Nutrition is the study of food at work in our bodies, our source of energy, and the medium for which our nutrients can function. Food is essential for life and whether we like it or not, we all need to eat and have a relationship with food.
The essential nutrients we get from food are carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids or fats, as well as fibre, vitamins, minerals and water. The absorption of nutrients starts the moment we begin to digest our foods, as they are transported to assist all the metabolic processes in the human body.
Good nutrition means getting the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods in the right portions and combinations. Having the knowledge to make smart choices about the foods you eat, can and will help you achieve optimum health over your lifetime and be a key to avoiding obesity, illness and many of today’s most prevalent chronic diseases.
It’s true that we are what we eat. It then goes without saying that we need to think carefully about what we’re putting into our bodies.
If we’re buying a trolley full of packaged, processed foods with an ingredient list as long as your arm, then we’re eating and feeding our families a cocktail of manufactured chemicals which our bodies struggle to cope with. Genetically modified foods, additives, preservatives, flavourings, chemically changed fats, hybridised grains, soft drinks, long life juice, packaged cereals and poor cooking practices can affect our health in a negative way.
On the other hand, if we’re eating and feeding our families a variety of fresh, seasonal, local produce then we’re getting everything we need for our bodies and those of our children, to thrive. Eating these real whole foods can positively impact the health of the whole family when it comes to weight management, blood sugar levels, improved digestion, heart health, concentration, behaviour, mental well being and self-esteem.
The age of information brings with it a plethora of diet fads, fallacies and misinformation. A consultation with a qualified, registered Nutritionist will set you on a path of well being for life.
Find out more about how nutrition can help you at Livewire Health and Nutrition and let us help you get your family on the right track.
Some Health Funds offer rebates for Nutritional Consultations and I recommend you check with your Health Fund Provider to see if you are eligible for any Health Fund Rebates.