The Role Nutrition Plays In Your Life!

Nutrition is vital for your health and well-being at every stage of life. Healthy foods and clean water provide energy, vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed for good health. Proper nutrition is the first line of defense against premature deterioration, obesity and many other diseases. Healthful nutrition reduces stress, enhances immunity, affects longevity and improves outlook and overall quality of life.

Body Function

Your daily food choices influence your body’s health and ability to function for better or worse. The foods you choose each day might not have a significant effect on your body on the short term but over years and years, decades and decades the accumulated effects build and will impact your body positively or negatively.

Disease Prevention

The three leading causes of death in adults in the United States are heart disease, cancer and stroke. Diabetes is in the top ten. The risk for each of these diseases that can result in reduced quality of life, reduced mobility, blindness, amputation, osteoporosis or loss of independence can be reduced or nearly eliminated by diet modification. Both prevention and treatment are, in part, diet related.

Stress Response

When you are in dangerous situations brain chemicals and certain hormones are to help you avoid survive. Neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine produce feelings of calm and pleasure. These transmitters can become depleted when you are stressed and this can lead to feelings of depression, irritability and anxiety. In stressful times be sure to eat a balanced diet to replenish these neurotransmitters.

Vitamin C also plays a significant role in stress relief. Your adrenal glands release Vitamin C, along with stress hormones, during stress from infections, burns, high or low temperatures, toxic heavy metals or chronic use of certain medications and cigarette smoking. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant in conjunction with the stress response.

Bad nutritional options receive more advertising and attention than healthy nutritional options but that doesn’t mean they are a better choice. Habits generally take about two weeks to form. Two weeks is not long for a reward that will benefit you in countless ways not to mention one that will set a great example for your children to follow.

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