Posted by Dana R. Arevalo
Written by Alina Jagger
Here goes the saying – “Wealth is lost something is lost but if health is lost everything is lost.” A healthy body is not a fantasy that you dream at nights. It is something you deserve to possess. However, it just doesn’t come free. Free here is in the sense that you need to work for it. It is always said – what you eat is what you become. It’s completely true, the meaning taken smartly. Talking about the kids, parents keep a watchful eye on what they consume but we adults forget ourselves. Proper nutrition is a matter of concern for every individual. Be it kids, teenagers or adults. The components of your diet have a great effect on your health and overall well being. A balanced diet is essential for proper functioning of the body as well as in proper growth and development too. Moreover, the type of work you are engaged in also plays a crucial role in deciding your meals.
Relation between Health and Nutrition
From the very day we are born, we require healthy feeding and it starts right from mother’s milk. Nutrition and health are closely related or can even be said that they are just interdependent. A nutritious diet leads to healthy body and an unhealthy would be due to malnutrition of the body. Most of the times we think foods are just too fuel us so that we can get energized for physical work and growth. Apart from that, proper nutrition is essential for proper functioning of cells of the body concerned to specific tasks. In case of nursing mothers, nutrition is essential as it gets transferred to the baby through the breast milk. Body cells break down and rebuild itself throughout the life and thus proper nutrition is to be followed till the last day we are alive.
A balanced diet can be the best way of providing all the required nutrition to your body. A healthy balanced diet should include a combination of all the micro and macro nutrients. Micro nutrients include minerals and vitamins while the macro nutrients include carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc. Micro nutrients help in smooth functioning of the body while macro nutrients provide energy and strength to the body. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats keeps your body safe from infections while proteins also help in repair of cells and maintenance of muscles. Proteins are composed of amino acid chains and these amino acids are helpful in smooth functioning of the body. Meat, dairy products, eggs and almonds are some foods that are necessary as they fulfill maximum of the body’s nutrient requirements. So, prepare you meal in a way that you consume each of these.
Carbohydrates are essential for the body and even fats are. Carbohydrates are of two types namely simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates are those that can be used immediately for energy while complex carbohydrates are sources of energy that can be used anytime in future. Fats are used in the brain to insulate the nerves and thus help in proper signal transmission in the brain. However, excessive intake of carbohydrates should be avoided as it may increase the fat accumulation in your body which is no way healthy. Fats are also useful as they protect internal delicate organs from shocks and physical damage. Calcium which is found in milk and other minerals assist in blood clotting and muscle contractions. Sodium is a mineral which play vital role in proper body development. Thus, having the right nutrients and in right amount is essential for a healthy physical and mental state.
I am Alina Jagger. I've been a nutritionist for 5 years.I like to share my views which are helpful for people.