What is Nutrition?
Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs.1 WHO (World Health Organisation) says that ‘good nutrition – an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.
‘You are what you eat’. Whilst we can’t take this too literally, there is much truth in this saying. The food you eat will determine the nutrients your body will receive and therefore will determine your energy levels as well as your general health and wellbeing.
If you eat a healthy diet filled with a variety of whole foods, you will have a better chance of reaching optimal health than if you don’t.
There are 6 classes of nutrients. These are:
- Lipids (fat);
Why is good nutrition important?
Your body needs constant fine tuning. It needs the right fuel (food) as well as regular maintenance such as exercise and a healthy lifestyle in order to achieve optimal health. If you eat the wrong or unhealthy food on a regular basis, your body can not deliver its full power as well as performance. Without healthy eating, your body may eventually stall.
Maintaining a balanced diet and lifestyle can:
- Provide you with energy and vitality for life;
- Support a healthy weight;
- Boost your immune system;
- Delay the effects of aging but an intake of antioxidants;
- Help overcome fatigue and tiredness;
- Protect teeth and gums;
- Support healthy skin and hair;
- Enhance your ability to concentrate;
- May help keep your mood swings at bay;
- Can help to ward of serious illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers and high blood pressure.
Enjoy healthy meals
Eating on the run, stress and tension all take their toll on your digestion and your health. It is important to relax and take your time when eating, enjoy your food.
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