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Previously I started a medical series. My medical series articles are helpful tips to improve our health and the health of our loved ones. So if you missed my last post, click here for a recap otherwise proceed to today’s reading. I’ll be writing about the importance of ‘Good nutrition’.

Like I described in my last post ‘why we need to stop taking things for granted’ I emphasized the importance of our health. Our health should never be taken for granted. Sometimes we usually do not know what it means to stay healthy until we’re bed ridden in the hospital. Taking your health seriously is a duty you owe yourself so why not read on and apply these principles to your daily life.

A man once to me, I am young so I’m going to keep smoking and drinking because I only got one life to live and besides if I don’t try all these now I’m young, is it when I’m old? These unhealthy habits all makes sense to him right now until he’s diagnosed with alcoholic liver cirrhosis which can lead to end stage liver disease or some form of cancer. Years of chemotherapy or radiation therapy plus enrolling in the liver transplant list follows. Ummm sad.

Prevention is better than cure is a very common saying and I’m sure we’ve heard the expression. Below are tips on things you can do today to ensure a better health and prevent illnesses.

 

WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

 

Good nutrition

Good nutrition

 

Being healthy is impossible without good nutrition. Good nutrition is one of the keys to a healthy life. And for good nutrition, you need a healthy, balanced diet. ‘Healthline’ defines a balanced diet as the food that gives your body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. To get a good nutrition from your diet, you should consume the majority of your daily calories in:
• Fresh fruits
• Fresh vegetables
• Whole grains
• Legumes
• Nuts,
• Lean protein.

More so, you may need to consider controlling your intake of salt, sugar, fat and you should eat smaller portions to help with your body’s metabolism.

When deciding to buy food from a store, you can check the packaging to determine if it’s a whole-grain food eg
• Bread
• Cereal
• Pasta
• Rice

These whole grain foods are richer in nutrients and fiber than the alternatives made from refined grain. Remember good nutrition is paramount to our health.

As for proteins, go for poultry products, lean meat and try to eat fish a couple of times a week. Fish oil are rich in omega 3 which is necessary for our heart function.

You are at the risk of becoming overweight when you consume too much sugar and unhealthy fat. I’m sure you don’t want to become overweight, so always;
• Limit the use of sugar additives to your meals.
• Chose to drink water instead of sweet beverages.
• Avoid sugary desserts and replace them with fruits.
• Limit your intake of unhealthy fats from sausages, meat, butter, cakes, and cookies.
• Use healthy cooking oil, e.g. olive oil.

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Too much salt, or sodium, in the diet is also harmful. It raises your blood pressure and if not controlled can lead to hypertension which is a silent killer.

Diabetes, hypertension, obesity, are major killers on their own and are also risk factors to several medical conditions as well. Would you believe me if I told you that from hypertension you could get a stroke. Diabetes can cause kidney, nerve or eye problems. Obesity can cause fat build up in your arteries which could occlude blood flow to many organs of your body.

To prevent these fatal medical conditions, good nutrition and regular exercise are your best bet for a safer health. These habits can help you lose or maintain weight. You could be start by making some of the small diet changes listed above. Refer to my ‘last post’ to read about the importance of physical activities.

In summary, the importance of good nutrition cannot be overlooked because it saves us from several devastating medical conditions. You are what you eat. To be fit and healthy, you need good nutrition. Your HEALTH is in your hands.

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