Nutrition is essential for our health and wellness but we usually don’t pay much attention to the food we eat. Healthy eating involves eating a variety of foods that provide nutritional value to maintain your optimal health. Nutritious food makes us feel good, and have energy. While foods with low nutritional value make us feel satisfied but the sugars and ingredients make our bodies develop oxidative stress. We need plenty of fruits and vegetables in our daily diets because they are filled with vitamins and nutrients.
Nutrition is Key:
- Reduce the risk of diseases (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis)
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Lower high cholesterol
- Improve your wellness
- Improve your immune response (ability to fight off illness)
- Improve your recovery from injury or illness
- Increase energy and stay active
- Brain health
- weight management
- Bone and tooth health
- Mental and physical health
How I learned from my mistakes
I know the importance of nutrition in my 30s which is extremely late in my mind. I lived a life enjoying processed food and junk on a daily basis. As a child and young adult, I did not realize the impact my diet was having on my body and my future. My diet routine of high carbohydrates and processed food was a poor choice for my health. High carbohydrate and sugar filled meals lead to blood sugar spikes, which can cause mood swings and impact focus. The sugar also causes your body to crave more sugar, feeding into the vicious cycle. I developed chronic pain, inflammation, sinus problems, infections, migraines and severe digestive issues. After countless visits to specialist after specialist, I became frustrated with no solution to my illness and a multitude of prescription medications. I came to the realization my habits had to change if I wanted to feel healthier.
Nutrition in Society
We learn the food pyramid and balanced diet throughout our school years but it never really clicks in our brains. Most people don’t understand the importance a healthy diet has on the body. The fact is our bodies might not show signs of deterioration, disease or illness until adulthood. Foods are promoted and marketed to make profits for companies without taking into account the impact they have on the people that eat them. There are a huge variety of foods that are promoted with little or no nutritional value. Foods with high sugar content or high fructose corn syrup are in huge abundance in the supermarket. It is important for individuals to identify foods by reading nutritional labels and ingredients. This is essential for establishing a balanced diet, low in sugar, high in nutritional content to promote a healthy lifestyle. So next time you are in the supermarket, take the time to read what you are buying. Your body will thank you.