One of the most dynamic aspects related to our health is our nutrition. Not only is it dynamic in that we are eating different foods and providing ourselves with different nutrition-but in the value of these foods themselves.
This meaning that one day a particular type of food can be recommended and then the next day it could be on a list of foods to avoid. Not only can this be extremely confusing for those of us trying to get a good grasp on our diets, but can be exhausting as well.
It is also a leading cause of people just giving up on their diets and reverting back to their old unhealthy ways, and obviously something we want to avoid. So what foods out there should we be eating in order to maintain better health?
Protein is a macronutrient that we are all familiar with, and one that is critical to good health. Proteins are essential to muscle growth and repair which many of us know, however it plays other important roles in our body as well.
Proteins, and the amino acids which make up these proteins are important building blocks used by the body. This is not just for skeletal muscle tissue, but for various types of tissues, and to carry out various functions as well. Proteins are also used in something called signal amplification, an important process which one area of the body can communicate with other parts of the body to also carry out various functions.
Carbohydrates you also want to be eating simply because it is the body’s preferred source of fuel, especially in the case of our brains. Healthy carbohydrates not only supply us with energy, but also help to maintain blood sugar levels, preventing problems like insulin resistance which can lead to type 2 diabetes.
When it comes to carbohydrates, you want to be sticking to whole foods period. Things like berries, oats, quinoa, whole wheat bread, rice and other whole grains are foods you want to be targeting here.
Fats are the last of the 3 macronutrients listed here which are essential to our health. Fats have gained an unfair reputation as of late, in the belief that all fats are bad and lead to problems like heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular problems.
What you need to know about fats is just like other macros-they are not all created equal. Animal fats and saturated fats are generally the ones you want to stay away from, as they can potentially cause all of these unwanted health side effects.
On the other hand, healthy fats like omega 3 fatty acids are not only good for us, but are essential to a healthy life. Our body uses fats to make hormones, protect cell membranes, and to prevent heart related diseases.
As many of us know, our bodies consist mainly of water. Water is the main solvent used by our bodies, one that is used to carry out many different chemical reactions within the body. Without it, simply we would not survive.
Virtually all of us know this, yet we still do not consume as much water as we should be. Dehydration can cause a host of problems including mental fatigue, dizziness, rapid heartbeat and even death. Make sure to be drinking plenty of water throughout the day to help reduce your chances of becoming dehydrated.
Vitamins and minerals are two things we refer to as micronutrients, as we need less of these in our diet when compared to the three macros. With that being said these nutrients are still very important to our health.
Minerals like sodium have a bad reputation because of their link to high blood pressure, however that doesn’t mean that you should be avoiding them in your diet. Sodium is essential in skeletal muscle functioning along with Potassium, so make sure to be getting enough of these micros in your diet.
Vitamins are other micronutrients you need to be getting from your diet as well. Most of us are familiar with vitamin C mainly because of how abundant it is in our diet, however we tend to neglect the other vitamins as a result.
Make sure to be getting plenty of vitamins A,C, D, E, F, and all of the B vitamins to ensure that your body is working at its best.