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Nutrition: The Key To Good Health

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The human body requires for its maintenance, growth and repair, a combination of elements, chemically divided in to five groups: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Ideally our diet should therefore contain all these constituents of food in the right proportions. Such a diet is called a balanced diet.

However, scientific surveys reveal that the Indian diet is deficient or ill-balanced as regards certain essential food factors. This is often due to the fact that we eat to satisfy our own appetites and not to fulfil the needs of our body. Conclusion: many of us may suffer from diet deficiency of which we may not be aware.

Nutrition: For Body Maintenance

Food is basic to our existence and is the sustaining power behind all our body movements both in sickness and in health. The need for extra nourishment cannot be overlooked, especially since our diets may lack the right balance. A diet that is lacking in the vital foods a body needs may lead to tiredness and lethargy and may leave the body open to infection and sickness. A diet supplement that is an ideal balance of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals, helps restore a sense of well being and guards against illness.

Nutrition: For Body Growth

Growing children spend more energy than their food alone can provide and they renew their energy at the expense of body tissue. This hampers growth. A body-building and energy-giving food is essential to supplement their diets.

Even the growing foetus in the mother's womb requires nutrition. Expectant mothers need extra nourishment to provide the foetus with the nutrition it needs. Lack of this nourishment results in morning sickness, weakness and other common ailments in the early months of pregnancy. Nourishing and protein rich foods are therefore a very essential part of her diet during pregnancy and lactation.

Nutrition: For Body Repair

During sickness a large amount of energy is used to fight the disease. Body reserves are eaten up, muscles and fat are wasted and the body gets extremely thin and weak. The body then needs a regular and rich supply of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to restore strength.

Patients suffering from diarrhoea, dysentery, colitis, and other stomach disorders need a diet that is nutritious yet easily digestible. Nourishment that is free from starch and contains predigested carbohydrates and protein is recommended.

All these factors go to point out that:

  1. The body needs a balanced food supplement that combines all five elements viz. carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
  2. The body prefers a predigested food supplement that allows all its goodness to be quickly and easily digested.
  3. Good nutrition is important for good health and for effecting a smooth transition from illness to recovery.

Stella Marie is a trained Beautician & Dietician. Alongwith her clinic, she also runs the popular website Visit for more articles.
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