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Glow With Good Health: The Importance of Good Nutrition

by Seraphina's Kitchen on February 9, 2015

Approaching each day with energy and a zest for life doesn’t require a “miracle” diet or magic pill. All you really need to feel energetic and gain a healthy glow is to fuel your body with essential nutrients and engage in a little daily activity.

Nutrition 101 In a Nutshell

Luckily, good nutrition isn’t complicated. Supplying your body with the nutrients it needs to grow, heal and function is the keystone to optimum nutrition, and it’s as easy as making a few good food choices each day. That means you need to eat foods from all of the nutrient classes: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins will give you energy, and you’ll aid your body’s complex functions with essential minerals and vitamins.

Calories In, Calories Out

The energy you get from food is measured in calories or kilojoules. And, in spite of some pretty convoluted diets on the market today, maintaining a healthy weight is really just a matter of consuming the same amount of calories that you expend (use up) in a day.

The Rewards of Good Nutrition

There are endless benefits to taking just a few minutes each day to ensure that you’re getting that nutritional and caloric balance. Good nutrition helps you feel more energetic and gives your body the nourishment it needs to function well, grow properly and fight disease and infection. Poor nutrition, on the other hand, makes your body vulnerable to a host of problems. Aside from making you feel sluggish, an unbalanced diet lacking essential nutrients inhibits important functions like building bone and digesting food.

Tips for Good Nutrition

Make your daily diet work for you with quick “super-foods” that cover many nutritional bases. The experts at WebMD report that top super-foods include produce like bone-strengthening broccoli and heart disease-combating blueberries. Walnuts and wild salmon are also nutritional powerhouses, providing excellent sources of Omega-3 nutrients that lower the risk of heart disease.

Adding these super-foods to your diet is simple. Snack on frozen blueberries or blend them up in a quick smoothie. Sprinkle a few walnuts on your super-food oatmeal for breakfast, and bake a quick salmon fillet for dinner.

Cook at home more often. Making your meals at home gives you better control of your nutrition. Prepared meals and restaurant dishes are often loaded with sodium, hidden fats and unrealistic portion sizes that play havoc with your nutritional balance. When you cook at home, you know exactly what you’re consuming.

Get That Healthy Glow

An interesting thing happens when you eat healthfully: you actually become more attractive to others. Just adding one or two more fruit and vegetable servings to your daily diet gives your skin a carotenoid-induced golden glow. British researchers found that people with that golden hue were rated as more attractive than people without it.

And healthy skin looks younger too!

So, even if feeling great and achieving good health isn’t enough motivation to pursue a balanced diet, you can add looking great to the list of benefits of eating well.

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Veronica February 22, 2015 at 3:20 am

I think a person’s health is written all over their face – if you eat well you are more likely to be healthy and you’ll look better for it!

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