Are You Taking A Nutritious Diet?
Basic Facts about Nutrition :
Nutrition is the science of how your body uses food. All living things need food, with the proper nutrients, and water to survive. Nutrients in food make it possible for your body to conduct essential chemical reactions that allow you to breathe, see, hear, think, eliminate waste, walk, smell, digest food, etc.
If your body does not get enough nutrition many problems can occur.
1. Deficiency of Vitamin C can cause bleeding gums, nose bleeds, painful or swollen joints, muscle pains, etc.
2. People who do not get enough of iron can experience greater sensitivity to cold, fatigue, anemia, etc.
3. A deficiency of Calcium can result in weekend bones, higher risk of cavities, high blood pressure, etc.
4. Less amount of Vitamin A in the body makes the skin dry, rough, or cracked. It also results in slow wound healing, reduced ability to taste, hear, and smell, etc.
Too Much of Anything is Bad :
Depriving your body of proper nutrition to lose weight can have dire consequences on your health. Taking Vitamins may be recommended but it should not replace a nutritious diet. Vitamins should be taken to supplement a nutritious diet to ensure that you are getting all of the necessary nutrients your body needs to function properly.
Always consult your physician before taking any Vitamins and Minerals because even though they are essential, taking too much of some Vitamins and Minerals can also have risks or side effects. For instance, too much vitamin C or zinc could cause nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Excessive intake of potassium can result in hyperkalemia. Too much calcium could lead to problems including constipation, bone pain, and kidney stones.
Classification of Nutrients :
There are two groups of nutrients: Micronutrients that include minerals and vitamins; and Macronutrients that include protein, fat, carbohydrates and water. The main difference between these two groups is the amounts you need of each. Micronutrients are needed in smaller quantities, typically milligrams or even micrograms, while Macronutrients usually measured in larger units such as grams or ounces because we need more of them each day.
Most people get all of the nutrients they need from the food they eat. Food not only provides nutrients to carry out essential body functions, food also provides energy. The energy in food is measured in calories. Your metabolism refers to the total amount of energy required by all of your bodily functions for a day. Most people don’t know that the metabolism is directly proportional to the amount of lean muscle mass a person has; the more muscle a person has the more calories that are required, or consumed in a day, to carry out daily activities.
Do you take enough vitamins and minerals your body needs?