relationship between health and nutrition

What is the Relationship between Health and Nutrition?

Do you know the relationship between health and nutrition is at the heart of scientific research? For around thirty years, many national and international research organizations have focused their research on the link between ‘health and nutrition’.

From my previous discussion, you might have already known What is Health as The World Health Organization (WHO) defines,

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”[1]

But most of us think health is only being free from illness. It is not entirely right. A person should be healthy both in terms of physical, mental, and social well-being and not a mere absence of any disease. Then we can say it is a good nutritional status.

There is a strong relationship between health and nutrition, and you’ll want to make the right food choices to ensure you live the best life possible. Discover the many important connections between nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, and how it plays a major role in your life. Before going into details, let’s what is nutrition.

What is Nutrition?

Nutrition is the food at work in the body. It includes everything that happens from eating food to its usage in various functions of the body.

According to WHO,

“Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition – an adequate, well-balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.”[2]

So, good nutrition indicates the right amount of nutrients for proper utilization for achieving the highest level of health.

There are six different types of nutrients in foods. They are,

  1. Proteins,
  2. Carbohydrates,
  3. Fats,
  4. Vitamins,
  5. Minerals
  6. And Water.

For a healthy body, we require all these six important nutrients. Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are majorly required for bodybuilding and energy; the minerals and vitamins are required for the protection of our body and they give us resistance against the different illnesses and also they required for carrying out the metabolic actions in the body and keeping the body healthy. And water is a very important nutrient which keeps our body healthy.

The Relationship between Health and Nutrition

Good nutrition is the key to leading a healthy lifestyle. We can improve our health if we take care of ourselves. Eating a balanced diet is an important part of good health. We should eat foods contains the six important nutrients which include whole grains, a source of protein, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and water.

Nutrition plays a role in promoting good health. So we have to be careful about the foods and nutrients which should be emphasized in our diets, and how they can enhance our health. Diets full of fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts, and lean meats have proven health benefits like lowering blood pressure, improving glucose control in diabetics, weight loss, improving arthritis, and reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular events and so on.

We should also learn about the specific nutrients that can impact health. For example,

  • Plant pigments[3] found in bright orange and red fruits and vegetables, which may prevent and slow the progression of eye diseases.
  • Calcium helps to keep bones strong.
  • Vitamin B plays a role in maintaining brain health.
  • Flavonoids[4] from many plants may improve the health of our cardiovascular systems.

It’s not surprising that physical activity can help to maintain a healthy weight, improve mood and sleep habits, and boost overall health. And it’s clear that a well-balanced diet, full of nutritious foods is crucial to good health.

Why Good Nutrition is Important for Health?

Good and balanced nutrition is very beneficial for us. Good nutrition means a portion of food that can maintain the required energy balance into our body. If we do not have the energy, we cannot perform well. For good and optimum health, we should be careful about what we are eating, how we are eating, how much we are eating, and what time we are eating.

We have a few limiting factors in our body and by consuming good nutrition we can remove them. Among the limiting factors which come first in our mind is Genetics.

We all have different genes and we have to accept that each and every one is not genetically blessed. For example, some people lose bodyweight very fast and some lose very slowly; some people get good muscles very fast but some are not. This is a genetic factor.

But if we add good nutrition to our food, it allows us to break up this fact and even we can achieve good health. That is why Nutrition is known as a Promoter of Good Health.

Final Thoughts

Life actually thrives on food. The substances that contain food and on which life depends, are nutrients. They provide the essential substances for the growth and survival of living beings.

The way in which nutrients are constituted in the integral parts of the body and contribute to its functions depends on the physiological and biochemical processes that govern its actions.

Weapon for prevention, nutrition is probably one of the most valid and effective instruments that we have to protect our health. So the Relationship between Health and Nutrition is I think very well understood by all of you and I will continue with my next topic which is about Physical Health.

The bottom line is that you have the power to maintain and improve your health, and reduce your risk of disease. And IT’S NEVER LATE TO MAKE A CHANGE.


References

  1. http://www.who.int
  2. http://www.who.int
  3. https://www.encyclopedia.com
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org



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