when taken raw.

Most of the nutrients in green vegetables are destroyed by heat. Taking your green vegetables in the form of smoothies will ensure all your nutrients get into your body intact.

It is easy to make green smoothies at home. Get any green vegetable of your choice. This can be spinach, parsley, lettuce, basil, etc. and blend using water or coconut milk until it becomes smooth.

You can add any fruit and herb of your choice when blending. Have a cup of this once daily and your body would thank you for it. You can also blend fruits in the same way but don’t sieve them. Take in whole fruits.

You discard precious nutrients such as fiber when you sieve your fruit juices. Don’t add sugar or any artificial sweetener to your fruit juices and smoothies.

  1. Learn food combination from other cultures

This would help to broaden your diet. You won’t get bored with eating the same combination. My travels and interactions with people have helped me learn and appreciate other culture’s foods.

You can even go online and get food recipes and try it out. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. It is fun and you can make your journey towards health fun.

 

 

Medical Disclaimer

The information on this website is a collection of peer-reviewed studies, research, and real life observations. We are sharing this for you to be healthy and disease-free. Some of the information here are sensitive and also controversial. So we advise that you use your judgment and intuition. Also, the information here is just to educate and not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure diseases. Although this is protected under free speech, it is not advisable to use this as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you want to do anything stated here or handle your health issue naturally, do so under the supervision and direction of a naturopathic physician.

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