March has been named “National Nutrition Month” by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Many Americans don’t know what a nutritious diet looks like, even though every single person needs one for the body to function properly. You must have six specific nutrients in your body each day that you can only get though eating right. Take part in National Nutrition Month with these easy tips!
The word nutrition is synonymous with food, but it’s much more than that. “Nutrition, nourishment, or aliment, is the supply of materials – food – required by organisms and cells to stay alive. In science and human medicine, nutrition is the science or practice of consuming and utilizing foods,” Medical News Today writes.
How do you utilize food? Do you see food as fuel, or as something else?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Development (CDC), “Fewer than 1 in 10 children and adults eat recommended daily amount of vegetables. Only 4 in 10 children and fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat enough fruit.” The problem with this is that most of your essential nutrients are found in fruits and vegetables.
When we talk about the essential nutrients, we are talking about two, specific categories: macronutrients and micronutrients. Establishing a diet that gives you these food-source nutrients is foundational for disease prevention, proper growth and good health, according to the World Health Organization.
Macronutrients fill your daily energy resources and are your proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Your vitamins and minerals are your micronutrients.
Low levels of vitamins and minerals can lead to mental impairment and central nervous system defects in infants, the CDC reported.
“You can go for weeks without food, but you can’t last more than a few days without water, “ according to Healthline.com.
“Water is absolutely crucial for every system in your body. It’s also the main thing you are made of. About 62 percent of your body weight is water.”
What many don’t realize is that your brain and your mood are dependent on your water consumption. Water also is a body shock absorber and lubricant for your joints. “It also helps flush out toxins, carry nutrients to cells, hydrate the body, and prevent constipation,” says Healthline.com.
Incorporating healthy eating and healthy living involves identifying foods that trigger chronic inflammation. Nearly all diseases–from cancer to autoimmune problems and heart disease–have inflammation in common. With nutritional assessments and allergy testing, Back 2 Health can identify foods that trigger inflammation in you and plan a diet that will eliminate these inflammatory triggers for better health.
Ongoing dietary issues can lead to severe health challenges; challenges that can stretch over years if daily nutrition isn’t improved. Some signs to watch out for that may mean you have a dietary issue are below:
If you have one or more of these symptoms, call to schedule a consultation with a member of our BacK 2 Health Physical Medicine staff.
If you need some help getting your nutrition on track, you are not alone! The team at Back 2 Health Physical Medicine is ready to help. Back 2 Health Physical Medicine provides specialized treatment plans for healthy eating and wellness in Goose Creek, Charleston, North Charleston, Summerville, Hanahan and Ladson and can help you understand where your symptoms are coming from and what it will take to improve. Call (843) 405-0025 today to schedule your free consultation!