Nutrition is the intake of food and nutrients in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Nutrition is required during entire life-cycle from infancy to old age and can be an antidote for many common problems in today’s lifestyle such as stress, pollution, sexual vitality and disease prevention. Good nutrition is an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity. The importance of good nutrition is nothing new. Good nutrition is more important than ever. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development and reduced productivity. While wrong diet can be deadly, eating right is among the cornerstones of good health. For good nutrition, a healthy diet is a must.
A healthy diet is one that helps maintain and improve overall health. A healthy diet provides the body with essential nutrition: fluid, adequate essential amino acids from protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, and adequate calories. The requirements for a healthy diet can be met from a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods with more emphasis on unprocessed, whole grains, legumes, and non-starchy vegetables and fruits that provides different colours including red, green, yellow, white, purple, and orange. A healthy diet is low in energy density, which may protect against weight gain and associated diseases. Finally, limiting consumption of sugary drinks, limiting energy rich foods, including “fast foods” and red meat in moderation and avoiding processed meats improves health and longevity.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has given the following 5 recommendations with respect to a healthy diet and good nutrition.
- Eat roughly the same amount of calories that your body is using. A healthy weight is a balance between energy consumed and energy that is ‘burnt off’.
- Limit intake of fats, and prefer less unhealthy unsaturated fats to saturated fats and trans fats.
- Increase consumption of plant foods, particularly fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.
- Limit the intake of sugar. A 2003 report recommends less than 10% simple sugars.
- Limit salt / sodium consumption from all sources and ensure that salt is iodized.
There are also some fad diets which are usually referred to as idiosyncratic diets and eating patterns. They are diets that claim to promote weight loss or treat obesity by various mechanisms, provide little to no scientific reasoning behind their proposed health benefits and have little or no proof to support them. Thus, such type of diets should be avoided.
From a psychological and cultural perspective, a healthier diet may be difficult to achieve for people with poor eating habits. This may be due to tastes acquired in childhood and preferences for sugary, salty and/or fatty foods.
A balanced diet is one that provides the body with all the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals required to maintain cells, tissues and organs as well as to function properly. A diet that is lacking in nutrients can lead to many different health problems ranging from tiredness and lack of energy to serious problems with the function of vital organs and lack of growth and development.
A balanced diet needs to contain foods from all the main food groups in the correct proportions to provide the body with optimum nutrition. It should also be made up of the correct number of calories to maintain a healthy weight and be low in processed foods. Every person is different and hence the correct diet for health may vary from person to person. By following a diet that is varied, covers all foods groups and is low in nutrients that are required by the body in limited amounts such as sodium, saturated fats and sugar, we are well on our way to a healthy body.
A balanced diet is important for a number of reasons some of which includes:
1. It Prevents Diseases and Infections
2. It Helps Control Weight
3. It Promotes Healthy Body Growth
4. It Helps Promote Mental Health
5. It Helps Enhance Your Beauty
AT NUTRIPULSE, we give importance to nutritional diet that not only helps you stay fit, but keeps you healthy. Prevention is always better than cure. The earlier a person starts to eat a healthy and balanced diet, the more he or she will stay healthy. With an increase in sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet patterns, obesity is an increasing problem in today’s world that needs to be reduced. The importance of balanced diet and proper food is about living healthy, enhancing fitness and looking good. At Nutripulse, considering your specific requirements, our consultant’s recommends and plans specialized diet charts to help you balance the recommended calories and achieve your goals. It also helps you eat well to stay well permanently.
Some of our nutritional services include:
Diet according to Body Shape
Diet according to Blood Groups
Lifestyle Modification Diet
Weight Management Diet
Diet for Hormonal Imbalance
Diet for Bride and Groom
Post Natal Diet
Diet for Skin and Hair