What is nutrition? The dictionary definition is clear, “The act or process of nourishing.” Do you understand how to nourish yourself and what you should and should not be eating to support your miraculous body and improve your health? It would seem that many people are confused by the concept of good nutrition and have no idea which choices to make. Remember what we eat is the foundation of good health. Here are the four basic nutrients that we need – water, carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Water is essential to life and involved in every function of the body. Your urine should not smell strong and should be the colour of straw. I recommend six to eight glasses each day but every individual has their own requirement, check out the colour of your wee!
Carbohydrates provide the body with the energy it needs to work efficiently. They are found in all the plant foods; mainly fruits, vegetables, legumes but also in milk and milk products which also contain carbohydrates. You know you should be eating more fresh fruit and vegetables!
Protein is required for growth and development and sustains energy levels. It is essential for good health. Protein is needed for the manufacture of hormones, antibodies, enzymes and tissues and more. The importance of consuming adequate amounts of protein cannot be over-stated but how much is too much – check out my next Blog.
The body does need fat, the right type of fat, the essential fatty acids – these good fats are found in oily fish, nuts and seeds particularly flax seed. Cook with olive oil but do not overheat to avoid burning add a small knob of butter – yes butter. Butter is a natural product which is far better for our health than any manufactured spread. In moderation of course!