8 Ways the Mediterranean Diet Can Help You Live a Longer and Healthier Life

The Mediterranean diet has been named No. 1 on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets for the last six years and health experts say there are several reasons why. One of the main reasons is because the diet consists of whole, nutrient-dense foods and limits processed and refined foods, which are often high in unhealthy fats, added sugars, and salt. This way of eating is also rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and healthy fats, which are associated with a range of health benefits, including lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, and cognitive decline. The Mediterranean diet is considered a better one because it is not so restricted like keto, or the carnivore diets are. Joanna Troulakis, MD, a cardiologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens states “It incorporates the healthy components of several different countries’ diets. Rather than focusing on strict formulas and calculations, it is based on overall eating patterns. As such, it can be tailored to meet an individual’s preferences and goals.”

The benefits that come with eating a Mediterranean diet are vast and wide. The first thing you might notice after switching to this diet is better sleep. Much of the diet includes omega-3 fatty acids, which is linked to better sleep patterns. The next benefit is reducing inflammation. A diet high in plant-based foods, whole grains, and healthy fats, like the Mediterranean diet, may help reduce inflammation in the body. Because this diet is low in processed foods and high in in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber this diet keeps people at a lower risk of chronic diseases and death. This makes the third and fourth benefits an increased lifespan and a lower risk for heart disease. It is a scientific fact that consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish, and low in red meat and saturated fats can help protect the brain from cognitive decline. That means this diet also prevents against dementia. Not only does it fight dementia it can also lower the risk of prostate cancer. This is because of the combination of reduced inflammation and better blood flow. Many people worry about their vision as they get older, but this diet can improve your vision as you age. This is because many of the foods in this diet fight macular degeneration. The last benefit is based on how the Mediterranean diet may have more than just physical benefits. Along with all the physical benefits, come mental benefits. Eating a clean diet like the Mediterranean can help balance hormones and improve mental health. Needless to say, there are many reasons to make the switch to this diet.


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