Good nutrition is important, no matter what your age. It gives you energy and can help you control your weight. It may also help prevent some diseases, such as osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
There are many benefits to having a nutritious diet. Below are 10 reasons:
Good nutrition can boost immunity, fight illness-causing toxins, keep weight in check, and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, and cancer. Along with physical activity, a balanced diet can also contribute to enhanced independence as you age.
Nutrition and overall health Good nutrition contributes to physiological and psychological health. It is essential for growth and repair and as a source of energy (Green 2011). Some health problems, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, can be attributed to diet (Green 2011).
Nutrition Level. Nutrition is closely associated with skin health and is required for all biological processes of skin from youth to aging or disease. Nutrition levels and eating habits can repair damaged skin and can also cause damage to the skin.
Good nutrition can help:
Adequate nutrition is one of the important factor influencing growth & immunity. A balanced diet must contain sufficient amount of carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fibre in the required amounts. Each of these nutrients has a vital role in the all-round growth and development of children1.
Energy and nutrient needs at different life stages are related, in general, to changes in rates of growth (higher per unit body weight during faster growth such as human infancy, adolescence, and pregnancy). Prior to birth, the maternal diet and body stores supply all nutrients.
Eat a wide variety of foods from the five food groups: plenty of colourful vegetables, legumes/beans; fruit; grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and high fibre varieties; lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds; milk, yoghurt, cheese or their alternatives, mostly reduced fat.
In conclusion providing good nutrition is important in the prevention of malnutrition, degenerative diseases and overall well being of patients. It is vital for nurses to develop good nutritional knowledge and interpersonal skills to be able to provide holistic quality care towards the recovery of patients.
Nursing plays a key role in nutrition education because nutrition is a part of patient outcomes. 12 The healing of the body can take place only when the nutrients that provide the building blocks for repair are present. The nurse as a nutrition educator is a vital role in the overall healthcare system.
Nurses have the expertise and responsibility to ensure that patients and clients’ nutritional needs are met. Providing nutrition screening and appropriate nutrition advice is essential to improve healthy eating and subsequent health outcomes. Non-communicable diseases are often associated with modifiable risk factors.
Aging causes loss of function in tissues and organs and is explained by different theories such as free radical or reactive oxygen species (ROS), nutritional intervention in the name of caloric or dietary restriction (CR/DR), or endocrine theories.
Biological factors include age, gender, growth, disease states, and genetic makeup. Among the nonbiological factors, socio-economic status is the most important. Poverty is one of the major socio-economic causes of variation in nutrient intake, and it also impacts nutrient requirements.