Why Nutrition Matters: figure it out for a healthy life!!

Remember how our grandparents used to coax us to eat the greens on our plate, how our parents kept nagging us to have enough fruits and raw veggies amidst all the hot and happening fries, cokes and pizzas? They had just one goal pushing them on…our nutrition requirements…and as we grew older, we realized that they had every reason to nag us. A healthy living is possible only when you have the proper intake of nutritious food…and this Golden Rule applies to everyone, irrespective of size and stature.

Shall we revise the Nutrition basics once more?

In case you are wondering WHY, here is what the topnotch experts at Mayo Clinic have to say:

“While it's true that what is known about nutrition and diet is evolving, there are some nutrition basics you can keep in mind. By knowing these nutrition basics, you'll be better equipped to sort through the latest research and advice….”

So in order to keep up with the changing concepts of nutritious requirements, it is essential to evolve our understanding of nutrition as well. And that’s only possible if we get the basics right!

So we agree with Mayo Clinic staff when they say:

“Mastering the nutrition basics comes down to understanding the food groups and becoming more aware of calories and the roles that specific nutrients play in a healthy diet.”
In case you want to know more about nutrition requirements, talk it over with your dietician…

Here is what authorities have to say on Healthy diets:

If you want to incorporate a healthy diet, make sure to…
  • Include a variety of foods from the major food groups: try fruits, veggies, whole-grains, and low-fat and healthy fat dairy products, lean proteins, nuts and seeds, etc.
  • Note and check on how much food to choose from each group.
  • Try to incorporate foods available locally in grocery stores.
  • Make sure your diet fits your tastes, your lifestyle, your budget and your health requirements.

    Healthy diets
Why nutrition matters?

Nutrition promotes healthy living and yet we hardly spend the time and energy to learn up the basics of nutrition and how they work. Here’s remedying exactly this…

  •  Chronic illnesses can be tackled with the correct amount of nutrition intake.
  •  Unhealthy cravings for fries, sugar-filled drinks and oily stuff can be countered with a regular intake of proper nutrients, especially the micronutrients in the body.
  • What we eat has a direct impact on our digestion, cell division and other important mechanisms within the body.
  • For our own benefit and in order to help our near and dear ones, it is imperative to know the important functions of the various nutrients…

Let’s have a look at the different nutrients:

  • Proteins:
Are basically amino acid components that are required for the structural tissue in our body, especially the bones and connective tissues. Proteins are involved in almost every function in the body as enzymes: the molecules in the body that have a lot to do. Proteins also carry messages in your body, and transport hormones from one place to another. They also transport signals to your DNA. And as your body undergoes daily wear and tear, proteins help in body building and repairing the damaged cells. So a minimum of 65 grams of protein per day is mandatory, at least once you reach 40. Proteins protect hair, skin, cells and many core parts of the body.

  • Fats:
Also known as lipids, fats act as insulators, protecting your body from the outside world. They form the most important covering for the body cells, apart from providing energy. They are involved in supporting our immune system, brain health, and cardiovascular functions.
Know the good fats from the bad:

  • Mono-saturated fats, found in nuts, olives, and avocados.
  • Poly-saturated fats, found in certain oils and seeds.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon, mackerel, nuts and flaxseed.
  • Saturated fats, found in bacon, cheeses and ice-cream.
  • Trans fats.

Research shows proper amounts of fats can protect you from Parkinson's disease, depression, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, schizophrenia and other such diseases. Fats also regulate the brain tissues and are absolutely crucial for proper neural and other functions.

  • Carbs:
Are energy boosters in the body. Even the basic respiratory act depends on the presence of carbohydrates in the system. Carbs actually provide about 40 to 45% of the body’s energy and they are found mostly in fruits, vegetables and cereals.

  • Micronutrients:
Micro nutrients like vitamins and minerals are essential and are absorbed from different food items. In order to promote healthy living, you need alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, biotin, calcium, carotenoids, choline, chromium, coenzyme Q, copper, cysteine, enzymes, flavonoids, folate, glutamine, iodine, iron, lipoic acid, lutein and zeaxanthin, lycopene, magnesium, manganese, niacin-B3, omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, protein, riboflavin-B2, selenium, thiamin-B1, tryptophan, vitamin A, vitamin B-12, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, zinc and so on.

Healthy habits that we should embrace include:

  • Do buy organic stuff whenever possible.
  • Do eat fish and poultry regularly.
  • Do remove the skin from chicken before cooking.
  • Do cut down on butter, sour cream, salad dressings and other fatty stuff.
  • Do have meat, but, bake it, grill it or broil it.
  • Do eat plenty of fruits and green vegetables.
  • Do check for hidden fats in salad dressing and desserts if you are eating out.
  • Do eat smaller meals.
  • Do read the nutrition labels on all the foods carefully before you buy them.
  • Do drink plenty water.

You can even take a peek into the following book to know more about nutrition…Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating [Paperback]. It offers:

  • Tidbits on new research on the healthiest carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
  • Valid answers to why weight control is still the single most important factor in good living.
  • A variety of menu plans and brand-new recipes to reinvent your diet.

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Now that you know how important nutrition is, do pay attention to what you eat and how you eat it… 🙂

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