What Role Does Nutrition Play in Our Health?

Nutrition as it applies to our daily lives means that we take in what we need to maintain our body’s healthy state.

Nutrition has become an important word thanks to a mapping of our daily food requirements These requirements determining what is and is not dangerous for us to consume and the amounts in which we need to consume things. What about eating habits? What about vitamins? What role does our daily intake play in our health?

More than you have been led to believe or understand, the body’s ability to remain well under anything other than ideal conditions is a direct result of the nutrition received on a daily basis.

The mind’s ability to remain well is definitely a direct result of our nutritional intake. For instance, the human brain doesn’t develop well without the necessary input of protein and fats in our daily diet. No protein or fats, no intelligence.

Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do. Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes. How do we determine that we are providing the essential nutritional needs? That knowledge comes by educating ourselves about what our individual needs are, the needs of our family, and then taking that knowledge and applying it to the foods we buy, that we prepare, and that our families consume.

Health is taught as a science course, and addresses matters of personal hygiene, diseases, and the broad spectrum of health as it applies to the masses as well as our nutritional and caloric consumption in our food which is often the most important part.

I personally believe we should have the field of nutrition and physical activity married into something combined to provide every person that enters the school system with a personal knowledge of their bodies’ needs, caloric and nutritional, so that they complete their education with mental and physical competencies, as well as analytical and mathematical competence.

Nutrition is a concept that should be as important to our educational process as our ability to count. The ability to recognize our nutritional requirements, find the foods we need to fulfill those requirements, and differentiate between healthy food consumption and “unhealthy” eating habits is not an option. Not for a healthy, happy, long, and quality life. What we should absorb as we travel along life’s daily path is a way to incorporate good nutrition and physical activity into our lifestyle.

Bad nutrition receives more advertising dollars than healthy nutritional options and is often more visible. But that doesn’t mean it’s any easier, more convenient, or cheaper. Habits generally take about two weeks to make the switch from conscious action to unconscious thought. Two weeks is not long, it’s not long at all for decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life. It’s also not long for the potential reward that comes from setting an example your children can follow, and you can be proud for them to follow forevermore.