We are all aware of how important nutrition is for a well functioning body. Our parents, grandparents, doctors, teachers, etc., have time and again given us lessons on eating good food, exercising, and being happy to live a balanced life. But despite knowing the basics, not many people truly realize the importance of nutrition on their physical and mental health. Here are some things you should know about nutrition and why it is essential for your overall well being.
Walking, jogging, sitting, sleeping and even eating are all different kinds of activities that the body performs. While these may look different, they do have one thing in common – their source of energy. All the tasks that you perform in a day need energy and this energy comes from a well balanced diet. If you eat a diet that lacks the proper nutrition, your body will not be able to perform at its optimal level. It’s not getting the fuel it needs, and – just like a sports car – it won’t respond properly.
A balanced diet contains proteins, carbohydrates, fibers, and fat. If you want your machine (body) to function smoothly, you need to feed it a combination of these nutrients on a regular basis. It is also essential to practice moderation; overloading on any of these can have undesired effects. You can consult with a nutrition counsellor or dietician to find the right balance for you.
Not many people realize the crucial role that nutrition plays on their mental health. Food is generally associated to how a person looks and not to how a person feels. However, truth be told, nutrition wears many caps and is responsible for many functions in our body, including our minds.
The body and mind are all part of a complex machine, and when the machine gets the right inputs – it gives off the right outputs. As per some studies, it was revealed that the risk of depression can increase by 80% in teens who eat low quality foods as compared to others. A report published by the Mental Health Foundation also revealed that nearly two-thirds of people who eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day are far less likely to have mental health issues. Nutrients commonly found in whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and dry nuts like omega-3 fatty acids, tryptophan, vitamin D, folic acid, magnesium, and vitamin b have also been linked to better emotional well being.
On the flip side of that, eating bad foods can cause you to feel bad. The rush your system gets when you eat a lot of processed foods is always followed by a crash. Some people feel these crashes more than others, like the sluggish feeling after a heavy processed carb load (think of how you feel an hour after eating a bunch of sweets). Parents even identify and comment on this in kids (“sugar crash”).
The facts are clear:
Food plays an essential role in our lives. You can’t live without it, and many of us love to cook and bake and produce all kinds of delicious goodies. Whether it’s ordering from your favourite restaurant, or cooking up a delicious meal at home, it is extremely necessary to pay attention to the food you’re eating. Giving your body and mind the nourishment it deserves is crucial to leading a healthy and happy life.