There are many people who don't know about good nutrition. A typical meal is a burger, fries and a soft drink. The burger might provide some protein, but the rest is empty calories that add to your waistline and don't do much for your body. In today's blog I will talk about what good nutrition is. Nutrition is the study of foods and beverages and the components that make them up and how they effect the human body.
Nutrition starts with food. Not just any food, good food. It includes foods that help you grow and maintain a healthy body. Nutrition is important because it supplies the body with nutrients like vitamins and minerals that are important for sustaining life. Nutrition is a science that studies how foods are broken down to create cells and tissues in the body. Nutrition shows how various conditions and diseases can be prevented by a healthy diet. It also identifies things like malnutrition from a poor diet, and food allergies.
Nutritional supplements are substances in pill, capsule or liquid form that are meant to supplement the diet. While most of the diet should be made up of healthy foods, supplementation is sometimes desirable or even necessary. Supplements are meant to supply nutritional deficiencies. For example, someone who lives in a damp, rainy environment may be lacking Vitamin D because of inadequate sun exposure. For that person a vitamin D supplement may be necessary.
A big problem is soil erosion, pesticides and GMO products. Folks might want to get organic foods or go to farmer's markets. Some folks feel that the food is not of adequate to supply all the nutrients they need. Supplements may be desirable to make up lack. One way to deal with this is to grow your own food. DO NOT start a supplement without first discussing it with your health care provider. Supplements may be great but some of them do not mix with prescription drugs.
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