Medic8 Health Guide: Diet & Nutrition
Eating Healthy and your Nutrition
You must understand the effect of food on your body in order to keep yourself healthy. You should eat nutritious foods and cut down or completely avoid unhealthy foods. As much as possible, you should be enjoying what you eat. You should be able to give your body everything that it needs.
The way you eat and the choices of food that you make will have an effect on your health today and in the long run. If you eat healthy food, you will be able to reduce your risk of developing diseases like obesity, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.
Why is it important to eat healthy foods?
All foods have their own set of nutrients. They may contain fibre, minerals, and vitamins that will aid in the metabolism and other processes in your body. Here are some examples of nutrients and components that you will find in your food
- carbohydrates - these are the preferred source of energy for your body. All of your organs need carbohydrates in order to function. Your heart, your brain, your lungs, and the rest of your organs will rely on energy in order to function. These carbohydrates will also be used to repair the tissues of your body. They will be used to keep you warm and they will also be used to power your muscles when they move
- protein - this is important for repairing your muscles. It can also be used as a source of energy for the body
- fat - this allows important vitamins to be transported throughout your body. It is a highly concentrated source of energy as well
- vitamins - there are a lot of vitamins in healthy food and they perform different functions in your body. For instance, vitamin D helps in making your bones healthy. Vitamin C is needed for healthy wound healing. Vitamin A will keep your eyes clear and healthy
- minerals - there are several minerals that are useful for your body. For instance, iron is used for transporting oxygen through the blood. Calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth
- fibre - this keeps your digestive system clean and healthy. It also controls your cholesterol levels and your blood sugar levels
Having a balanced diet
Not one single type of food out there will have all the nutrients needed by your body. It is essential that you have several sources of nutrients from a variety of foods. You must eat different kinds of food from different kinds of food groups in order to maintain a healthy body. Here are the five main food types or food groups
- fruits and vegetables group
- dairy group
- starch group
- meat, fish, and non-dairy sources of protein like beans
- fats and sugar
Some common Questions about nutrition:
you are what you eat, and this section includes information about the best ways to improve diet, and specific diets for those with special needs.
food poisoning is experienced by most people during their lives. this article looks at the most common types of food poisoning and what can be done to help.
anaemia is a low red blood cell count. there can be many causes including iron deficiency or more serious disease.
anorexia is one of the most common serious eating disorders. this article looks at the signs and symptoms, and what can be done to help.
what is it and how is it calculated.
bulimia is one of the most common serious eating disorders. this article looks at the signs and symptoms and what can be done to help.
A guide to different types of diets
folic acid has been shown to reduce the incidence of spina bifida when taken before conception and in early pregnancy. this article profiles the supplement.
tips to avoid food poisoning etc.
labels on food which show saturated fats, protein, sugar, salt etc.
what constitutes a healthy portion?
what is a healthy weight for adults and children.
obesity is a considered a chronic health condition because it is a risk factor for several diseases. this article looks at those risk factors and what treatment is available for weight management.
special dietary needs for athletes and sportspeople in general.
recent research shows triglyceride levels are useful for indicating risk of coronary heart disease and linked with diabetes development.this article discusses how they affect risk and examines testing and treatment.
Medic8® Family Health Guide : Nutrition