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It’s no secret that what you eat has a profound impact on your health. From heart disease to diabetes to high cholesterol levels, a poor diet can have a devastating effect on any number of different health conditions. Conversely, a good diet can help you in a variety of ways as well. Your diet actually affects far more than just your health, however, in ways which might even surprise you. Here are 3 ways bad eating habits can do more than just harm your health.

Your Diet Also Affects Your Moods

Moods are actually the result of a complex system of neurotransmitters and hormones as well as other factors such as blood sugar levels. One of the primary “feel good” neurotransmitters is serotonin. Low serotonin levels have been linked to depression, which has in turn been linked to a number of other issues such as chronic insomnia. Eating a diet rich in amino acids and other nutrients are known to have an impact on moods can actually help create a sunny disposition.

Your Diet Affects Your Skin

After years of research, the specific causes of acne continue to remain unclear. Particularly because, like moods, it can be caused or affected by a number of conditions such as stress or hormonal swings. There is no doubt, however, that there is definitely a link between your diet and acne. Unlike a diet primarily targeted towards losing weight or lowering cholesterol levels, developing a diet that helps minimize or control acne can be challenging. You might consider consulting a professional nutritionist to help you work out a nutrition plan.

Affects Your Sleep and Energy Levels

Most people are familiar with the concept of a sugar rush or caffeine high, but they might be less familiar with how other foods can have a similar effect. In addition, sugar rushes and caffeine highs are often followed by crashes that can leave you far worse off than when you started. Good energy levels start with stable blood sugar. Simple carbohydrates such as those found in most processed foods can drastically raise blood sugar levels the same way sugar can, to be followed by the same type of crash. Complex carbohydrates, however, break down far more slowly in your system, keeping your blood sugar stable and your energy levels high.

For too long, diets have been inextricably linked with weight loss. While maintaining a healthy weight is certainly important, it is by far not the only reason to eat a healthy diet. Your diet affects a wide range of other factors and conditions, so even if you are a healthy weight, that is no excuse to not maintain a healthy diet.



By Marlena Stoddard
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Biography: Marlena Stoddard is a freelance writer who received her BA from the University of Georgia. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband two kids and puppy Molly Belle.

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