Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. Eating a balanced diet is an important part of good health for everyone. The kind and amount of food you eat affects the way you feel and how your body works.
To maintain your brain, muscle, bone, nerves, skin, blood circulation, and immune system, your body requires a steady supply of many different raw materials both macronutrients and micronutrients. You need large amounts of macronutrients – proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. And while you only need a small number of micronutrients – vitamins and minerals, failing to get even those small quantities may have adverse effects.
Here are a few reasons why nutrition plays an important role in our overall wellbeing –
- Good nutrition can reduce your risk of developing certain diseases that could severely impact your health.
- Eating natural food instead of processed foods can have a positive effect on your weight, helping you stay in shape.
- Adding complex carbs and reducing simple carbs from your diet keeps your energy levels high throughout the day.
- Consuming healthy food regularly improves your immune system, thereby decreasing the chances of getting sick from infections.
A healthy diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. It includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. It is low in saturated fats, salt, and added sugars.
Combined with a healthy diet, regular physical activity can improve your overall health by helping you to lose excess weight and keep it off, prevent diseases, prevent high cholesterol, build strength and endurance, cope with stress and anxiety.
Remember, you are what you eat!