What do you eat?

There has never been a time in our history when we have been so concerned about what we consume.  We are flooded with choices of all sorts through the advertising industry. “Advertising by the American food and alcohol industry—which includes food manufacturers, retailers, and foodservice—comprises nearly 16 percent of the $73-billion mass media advertising market, second only to the automotive industry, which accounts for 18 per- cent“ . It’s important you learn to sort through the rubble of food choices to pick what is best for your body, food that contains all the important nutrients needed by your body.

Nutrition is a critical part of health and development. Better nutrition is related to improved infant, child and maternal health, stronger immune systems, safer pregnancy and childbirth, lower risk of non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and longevity.. Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how the body uses them, and the relationship between diet, health, and disease. Bad eating habits and poor nutrition can lead to contribute to being overweight or obese, tooth decay, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, depression and the list goes on.

Social media and  television advertisements daily load us with solutions and advice on what to eat and what not, most of which are false and contrary. Food is basic need for all humans and many take advantage of this fact to gain a following, projecting false images of themselves in relation to what they eat. It’s important to seek the advice of authorized professionals in relation to good nutrition.

Good nutrition comes with simple steps, you don’t need to dramatically change your eating lifestyle. Everything has to be done in moderation. You can start by having a variety of the basic food ingredients needed by the body, cut down on fatty foods and sugars and regularly exercise. It’s important to seek medical attention on the right food to eat depending on your age and environment. I leave you with this beautiful quote, which goes like, “Eat your food like your medicines or else you will eat your medicines like food”.