We feed our body but do we nourish it?

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The golden rule to any fitness regime is good nutrition. Without proper nutrition you could be wasting your efforts towards fitness.

Whether you are an engineer, an athlete, business man  your body needs healthy food to achieve fitness. The body needs nutrition that is close to its natural form, making food our medicine. When we are well nourished we  require minimal supplements and our body on its own  protects us against  diseases and infections.

Nutrition today is no longer about carbohydrates, proteins and fats but about vitamins and minerals – Kajal Bhatia

 

Why is Nutrition important for Health

Good nutrition is important for leading a healthy lifestyle. When combined with exercise, balanced diet can help you reach and maintain healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases (such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer), and also promote overall health. Following a good nutrition routine is a preventive measure to protect you against any illnesses. Natural nutrition is all the more important today as we are constantly exposed to stress, increase in processed foods, pollution all of which compromise our health.

 

  • Nutrition Improves Stamina

There are certain foods that helps to boost your stamina and increase your energy levels. Eating right foods improves your endurance by supplying essential nutrients. This is more relevant when you are a sports person or workout regularly. Adequate nutrition enables your body to handle greater level of physical exertion and mental health. Complex carbohydrates such as beans, whole grains, vegetables etc. and proteins are known to boost endurance. Have lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, eat functional foods like oats,  tofu, nuts and seeds to replenish your mineral reserve.

 

  • Adequate Nutrition Boosts Immunity

Right nutrition is an essential factor to build a strong immune system. Immunity is the ability of the body to fight against infections and immunity works efficiently only when the body is fed nutritious food. Powerful immunity offers defense against seasonal flues and other health issues including allergies, infections and certain kind of cancers. Nutrients that  that boost WBC production such and Zinc, Vitamin E  & Vitamin C found in citrus fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds is known to enhance the immune system, some other foods known to boost immunity are garlic, ginger, broccoli, fermented foods, almonds, turmeric and green tea.

 

  • Proper Nutrition Protects Against Dis-ease , Disorder and Imbalance

Food intolerances like lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance  and other food allergies can only be addressed through proper nutrition. Digestion is the natural process of the body and when something does not suite, it expresses in the form of various symptoms. This can be corrected by eating right & setting the natural function in motion. Eating right can help you ward off serious diseases such as hypertension, heart diseases, diabetes and many more.

Researches have shown a significant improvement in cancer patients when their diet regime was changed. Certain studies have also shown that eliminating processed foods from the diet helps in improving health.

 

  • Nutrition Improves Internal Energies

Good Nutrition improves your internal energies, enhances gut health and prevents you from deficiencies. When you eat nutritious food your digestive system works better. Good nutrition not only keeps you healthy from inside but it also reflects on the outside giving you glowing skin and healthy hair.

 

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