Each day, newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet present stories of new findings on nutrition and heart health or nutrition and cancer prevention. At the same time, however, advertisements and commercials bombard us with mutlicolored pictures of tempting foods: pizza, burgers, cakes, chips, and soda. If you care about your body, and if you have strong feelings about food, then you have much to gain from learning about nutrition, the study of how food nourishes the body. Nutrition is a fascinating, much talked-about subject. If you are like most people, when you eat you sometimes wonder, “Is this food good for me?” Or you berate yourself, “I probably shouldn’t be eating this.”
When you study good nutrition, you learn which foods serve you best, and you can work out ways of choosing foods, planning meals, and designing your diet wisely. Knowing the facts enhances your health and your enjoyment of eating while relieving your feelings of guilt or worry that you aren’t eating well.
Nutrients interact with body tissues, adding a little or subtracting a little, day by day, and thus change the very foundations upon which the health of the body is built. If you live for 65 years or longer, you will have consumed more than 70,000 meals, and your remarkable body will have disposed of 50 tons of food. The foods you choose have an accumulative effect on your body. As you age, you will see and feel those effects- if you know what to look for.
Your body renews its cells and structures continuously, and each day it builds muscle, bone, skin, and blood, replacing old tissue with new. Because of this process it is never too late to make positive changes to your diet to experience the health benefits. The best food for you then, is the kind that supports the growth and maintenance of strong muscles, sound bones, healthy skin, and sufficient blood to cleanse and nourish all parts of your body. This means you need food that provides not only energy, but also sufficient nutrients, that is, enough water, carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. If the foods you eat provide too little or too much of any one nutrient today, your health may suffer just a little today. If the foods you eat provide too little or too much of one or more nutrients every day for years, then later in life, you may suffer severe disease effects.
A well-chosen array of foods supplies enough energy and enough of each nutrient to prevent malnutrition. Malnutrition includes deficiencies, imbalances, and excesses of nutrients, any of which can take a toll on health over time. Your choice of diet profoundly influences your long term health prospects. Many of the leading causes of death- heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes- are all related to diet. Only two common lifestyle habits are more influential: smoking and other tobacco use, and excessive drinking of alcohol.
Not only is good nutrition essential in preventing disease, good nutrition is essential for your body to feel vital and energetic. It is sound advice to work with a nutritionist to determine if you are getting adequate nutrition from your current diet, and if not, how to make modifications that will enhance your health and well-being.
Connect with Natural Health And Wellness at (303) 221-2621 to discuss good nutrition for you and to talk with our Denver nutritionist.