Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Importance of Healthy Eating and Your Nutritional Needs

When you take in food that helps your body to become healthy and to stay healthy, this is meeting your nutritional needs. Many have more knowledge today than ever about nutrition thanks to the government's involvement in this topic, creating the USDA to determine our daily food requirements and the FDA which decides what is dangerous for people to eat and take in.

But you may have some questions still. How does your eating satisfy your nutritional needs when it comes to vitamins and our healthy overall? Actually, this subject is deeper and more important than you may imagine. One's overall health and the ability to stay healthy in different situations and circumstances often results from the nutrition we take in. As an example, the brain itself needs protein in order to grow and develop. Without that needed protein our mental functions could and do suffer.

So how do you know if you're getting proper nutrition? Of course you need to have an understanding of what your particular needs are, as well as what your family needs, and then you need to apply that understanding when it's time to shop, cook, and eat those selected food items.

Sometimes in school a child will be taught health as part of science, and this subject may encompass other areas such as personal hygiene, different diseases and conditions, and other such general health topics. Rarely does anyone receive individual instruction about how to be healthy and stay healthy because of what a person eats. And yet this is such an important part of one's overall health! The nutritional content as well as the calories of the foods we eat affect our health directly. Wouldn't it be good to have an overall view of how nutrition as well as physical activity and exercise affects a person, as well as everyone's individual needs all rolled into one type of subject? This would include a study of calories, nutrition, mental health, physical health, and instructions on how to calculate these things individually.

People and children especially should learn about nutrition just like they learn about reading and math. Understanding what a person needs by way of nutrition, how to fulfill those needs with food, and how to tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy foods and eating habits should never be selective. Not, that is, if people want to be healthy and happy for life!

It would be nice if we were to understand from the beginning how to keep our life and our bodies as healthy and sound as can be. But unfortunately poor choices when it comes to nutrition are often more tempting than the good ones.

And of course poor nutritional choices are advertised more and more readily available than the healthy alternatives. However they don't need to always be that much easier for us. Anyone can learn new habits, if they put their mind to this and really work at them. The time it takes to learn new habits can be seen as an investment in lifelong good health and rewards. And of course this means not just for the grownups but the children as well, since they learn so much from their parents including eating habits. So, make the decisions you want your children to make and learn to practice what you preach about good nutrition and good choices!

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