What is nutrition?
The dictionary definition is “the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.”
The human body is pretty adept at coping regardless of food types, quantities, and nutritional quality. That being said, if you want your body to perform at its optimum level, consuming better quality food and liquids will make a big difference.
Benefits of good nutrition
When it comes to food and drink, people often only consider how it will affect their weight. But good nutrition goes beyond weight management. It also has the some of following benefits:
- Reduce the risk of some diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some cancers, and osteoporosis
- Reduce high blood pressure
- Lower cholesterol
- Improve your well-being
- Improve immune system
- Improve your ability to recover from illness or injury
- Increase your energy level
Another area often overlooked is hydration. Drinking plenty of water is so important to a well functioning body. Although it varies from person to person, the general recommendation is around 2 litres per day. Many people will be coming up well short of that.
Diets and “Bad” Foods
Hands up who’s been on a diet at some point? There are dozens of diets on the market all claiming to be the only way to lose weight. They’re all correct in that they will help you lose weight but to claim they’re the one true way is going too far. If it was this easy, there would be no obesity crisis. And people wouldn’t constantly be cycling between being on and off a diet.
What’s needed is education around WHY a diet works. Then you have the tools to create your own diet to suit your lifestyle, food preferences, intolerances etc.
Remember, there are no good or bad foods. Pizza is pizza. It’s all goal dependent.