Do you know the definition of Nutrition?

Because March is National Nutrition Month, I did a little research and found a great website that provided good, solid information about nutrition.  Nutrition is defined as the process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissues.  It is any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

The answer to the question “What should I eat?” is actually pretty simple. But you wouldn’t know that from news reports on diet and nutritional studies, whose sole purpose seems to be to confuse people on a daily basis. When it comes down to it, when all the evidence is looked at together—the best nutritional advice on what to eat is relatively straightforward: Eat a plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains; choose foods with healthy fats like olive and canola oil, nuts and fatty fish; limit red meat and foods that are high in saturated fat; and avoid foods that contain trans fats. Drink water, limit sugary drinks and use less salt. Be sure to make exercise a key partner to your healthy lifestyle.

Trying to follow all the studies on vitamins and health can make your head swirl. But, when it’s all boiled down the message is this: A daily multivitamin, and extra vitamin D is a good way to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need to be healthy. True, a healthy diet should provide nearly all the nutrients you need. But many people don’t eat the healthiest of diets. That’s why a multivitamin can help fill in the gaps, and may have added health benefits. Vitamin D from a multivitamin or single supplement can lower the risk of colon and possibly many other cancers, as well as other chronic diseases.

Just read nutrition news and you’ll see that not all scientists agree on multivitamins. Some say that there’s not enough proof that multivitamins boost health, so they don’t recommend them. It’s a short sighted point of view. Looking at all the evidence, the potential health benefits of taking a standard daily multivitamin seem to outweigh the potential risks for most people.

In my opinion, it is all about balance. Choose a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and healthy oils, and low in red meat and unhealthy fats.  Do think about adding vitamin D. In addition to its bone health benefits, there’s growing evidence that getting some extra vitamin D can help lower the risk of colon and breast cancer. Aim for getting 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D per day—and take this in addition to your multivitamins.  Choose a your nutritional supplementation as carefully as you chose your food and it’s source.  Not all vitamins are created equal.  If you would like more information on how to find a good nutritional supplement, feel free to contact me at joycegoodman@bounce2health.com.

The nutritional information from this article was found on:

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamins/

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