Monday, April 18, 2011

Eating Healthier While In College

By Fredrick Maxwell

While at college, many students find a new level of freedom they previously never experienced. This includes the ability to eat whatever they want at the campus food court. There you can often find junk food galore with anything from pizzas to ice cream.

Whether a student likes it or not, what they eat has a huge affect on their health. Junk food is similar to poor quality gas for a car. Feed your car poor quality gas, and you'll probably have problems down the road. If you want to stay awake in class, and improve your focus and ability to study, you need to eat healthier.

If you want to protect yourself from the colds and flus circulating throughout the campus, getting enough vitamins and minerals is essential. With the consumer mentality that most people have, the solution may appear to be to go out and buy vitamin and mineral supplements. In reality though, the absolute best source of vitamins and minerals is food. You can use a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement as a precaution though, just in case.

Vitamins are available from many different kinds of plant sources such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. Raw vegetables and fruits are the best source as they are easy to digest and cooking is known to destroy many nutrients. You can get vitamin c, which is important for a strong immune system, from oranges, limes, lemons, grapefruits, and other citric fruits. Vitamin E is readily available from both seeds and nuts, while vitamin A can be found in carrots, kale, and many other kinds of vegetables.

It is well known that cooking destroys valuable nutrients in foods. This is a good reason to make sure you include lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in each meal. The salad bar is a great place to get food in a college cafeteria. Fresh vegetables should be consumed with most meals. For breakfast, fruit is always an excellent complement.

Consuming healthy food doesn't only mean you avoid junk food. It means you eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits. Staying healthy with a well balanced, nutritious diet will help you perform better in daily life, as well as school.

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