Alright, January is almost over and most of our New Year’s Resolutions when it comes to health and fitness have already fallen by the waist side. This does not mean, however, that we can not pick it back up and head into the rest of 2018 with a more positive attitude towards our health, especially when it comes to nutrifying our body.
The Importance of Nutrition
Sound nutrition is perhaps the most important thing a human being can do to maintain and in many cases overcome disease and illness.
According to Rebecca Wawrzonek, MS, RD, LDN and Registered Dietitian at Mclaren Greater Lansing, nutrition is one of the most important factors of a person’s health.
First and foremost, nutrition supplies the body with the energy we need to go about our daily tasks. Without it, we would not even have the energy to get out of bed.
Lack of energy is not the only detriment of not nutrifying the body either. Some of the other harmful effects of malnutrition include:
While the above list covers quite a bit of medical disorders it is not a complete list. There are many, many more disorders scientist are discovering on a regular basis that are caused by improper nutrition.
Nutrition Tips for This Year
If you have already given up hope on your health and fitness goals this year, do not fear for the following 3 tips will give you a nutritional foundation from which to base your new fitness outlook and launch your health program from.
Following them will help you maintain good health and
provide you with sound nutritional guidelines that will help your 2018 health dreams come to fruition.
Avoid Sugary Drinks
This does not just include soda either, for fruit drinks and juices also contain just as much sugar as their soda counterparts.
The reason why sugar drinks are so harmful is that they provide very little nutritional value to the body and often bring with them a host of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Snack on Nuts
When looking at nutrient-dense foods it is hard to beat the nutritional content of nuts.
Nuts are high in good fats and include a plethora of nutritional elements such as fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E.
Additionally, there is scientific evidence indicating that nuts can actually help in weight loss as 10-15% of calories in nuts are never absorbed by the body. It has also been shown that nuts help to increase metabolism.
Nuts have also been shown to help in decreasing Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease.
This may not sound like sound nutritional advice, but supplementation is almost a requirement these days as the state of the soil in regards to its mineral content has been depleted over the last century to the point where a person is lucky to consume a maximum of 3 minerals (the amount which plants need to grow) through vegetables and fruits.
This is hardly enough to cover the entire spectrum of minerals needed by the human body to increase longevity and stave off disease.
Just remember, supplementation is not a substitute for poor eating habits. The name itself suggests and aid and not a substitute for not consuming enough nutrition or the wrong kinds of food and drink.