An Avocado A Day Keeps The Doctor Away

Taylor A Ritz

The Millenial generation is clearly obsessed with avocados, but did you know that avocados are great for your health? In addition to tasting amazing, avocados are fantastic for your health and can be eaten in a vast variety of ways. 

Frank Lipman, a New York Times best-selling author and medical doctor, describes avocados as “truly one of nature’s little miracle foods.” He further explains he encourages people to “enjoy them several times a week.” We can all get behind following this medical advice.

What Happens When You Eat An Avocado Every Day

Whether you plan to whip it up into guacamole, add it to a smoothie, enjoy it on top of toast, or one of the other seemingly endless options, let’s discuss just how eating avocado affects your body.

Your Digestion Improves

One half of an avocado contains an average of almost 5 grams of dietary fiber. Adding an avocado to your daily diet can help prevent constipation and ultimately maintain healthier and more regular digestion. Foods high in fiber also make you feel fuller, longer. This can help minimize some of that unhealthy snacking while we’re sheltering in our homes.

Your Cholesterol Lowers

Avocados are high in fat and calories, which can earn them a bad reputation. Just half an avocado contains an average of 113 calories and 10 grams of fat. However, the fat in avocados is mostly monounsaturated fat. This kind of fat is good for you in moderation. This good fat boosts your levels of HDL (good) cholesterol while lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol.

You Sleep Better

Avocados are chock full of magnesium. Half an avocado has 19.5 milligrams of the essential mineral. Magnesium is considered a nutrient connected to lowered levels of stress. Consuming the magnesium in avocados can leave you more relaxed and better able to fall asleep at night.

You Are Better Protected From Disease and Infection

We are living in an uncertain time as a deadly virus sweeps across the planet. Avocados are a super-food of vitamins. They can boost your immune system both during the pandemic and after this viral outbreak passes. 

Avocados are a great source of B vitamins, which are directly connected to preventing infections and diseases. They also contain high amounts of vitamins C and E, natural plant chemicals that may reduce your risk of cancer, and antioxidants. Antioxidants can contribute to the prevention of many degenerative issues such as cataracts.

Your Skin, Hair, and Eyes Will Glow

While not nearly as important as boosting your immune system, avocados can also improve the appearance of your skin, hair, and eyes. The fat-soluble vitamins and monounsaturated fats in avocados can lead to glowing skin, bright eyes, and shiny hair.