Storified by ebanreb· Mon, Apr 08 2013 19:40:18
Eating healthy food and exercising regularly are a big part of the way to maintain your health. It's a simple formula designed to keep your body working in optimal condition.
Food is fuel. Consider the gasoline that you put in your car. The best gasoline treats your engine better than the cut rate version at the same station.
In the same way, good foods like fruits and vegetables, proteins in the form of lean meat and nuts will serve your body much better than a diet of highly processed, chemically treated foods that are loaded with sugar.
The benefits of choosing an apple and cheese for a snack over a package of donuts are more than just inner maintenance and health.
Your skin looks better. Your weight is manageable. You can concentrate better, sleep more soundly, and in general, have more energy and maintain a happier mood.
Children, teenagers, and pregnant women who are in the processing of growing need to focus their attentions on getting at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables and eliminating white, processed breads in favor of whole grain breads.
In general, sugar snacks should be avoided. Fat, on the other hand, should not. If you focus on eating well, a normal amount of fat in your diet is necessary for joint maintenance and skin health.