People know good nutrition and physical activity can help maintain a healthy weight. But the benefits of good nutrition go beyond weight. Good nutrition can help:

. Reduce the risk of some diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers, and osteoporosis

. Reduce high blood pressure

. Lower high cholesterol

. Improve your ability to fight off illness

. Improve your ability to recover from illness or injury.

Good nutrition means your body gets all the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs to work its best.

Our bodies are built of and powered primarily by what we eat and drink. Food is the source of all the energy needed. Why do humans have to eat? It is not just because we get hungry. People get energy from food. We need energy all the time, when we run, jump, sing, walk, and even sleep. We create all the energy we need by eating. The components that make up the human body such as muscles, organs, and bones, are also composed of the nutrients contained in food. This is why eating and taking in the nutrients that provide energy and become the components of our bodily structures is essential for sustaining human life.

Your food choices each day affect your health including how you feel. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. The link between good nutrition and healthy weight, reduced chronic disease risk, and overall health is too important to ignore. By taking steps to eat healthy, you will be on your way to getting the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, active, and strong. As with physical activity, making small changes in your diet can go a long way, and it is easier than you think.

The choices you make when you eat don’t affect just one part of your body like your stomach. There’s your heart, your brain, and your skin to consider. Good nutrition can benefit you on many levels. It is one of the best ways to improve your health and your quality of life. Now, that is important.

Let us say you decide to eat spinach. In that spinach are:

. Amino acids like tryptophan, leucine, phenylalanine

. Macro nutrients like fat, carbohydrate, protein

. Minerals like potassium, iron, calcium

. Vitamins like C (ascorbic acid), B-2 (riboflavin), E.

This is only a small list of what you have in your mouth after a bite of spinach. So you see that the spinach alone contains many nutrients. If you decide to add a bite of cucumber and carrot, what you get is thousands of additional nutrients. These nutrients are connected in different ways in each different food. This is nothing short of a biochemical bonanza.

Digestion begins when food hits your saliva. There are specific ways each of the food chemicals interact with other food chemicals as well as your body’s chemicals. No biochemist, no scientist, no nutritionist, no one, can understand precisely how each chemical interacts with every other chemical because it is an infinitely complex process. The chemicals in the food we eat are engaged in a series of reactions that work in concert to produce good health. There are intricate controls within our cells and all through our bodies that control these chemicals and decide what nutrient goes where, how much of each nutrient is needed and when each reaction takes place. Our intelligent bodies work this way to derive maximal benefit from whole foods, as they appear in nature. Some people who are misguided may praise one specific nutrient or chemical over and above others. Our bodies somehow know how to use some nutrients and discard others as they see fit.

If you understand all these, then you can see that nutrition represents the combined activities of innumerable food substances.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

This post is for educational purpose hence should not be viewed as a substitute for competent medical care.

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