Nutrition is indeed very important to our body. We eat in order to survive. However, if the food that we eat does not contain enough or the right amount of nutritional elements, our organism will not be able to function well, grow and cope with every day stress.
Women need nutrients such as omega-3 so they would function properly. Here is a link to a great post: “11 Omega 3 benefits for women.” We needs nutrients, simply put, and we get them from the foods we eat whether they are healthy to us or not. The healthier your diet is the better your body will function. There is a saying: “You are what you eat.” We still obtain some of our needed nutrients from fatty foods or from junk foods though they are not in the level that our organism requires. And taking more of these foods wouldn’t be healthy, not because they don’t have the nutrients we need, but because they have more of the sugar or fat that our body does not need much at all.
Having a good nutrition means we eat the right type of foods that provides us needed nutrients. Nutrients have 6 classes and they are protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins & minerals and water. All these essential elements have their own role in our wellbeing. Protein is the food of the muscles and they also make our immune system strong. It helps in the repair of cells that have been damaged and it also builds new tissues. Carbohydrates give us energy and the lack of it can lead to ketosis which is a condition resulting from the body’s production of ketones. Fat, just like Carbohydrates, also gives us energy. We may think we don’t need fat since it is, after all, fat! But truth is we still need portions of fat in our diet to absorb vitamins such as Vitamins A and D. Vitamins and minerals are important which is why we take them in pure forms sometimes because we don’t get enough of them from foods we eat. They regulate different biochemical processes. Water is very important and we should keep us hydrated in order to stay alive. After all, our body consists of 80% of water.
Knowing the amount of each of these essential elements that our we require and eating the right foods make up the good nutritional base. If we eat too much of the bad stuff and not get enough of the necessary nutrients, then we are depriving our body of good nutrients. Too much fats and carbohydrates is not good for our health, becasue it increases body weight.
Recommended nutrients of people vary depending on age, weight, gender, blood type and even ethnicity. As we get older, our recommended nutritional requirements change so it’s best to learn about how much of each nutrient your body needs based on your new data. For example, pregnant women, have high requirements of certain nutrients for the benefit of the baby growing inside her and to keep her fit and healthy as well.