Does Nutrient Intake Affect Your Health

 

Are you in good or bad health ?

What are the factors that determine the direction of your health ?

Does nutrient intake affect your health ?

These are some of the yardsticks that should be used to check our health wellness or illness.

What are Nutrients ?

Basically, there are 2 types of nutrient that are present in our body.

  1. Substance that provide energy
  2. Substance that support metabolism

Hence, nutrients are substances that nourish our body.  These sources of nourishment can be found in most of the food that we eat and formed the best natural nutrients.

However, in cases of essential nutrients (nutrients that cannot be produced by the body), we can get them from vitamins or diet supplements as an alternative source.

Sources of Nutrients

Vitamin C

Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant.  It helps to protect the body against free radical damage.  Besides that, it is also a good nutrient for the  healing of wounds and an agent that prevent many diseases.

Sources of Vitamin Cnutrient intake affects health

  • a cup of chopped broccoli
  • a cup of sliced green pepper
  • a cup of chopped cabbage or tomato
  • Brussels sprouts, kiwi fruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower

Calcium

Calcium is a nutrient that supports the body structure and its functions.  It is also an important nutrient for the health of the bones and teeth.  Besides that, calcium also acts as a crucial agent that sends messages between the brain and the rest of the body.  In addition, it helps to release  hormones and enzymes for almost of the bodily functions.

Sources of Calcium

  • Fish like sardine and salmon
  • Milk, yogurt, cheese
  • Firm tofu

 

Iron

The important presence of iron is in the delivering of oxygen to the body.  The lack of iron will make a person feel fatigue.  Decreased iron also means decreased immunity.

Sources of Ironkidney bean

  • a cup of cooked soybeans or lentils
  • kidney beans, black eyed peas

 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A increases the quality of our vision.  It also boosts the immunity  and contributes to the health of the reproduction system.

Sources of Vitamin A

  • dried apricots, mango, cantaloupe
  • black eyed peas
  • cooked broccoli

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is crucial for the absorption of calcium.  Thus it is an important nutrient for the process of bone growth.

Sources of Vitamin Dnutrients intake affects health

  • cod liver oil
  • egg, tuna, sockeye salmon
  • sunshine

 

 

Folic Acid

Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate.  Folate is a water-soluble B vitamins present naturally in food.  However, in cases where folate deficiency is detected, folic acid is used as a supplement.

It is normally used for treating low blood levels and  its complications such as anemia, inability of nutrients absorption by the bowel.

Besides that, folic acid is also used in handling ulcerative colitis, liver disease, alcoholism, kidney dialysis, colon/cervical cancer, heart disease and stroke.

In pregnant women, folic acid is used to prevent miscarriage and birth defect.

Sources of Folic Acid

  • beef liver
  • asparagus spear
  • lettuce, avocado, broccoli
  • cooked spinach
  • cooked Brussels sprouts

 

Potassium

Potassium is a vital mineral for the efficient functions of the heart, kidneys and other organs.  It also helps in the lowering of blood pressure.

Sources of Potassiumnutrients intake affects health

  • white beans, soybeans, lentils, kidney beans
  • non-fat yogurt, tomato puree
  • banana, white potatoes

 

Zinc

One of the essential minerals in the immune function is zinc.

The process of wound healing also calls for the presence of zinc.  Hence, zinc is important for the process of normal growth and development.

Sources of Zinc

  • Animal source – lobster, beef, dark meat chicken
  • Non-meat source – baked beans, yogurt, cashews

 

To sum it all, eating a balanced diet is an important factor in the development of a healthy body.  A balanced diet helps to reduce the risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer and many preventable illnesses.

Therefore, we have to be conscious and pay more attention to what goes down our throat to the stomach.

Below is a guide to a daily healthy diet consumption.

  1. Fruits – one and a half to 2 cups per day
  2. Vegetables – two and a half to 3 cups per day
  3. Protein – five and a half to 6 oz per day
  4. Grains – 5 to 7 oz per day (whole bread, pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat cereal instead of refined grains)
  5. Dairy – 3 servings (milk, yogurt, cheese) per day  (recommended low fat, fat free or reduced saturated fat)

 

Last but not least, it is in the interest of every one to stay healthy and live well. Hence I hope that the above information helps you to move in that direction.  So, does nutrient intake affect your health? The obvious answer is, Yes! nutrient intake affects your health.

 

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Should you have any further suggestions, views or  comments, I would very much like to hear from you.  Feel free to pen your ideas.  Looking forward to your response.

 

Your friend in health,

Norleila

 

 

 

 

14 comments

  • Angela

    Funny this is almost like the post I posted today. Great blog and informative. Health is a good topic to write about. Excited to learn more from you.

    • Norleila

      There’re so much knowledge to catch up with and health is no exception.
      Glad that you find it informative. Looking forward to more sharing.
      Thanks for your visit Angela.
      Take care !
      Norleila

  • Scott

    Thank you, Norleila.

    This page is a great one-stop-shop for information. I wasn’t aware of some of these sources of nutrition. I appreciate you doing the work of putting it all together on one page for me!
    (Well, not just for ME, but that’s how it reads.)

    ~ Scott

    • Norleila

      Thanks Scott for your visit and encouragement. I hope to benefit those who visit my site. We all know good health is crucial yet many fall prey to illnesses. Thus I’m sharing one of the many important factors of health – nutrients.
      Thanks again and keep connected !
      Norleila

  • Margot

    Norleila, you have some very important information for everyone that needs help in knowing what they should be eating in order to keep a healthy and thriving body. know there are many people who should be reading and heeding what you’ve shared in this. Thanks for doing the research and making it easier for us lazy people to find all this information on one page!
    Margot

    • Norleila

      Thanks for your feedback Margot. Will do my part to simplify and make it easily available to others as far as wellness is concerned.
      Thanks again for your visit.
      Norleila

  • burnz

    This is great! I know that natural food is still the best for a healthy body, and I am really not into these food supplements anymore since I don’t have any idea on what they put inside.

    Even though it is written on the labels, I still have doubts. So natural is more preferable as you know and see what you put inside your body, but I just don’t have any idea on how to prepare things correctly.

    So, thanks a lot in creating this valuable article for now I know. :-)

    • Norleila

      You’re most welcome Bernie. Glad that it helps you and I believed it’ll help many more.
      Thanks for your encouraging words and looking forward to share more knowledge.
      Have a great day !
      Norleila

  • Nick Murdic

    Thank you for helping us live well. Information is priceless especially of this caliber.

    • Norleila

      Hi Nick, glad I could share this health information with you. Will do my best to do more research and create awareness among us. Really appreciate your comment. Take care !
      Norleila

  • Harold Masters

    Your site contains a lot of good and much needed information for those interested in improving their health. Keep up the good work.
    Harold Masters

    • Norleila

      Hi Harold !
      Thank you for your visit and encouragement.
      It is my ambition that each and everyone of us is interested in improving his/her health.
      Health is an important subject which has always been taken for granted.
      Through good health, a lot can be accomplished.
      Will do more research to fulfil my dream !
      Norleila

  • Lorna Allen

    Lots of very interesting facts and information Norleila. Keep up the good work!

    • Norleila

      Does nutrient intake affect your health? Well, definitely.
      I’m glad that I could share some facts and information with you Lorna.
      Keeping healthy is our responsibility and acquiring knowledge is necessary so that we can take care of our health. What we consume will have an impact on our total wellness.

      Thank you Lorna for your time here. Take care and stay healthy.

      Norleila

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