Nutrition and Your Health
Vol: 81 Issue: 1
Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat? Well, this is absolutely true because what we put into our bodies will determine how we feel each day. The nutrients from the foods we eat help our bodies function better and prevent disease. If we feed our bodies junk, our bodies will feel like junk. Nutrition is a very important part of a person’s health and well-being. Although it might be tempting to have a doughnut with lots of fat and sugar in it, we should try to eat a bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit. By choosing the bowl of oatmeal, our bodies will have plenty of energy for the day. The doughnut on the other hand will allow our bodies to have energy for a short period of time, but then make the body feel sluggish. If we continue to eat unhealthy foods such as doughnuts, french fries and potato chips, our health might suffer in the future from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. In order to live a healthy lifestyle, you must discipline yourself to eat healthier foods that are not processed and do not contain high amounts of sodium and fat.
A well- balanced diet should include fruits, vegetables, rice, pasta, red meat, chicken, fish, and low-fat dairy products. Foods that are high in fat and sodium should be avoided due to the health issues they can cause in the future. Another important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is drinking plenty of water every day. Consuming around 8 cups of water a day will help our skin look better, keep our bodies hydrated and regulate our body temperature. Athletes pay attention to the foods and drinks they put into their bodies, and how much of that food or drink they consume. They are able to push their bodies and compete at the highest level in whatever sport they play because of their nutritional choices. With the combination of exercise along with proper nutrition, athletes and ordinary people can help keep their bodies fit and prevent diseases.