A common saying is “what we eat is what are”. Years of research have proved that eating healthy food promotes good health. It’s therefore utmost important for us to provide proper nutrition to the cells which are the basic unit of human body. Improper nutrition or deficiency of any nutrient can adversely affect the functioning of cells that in turn will affect the growth and normal functioning of an organ. In addition, a poor diet coupled with a sedentary lifestyle increases your vulnerability to life-threatening chronic diseases like heart disease,stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes and some forms of cancer, and often death. Thus affecting our body on the whole. It’s more like the domino effect where you disturb one unit and the entire unit falls flat.
Nutrition is one key to developing and maintaining a state of health that is optimal for an individual. The nutrition requirement of the human body varies with season, sex, height, weight, degree of activity, rate of growth and type of vocation. The major classes of nutrients are:
Macro Nutrients: Carbohydrates, fats, water, protein (these are required in large amounts)
Micro Nutrients: Vitamins, and minerals (these are required in small amounts)
A diet, which contains all the above as per the body needs and in correct proportions is called a balanced diet, which is also the secret to healthy living. To live one must eat. But, we not only eat to live, what we eat also affects our ability to keep healthy, do work, to be happy and to live well. Knowledge of what to eat and in what quantities is a prerequisite to the healthy and happy life.
Know your body, know your diet
Eat healthy, live better!