Nutrients Are Building Blocks
Nutrients are the building blocks of all living organisms. Without adequate levels of essential nutrients, your body cannot function optimally. They are the substances your body will use to regulate your body’s essential functions including:
- Hormone production
- Maintaining a healthy immune system
- Maintaining healthy skin, hair and nails
- Energy metabolism
- Brain function
- Heart function
- Liver function
- Kidney function.
There are certain nutrients found in foods that help to lower the risk of disease and improve overall health. A great example of this is fibre as it reduces LDL cholesterol levels and helps to maintain gut health. Omega 3 fatty acid found in fish especially cold-water fish decrease the risk of heart disease.
A great majority of nutrition habits play an important role in ensuring you achieve optimum health.
Homemade Cooked Food vs Convenience Foods
Relying on convenience foods in very convenient however, it will often come as a heavy price. Laden with salt and sugar, the processing strips most of the nutrients out. The processed, convenience food is therefore often low in nutrients and high in calories.
Cooking your own meals ensures you know exactly what is going into your meal as well as ensuring that you get the highest amount of nutrients. You can use fresh, nutrient dense foods and have fun while you are creating your delicious meal.
Avoid Empty Calories.
Empty calories refer to those foods tht are high in calories and low in nutrients. These types of foods are usually high in sugar and provides minimal satiety which may encourage you to overeat. These types of foods include:
- Soft drinks
- Fruit juice (especially with added sugar)
Eat a Wide Variety of Wholesome Foods.
Different types of whole foods are made up of different nutrients. It is a good idea to eat a wide variety of whole foods every day. These include:
- different types of fruits
- different types of vegetables
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