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:
Aging is linked to changes that can make you prone to deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and several other important nutrients. It may also reduce your ability to recognize sensations like hunger and thirst.
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).
Good nutrition can help:
Nutrient-rich (or nutrient-dense) foods are low in sugar, sodium, starches, and bad fats. They contain a lot of vitamins and minerals and few calories. Your body needs vitamins and minerals, known as micronutrients. They nourish your body and help keep you healthy. They can reduce your risk for chronic diseases.
Urban lifestyle leads to the nutrition problems like using fast foods and poor foods, increasing problems like cardiovascular (5). Exercise: For treating general health problems, the exercise is included in life style (6). The continuous exercise along with a healthy diet increases the health.
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.
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.
A food is something that provides nutrients. Nutrients are substances that provide: energy for activity, growth, and all functions of the body such as breathing, digesting food, and keeping warm; materials for the growth and repair of the body, and for keeping the immune system healthy.
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.
Having good nutrition can help: reduce the risk of different diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, various types of cancers, and osteoporosis. Good Nutrition also reduces high blood pressure and it can lower high cholesterol.