The Importance of Nutrition

Nutrition and WellnessYou are what you eat…

Being healthy will always be the hype because it is something that is important. We all want to be at our best physically and mentally. To get there we must start with what we are putting inside of our bodies because what we eat has a lot to do with our physical wellness. Knowing the importance of nutrition is key to getting on the path to happiness.

Eating right is the cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle. There are many factors we can’t control in regard to health — hereditary conditions, environmental concerns — but we can control what we eat, which can help us fight disease, encourage healthy metabolism and more.

In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of nutrition, how protein and fat fit into the picture, how to reduce fat and more. You’ll learn about vitamin and mineral supplements, special needs diets and how important drinking water is. We’ll cover:

The Importance of Water – Water is essential to life. Every part of your body relies on it. Your blood, for example, is more than three-quarters water. Other body fluids, like saliva and digestive juices, are based on water. Almost every chemical reaction in the body takes place in a water medium and you couldn’t get rid of body wastes without it.

The Truth About Carbohydrates – Is bread really bad? Many diets eschew carbohydrates in favor or protein, but truth be told, eating carbs — in moderation — can be a huge asset to a healthy diet.  Balancing complex carbohydrates with fiber is another essential tool of healthy eating. Don’t fear bread and sugar.

The Protein and Fat Connection Eating too much fat is an obvious diet dilemma, but what about eating too much protein? Although it’s not as widely known, an excess of protein can also cause health problems.

Breaking Down Vitamins and Minerals Because there are so many, vitamins and minerals can be very confusing topics. But they are often a necessary dietary element. Vitamins and minerals are crucial to normal body functions and some of them may have a role in preventing our most deadly diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Getting enough for normal metabolism used to be our primary concern, but we now know that certain vitamins and minerals may be beneficial in even greater quantities, while others can be dangerous in excess.

The Basics of Supplements Sometimes, everyone’s diet needs a little something extra. Although nutritionists like to insist on “food first,” that isn’t necessarily the end of the story. Supplements, by definition, are there to supplement a diet, not substitute for it. Pills can’t provide you with the disease-fighting phytochemicals that are in plant foods. Yet with smart supplementation, you may be able to make a good diet better.

Reading Food Labels Healthy eating guidelines are supposed to help us, but they can be a little daunting. However, planning smart menus and shopping wisely are crucial links in the good nutrition chain. Standardized food labels can provide some guidance, as can a few calorie-cutting menu ideas and cooking techniques. But how do you know what to look for? By reading food labels and looking for key items.

Ways to Restrict Fat Cutting back on fat, especially saturated and trans fat, is one of the most important changes you can make in your diet if you want to prevent chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. But how do you reduce fat when it seems to be everywhere? Start slowly. Count your fat grams. And use these tips.

…More at Discovery Health “Introduction to How Nutrition Works”

You’ve been given the tools to change your life around, so go out into the world and conquer those issues you had before when it came to eating healthy and getting fit. I see a better you budding and ready to bloom.