Many factors play a role in maintaining good health. Conversely, good health can reduce the risk of certain conditions. These include heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and injuries. Find out what you can do to keep yourself and your family healthy.
I have already covered a few points and mentioned my experience with diet in the first part of Which diet should we follow? You can go through it to understand the basics of my food habits.
Understanding the Human body
The human body is made of multiple elements and requires different sources & nutrients of energy to function. Those essential nutrients are the ones that the body cannot generate on its own. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these nutrients come from food, and are essential for disease prevention, growth, and good health.
Micronutrients are nutrients that humans need in small amounts. Micronutrients consist of vitamins and minerals. Although the body needs only a small amount, a deficiency can be harmful to health.
Macro-nutrients are those nutrients that a person needs in large quantities. The macro-nutrients include water, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
As mentioned above, the essential nutrients should be consumed, at a particular interval according to your body type and the environment you live in.
If you are someone who goes to the gym, then you might be familiar with this word. Carbohydrates are essential for the body. These are sugars or starches that provide energy to every cell and tissue in the body.
There are two types of carbohydrates: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. People should limit their intake of simple carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, and rice.
The protein contains amino acids that act as the most important building blocks for tissues such as muscles, skin, bones, and hair. Proteins also help with many of the body’s reactions, including the production of enzymes, hormones, and antibodies.
Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamins are essential for preventing disease and maintaining good health. The body requires these micronutrients to support its function. There are thirteen essential vitamins that the body needs to function properly, including vitamins A, C, B6, and D.
Minerals such as vitamins help support the body. They are essential for many bodily functions, including building strong bones and teeth, regulating metabolism, and maintaining proper water. A few of the common minerals are calcium, iron, and zinc.
People often associate high-fat diets with poor health. However, people need fat to stay healthy.
The fat provides energy to the body and helps it perform various tasks. However, it is important to eat healthy fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and to limit or avoid saturated fats and trans fats.
You may have heard that you can live for weeks without food, but only a few days without water. This is because water is the most crucial food source. It participates in many important body functions and distributes other vital functions to the brain.
Final thoughts on a diet to follow
Having a conversation with some dieticians and nutritionists, they told me about the importance of body fat that we most of the time skip to maintain our body weight. They gave me a suggestion to have a proper diet that suits the surrounding environment where we work and live.
Keeping fast once in a month can help you cleanse your digestion system. I have tried this for months and got some unexpected results. It not only keeps your tummy disease-free but also boosts your mental health.
You must remember one thing having a disciplined diet can help you up to a certain limit. To gain or lose weight you must do yoga or physical exercise to keep the oxygen flow stable and muscles free from congestions and choking.
– By Parag Ahire