Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. We all need four basic
nutrients: water, carbohydrates, proteins and fats, as well as vitamins,
minerals and other micronutrients.
Water (1.5 -2L/ day) is an essential nutrient that is involved in every
in the body. It helps transport nutrients an waste products in and out of
Carbohydrates supply the body with the energy it needs to function. They are
found almost exclusively in plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, peas
beans. When choosing carbohydrate rich foods, always select unrefined foods,
whole grain products, as opposed to refined foods such as soft drinks,
candy and sugar.
Fiber is important, as it is not digested, and provides soft and bulky
which prevent constipation and haemorrhoids. It reduces the risk of colon
and maintains a clean digestive tract. It helps to lower blood cholesterol
levels, and reduce heart disease.
Protein is essential for growth and development, and provides the body with
energy. Proteins are found in meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, milk,
beans, chickpeas, lentils, green leafy vegetables, brown rice, nuts and
Fats are important for brain development in infants and children. However
2 years of age, the body requires only small amounts of fat.
Saturated fatty acids should be reduced; these are found in animal products,
dairy, coconut oil, palm oil and vegetable shortening. Saturated fats raise
Polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in corn, soybean, safflower and
oils. Certain fish oils are also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Monounsaturated fatty acids are found mostly in vegetable and nut oils such
olive, peanut and canola. These fats have an effect on lowering cholesterol
Vitamins and minerals are needed for those people who are active, exercise,
under stress, on restricted diets, mentally or physically ill, women who
oral contraceptives, those on medication, recovering from surgery, smokers
those that consume alcohol.
In addition to a proper diet, moderate exercise (3 times a week for 45
and a positive attitude are all important elements that are needed to
sickness and disease.
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