Diet, Nutrition and Weight loss

afvallen2A diet is the sum of food consumed by a person. Good nutrition can help prevent diseases and promote health. There are six categories of nutrients that the body needs to acquire from food: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fibers, vitamins and minerals.

Proteins aid in the normal growth and development of human body. Recommended sources of proteins: lean beef, chicken, fresh fish, shrimp, black beans, tuna, lentils, salmon.

Carbohydrates are the main source of energy. Carbohydrate metabolism disorders can affect the nervous system adversely. Recommended sources: oats, barley, quinoa, brown/wild rice, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

The body stores energy primarily in the form of fats. Fats enable absorption of Vitamins A, D, E and K and supply essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, which the body cannot produce itself. Low fat diet can lead to vitamin deficiency.

Fibers aid in proper digestion and bowel functions. Lack of fiber in food may lead to digestion related problems and even elevated cholesterol levels at times.

Vitamins and minerals are required for healthy growth of bones, muscles, hair and skin etc. They are also essential in the proper functioning of various body organs. Vitamin deficiency can lead to a number of ill effects like poor eye sight, fatigue, hair loss, skin problems, delayed healing of wounds, weakness, memory loss, depression, etc. Inadequate quantity of minerals in diet may lead to week bones and teeth, weight loss, fatigue, weakness, etc.

More and more we do not get all nutrients from our food, and we put high demands on our body. There is a growing demand in nutritional supplements. The information can be overwhelming and therefore if desirable, the first step is to consider first what it is that you need or that you know your symptoms. From there together we can guide what supplements are best suited for you.

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