Friday, 24 March 2017

The Importance of Eating a Balanced Diet

A balanced diet is a diet that contains appropriate amounts of all the necessary nutrients needed for the optimal growth and development of the body. 

A balanced diet is important because the organs & tissues of in the human body need adequate nutrition to work effectively. To get the proper nutrition from your diet, a variety of food choices from each of the six food classes namely carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, fats, minerals and water is required. Foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and lean proteins fall into different categories of the food classes.

Fruits play an vital role in nutrition. They are important sources of vitamins & minerals; hence, they should make up one-third of the food you eat each day. Vegetables are primary sources of essential vitamins and minerals & can be eaten at every meal. It is recommended that you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day to help you enjoy the different nutrients that they provide.

How to Maintain Good Health

Meats and beans are primary source of protein, essential for proper  muscle & brain development. Plant protein is much more healthy compare to animal protein. Diary products like milk & cheese provide calcium, vitamin D,& other essential nutrients. 
To maintain good health take the following steps: 
  • You must know that maintaining good health doesn't end at eating healthy foods alone, your body needs regular exercise to function properly & optimally. 
  • Avoid consumption of foods that contains high levels of fats and sugars at all cost.
  • Eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. 
  • Keep away from junks also known as fast foods.
  • Give your body adequate rest.
  • Avoid stress at all cost & develop ways to neutralize stress when you can't avoid it. 

The Negative Effect of Poor Nutrition    

The following are the negative effects of poor nutrition on the body:
  • The body becomes prone to diseases.
  • The body becomes prone to infections.
  • The body becomes prone to fatigue and poor performance.
  • Growth & developmental problems in children.
  • It leads to poor academic performance among children.
  • Health challenges & problems.
  • Unhealthy weight gain.
Diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are directly influenced by the type of diet that is consumed over a period of time.

Prevention is said to be better than cure. You can actually avoid some terminal disease & health challenges by actually watching what you eat. Prevention is actually much more cheaper than cure, so if you've not been paying attention to your diet start to do so from henceforth.

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