April 09, 2008

Eating Right and Living Well

by Julie Brown

Nutrition plays an important role in our health. Our body needs specific nutrients in order to maintain good health. Healthy eating provides our body with the nutrients it requires. If we feed our body with the wrong kinds of food, we may experience health problems. Very often, these health problems do not occur immediately but after period of time, perhaps several years. We only realize the effects of our bad eating habits when we begin to experience the symptoms of illnesses. In order to prevent this, it is best that we cultivate good eating habits as early as possible and maintain such habits throughout our life.

Eating right has many benefits for us. Firstly, a healthy diet provides our body with the necessary nutrients to function well. Our body is able to thrive with vitality and strength. The nutrients we take provide us with a strong immune system to help us fight all kinds of infection. They help us prevent free radicals from causing damage to our cells which can result in serious diseases. Secondly, healthy eating can help us eliminate obesity, which is a risk factor for many serious illnesses. Obesity is associated with conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, fatty liver disease and sleep apnoea.
Obesity can also lead to psychological disorders such as depression. Thirdly, as healthy eating can provide us with a healthier life, we would thus be able to enjoy an improved quality of life. With good health, our days will be spent doing what we really like to do. This will result in a more fulfilled life. Poor health can cause many restrictions to the way we want to live and what we want to do. Fourthly, as healthy eating can help us prevent serious illnesses, we will be able to acquire some financial savings which would otherwise be spent on the treatments of these illnesses.

Eating well means that we must make sure our diet contains sufficient nutrients which our body requires to maintain healthy body functions. It should have a balance of carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. Nowadays, healthy foods are being less consumed than those foods which are less nutritious. For example, fast foods are consumed more than home-cooked foods because they are quick and convenient. Processed foods, which are more delicious and available, are consumed more than fresh foods. Sweet and sugary desserts, which are more tasty and enticing, are consumed more than fresh fruits.

Old people who do not have the habit of eating healthy meals tend to suffer lack of nutrition. There are several reasons why they do not take healthy meals. Firstly, some old people, especially those who are less educated, do not know much about food nutrition. Secondly, those who are poor simply cannot afford to buy nutritious food. Thirdly, some of them think that they do not need healthy food. Fourthly, some old people think that at their age they should eat what they like. Even at an old age, eating nutritional food is important. Bad foods can create a negative impact on our health no matter how old we are.

Nowadays, information on food nutrition is widely available, mainly through the media, internet, books, food labels, etc. Learning to cook nutritional food is easy and healthy food ingredients are easily obtainable. Even if you are not able to cook a healthy meal for you and your family, you can order a set of nutritional meals through healthy meals providers. These meal providers have a great variety of specially designed, delicious and nutritional meals for you and your family. Besides, these meals can be delivered to your door-step.

If we eat the right kinds of foods, our body will have the nutrients it needs to function well. Healthy eating can improve longevity and quality of life. On the other hand, unhealthy eating will deprive our body of important nutrients for it to maintain good health. Eventually, our health will deteriorate and illnesses will develop. Old people, who suffer from lack nutrition, do not have healthy eating habits. We must exercise good eating habits no matter how old we are.
Furthermore, it is not difficult to get nutritious foods for our meals. Let's always think about our health before we decide on what to eat for our next meal. For more information on, please visit Homecare and elderly.

Julie Brown has special interests in homecare and elderly care and is actively involved in researching innovative ways to enhance the quality of life for seniors and homecare providers. For more information on homecare and elderly care products and services, please visit Homecare and Elderly care.