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Benefits of Good Nutrition

The Benefits of Good Nutrition

     Nutrition, a source of nourishment, is among the key factors of good health, preventing at least four of the ten causes of death in the United States. For example, heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes are directly related to way we eat. Back in 400 B.C., Hippocrates said, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." Today, good nutrition is more important than ever and must be a daily habit to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The keys to good nutrition are balance, variety and moderation. To stay healthy, your body needs the right balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, the three main components of nutrition. In addition, you body needs vitamins, minerals and other substances from many different foods, and while some foods are better than others, no single food or food group has it all. Therefore, eating a variety of different foods is essential. Moderation means eating neither too much nor too little of any food or nutrient. Too much food can result in excess weight and even too much of certain nutrients, while eating too little can lead to numerous nutrient deficiencies and low body mass. Of course, food alone isn't the key to a longer and healthier life. Good nutrition should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle, which also includes regular exercise, not smoking or drinking alcohol excessively, stress management and limiting exposure to environmental hazards. However, no matter how well you eat, your genes play a big part in your risk for certain health problems. But, don’t underestimate the influence of how and what you eat. For example, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) can begin in early childhood, but the process can be stopped, even reversed, if you make healthy changes in your diet and lifestyle. The gradual bone thinning that results in osteoporosis may be slowed if you consume enough calcium, maintain adequate Vitamin D levels and participate in weight-bearing exercise. You may be genetically prone to diabetes, but if you keep your weight within a healthy range through diet and exercise, you may never diagnose the disease.
I believe good nutrition throughout childhood plays a major role in your future health. Eating a variety of healthy foods, while working out regularly will decrease your chances of getting many harmful diseases. Each day, I try to consume the right balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which energizes and keeps me healthy. You have the opportunity to take control of your health, and by eating healthy foods, you can supply your body with the proper nutrients to succeed in life.

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