Nutrition and Dietetics- The Present Day Need-Of-Hour

Nutrition and Dietetics– The Present Day Need-Of-Hour

The need of the hour is to have a mindful approach towards nutrition and diets. Nutrients comprise our diet: carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals. Our traditional diets are more or less a combination of these nutrients. The question is why having an understanding of nutrition is essential.

The food we eat is a combination of macronutrients and micronutrients, but a balanced diet contains both in adequate amounts. An excess or deficiency of nutrients in a food dish makes it unhealthy for the body. A sick or unbalanced diet can have adverse effects on human health. A poor diet generally contributes to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and hypercholesterolemia.

This article caters to FAQs related to nutrition and physical fitness. Give this article a read to learn about the widespread confusion about food and its facts.

1# How Dietary Intakes Are Directly Related To Well-Being?

It is said that “You are what you eat“, meaning every food item we eat affects our body. Well-being is a state of the body having a combination of positive and energetic emotions, an active body, and a healthy mind. Recent research has shown that different foods have specific effects on our body, such as hormonal changes, blood pressure fluctuation, increased or decreased body weight, etc. Additionally, deficiency of certain nutrients in the diet can lead to disturbed mind and body. Acute shortage of vital nutrients results in chronic diseases. Thus, positive well-being and healthy dietary intake go hand in hand.

2# Can Healthy Eating Prevent Diseases?

A person’s diet and lifestyle can cause and prevent diseases. A sedentary lifestyle is a leading cause of obesity, increased cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer, eventually increasing mortality rates. This generation follows the motto of “Eat, drink, and be merry”, i.e. poor dietary intake with little to no exercise.

Healthy eating prevents diseases and reduces the effect of previous non-communicable conditions. High fiber, low saturated fat, and a plant-based diet can lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Similarly, diabetes can be controlled by following the Dash diet.

3# How Physical Fitness Is Related To Mental Health?

Physical fitness is a high-potential factor behind mental well-being. Recent studies have shown that nearly 1 out of 3 people with poor physical health face mental health challenges. Physical fitness is based on a healthy diet and exercise. A mere 10-minute walk in fresh air increases mental alertness and positive mood. Exercising releases endorphins and Serotonin, a pleasure hormone that improves your mood and reduces feelings of stress and loneliness.

4# Is Food Deprivation/Excess Intake the Correct Way To Lose/Gain Weight Respectively?

People are so eager to lose the extra pounds they have gained that they follow any fitness guru they find online. Most of these gurus emphasize one thing, i.e. “Calories in equal to calories out,” which holds some merit but does not fulfil the criteria of sustainability and weight loss in the long term. Starving interferes with the body’s natural mechanism of growth and metabolism. It helps you lose some pounds, but in some cases, one loses no weight. Weight loss by food deprivation is difficult to sustain in the long run. Intermittent fasting is an effective way to lose weight by maintaining cycles of eating and fasting.

On the other hand, underweight people strive to gain weight through excess food intake. Eating more frequently helps you gain weight, but binge eating can cause vomiting, upset stomach, and dizziness. Eating junk to put on weight is not a good option as it increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer. The most effective way to sustain a healthy weight gain is by adding nutrient-dense foods (such as complex carbs, lean protein, and unsaturated fats) to the diet, along with exercising. This strategy is a fun and healthy way to gain weight.

5# Why Is It Important To See A Nutritionist?

It is necessary to see a nutritionist once in a while to understand the present-day condition of your body and how your diet might affect it. A nutritionist can give you the best advice regarding your diet and lifestyle. He can help you understand your eating patterns and nutritional requirements. A regular checkup can prevent you from multiple chronic diseases by identifying the problem at the start. Additionally, a dietician can help you understand nutrition labels and how healthy cooking is possible without exceeding the budget.

Conclusion:

The abovementioned points have proved that healthy eating is the only way to have a happy and disease-free life. A sedentary lifestyle brings nothing except physical and mental health challenges. Eating healthy and exercising maintain well-being and prevent diseases in the long run.

 

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