Proper nutrition means giving your body what it must have to run properly. The right nutrition lets you live long and well, and there is a lot knowledge out there about it. How do you weed through all the available information? If you can, you should look for general information first and then move on to advance topics. Keep reading for some useful tips on nutrition.
Here’s a scary one. Have you ever wondered why dogs only live 10 to 15 years while humans live typically 60 years or more? It all lies within our cells and our metabolism where oxygen plays a big part. Oxygen moves energy throughout our cells breaking the carbs we consume into energy. The problem is, oxygen also breaks down our cells in the same process. This is called “oxidation.” But our cells also have a buffer against the oxygen, these are called “antioxidants” and are prevalent in fruits and veggies.
Dogs have faster metabolisms than humans, which breaks down energy quicker and pumps much more oxygen into the cells. The cells die faster because of oxidation. Dogs also don’t or can’t eat many fruits and veggies, which carry those all important antioxidants.
While humans have slower metabolisms, you can actually speed yours up almost to the speed of a dog’s, simply by eating pure sugar, which the body converts to energy almost immediately. Pure sugar is a high energy carb. Cells turn the sugar into energy, but harm the cells in the process. Cells take time to grow back and they don’t grow back indefinitely! So if you want to live a longer life, eat lots of fruits and veggies and keep away from the pure sugar!
If you are trying to eat as cheaply as possible, but still want to be healthy, purchase a variety of fortified breakfast cereals. Vitamins and minerals are added so it’s as if you’re taking a multivitamin. One box provides you with 4 or 5 meals so the cost per meal is less than one dollar for you.
It may sound like a broken record but when it comes to nutrition, pull out that food pyramid you were given in elementary school. This will ensure that you get the proper combination of starches, proteins, carbs, and other essential elements of a healthy diet. If you are looking to be a productive member of society, or just of the workplace, being well nourished is the first step.
Avoid childhood obesity by teaching your kids the importance of a healthy diet. Have them help you pick healthier options that they will be willing to eat and explain to them why its good for them. When kids feel involved with what they’re eating, they will want to continue making these healthy choices later on.
Legumes are superstars of the nutritional world. They provide protein and help balance blood sugar. But they may seem dull. Just dress them up in a good recipe and they are superstars of taste also: lentils become a good veggie burger, chick peas become hummus, beans excel in Mexican dishes, and there is nothing better than a bowl of homemade pea soup on a cold winter day!
Animal fats are seen as culprits of high cholesterol by many nutritionists, so many people are avoiding animal fats. The mainstream recommendation is currently that we make animal fats no more than 10% of our caloric intake. But, there is another voice that says these fats contain necessary nutrients, amino acids that contain carnitine and other substances vital to fat metabolism.
Dairy products give us calcium and protein. But some people find cow’s milk indigestible. For them there are alternatives: lactaid milk, goat’s milk, and soy or rice ‘milk.’ Cultured dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream and yogurt are especially high in nutrients and more digestible than milk.
Instead of eating potato chips as a snack at the end of the night, go into the fridge and peel several apple slices. Apple slices are a very nutritious and tasty snack that you can substitute; with a fraction of the calories that you will get from eating potato chips.
Use pureed fruit for a healthy substitute for commercial meat sauces. Fruit that is in season is more than affordable. You can puree up everything from apples to pineapples to marinate your fish, poultry, pork or beef. It works when you are barbecuing and even inside on the range or oven.
Eat oatmeal for breakfast. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, protein and whole grains. It will fill you up, keep you full and help to clean the cholesterol out of your system. Oatmeal can be eaten plain, or with whole fruit added to sweeten it up.
In conclusion, to live a healthy life, you need to follow proper nutrition. Sorting through all of the information that is available can get confusing, but starting with the basics will help. Apply the tips from this article and you’ll be making better nutrition decisions in no time.