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Nutrition for your mind and body

Like fresh air is vital for breathing, good nutrition is of utmost importance in everyone’s life. What we take into our bodies as nutrition not only reflects the health status of our body but also influence our mind and soul. This article focuses on nutrition for your mind and body.

What is good nutrition?

Good or balanced nutrition can be defined as a perfect combination of all the ingredients of food containing carbohydrates, proteins, good fats/lipids, essential vitamins, minerals, fibre and water in the adequate amounts required by individualised needs of a person.

Why good nutrition is important?

We can still live your life by eating junk/fast-foods. But without the balanced nutrition regularly comprising of healthy ingredients and healthy eating habits, we will miss the best version of us having the optimum quality of life and health (real wealth).

Good nutrition and brain health

Regular eating habits of balanced nutritious foods that are known to improve the brain cells functioning not only keeps our brain healthy sharp but also helps us in maintaining the same health level of brain’s memory and cognition in the advanced or geriatric phase of life when the brain’s memory and cognition power starts decreasing.

Good Fatty Acids (Omega-3):

Improve overall brain health and cognition. Surprisingly decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in mid and old age people. Omega-3 is rich in:

  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Beans
  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts

Liquid Diet:

Mother nature has composed our brain mostly with water and for its proper functioning, our brain must remain hydrated at all times. The dehydrated brain tends more to decrease its memory and creative thinking.

Vitamins for Brain Health:

Vitamin D:
According to a study 3 in 4 people in the United States are having the vitamin D insufficiency which increases the risk factors of Alzheimer’s, dementia and loss of cognitive abilities of the brain.
Vitamin B12:
This vitamin prevents the brain cells from exhaustion and dying maintaining good cognition and memory capacity of the brain. It is found in:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Sardines
  • Shellfish

Best foods for a healthy body

Proteins:
Proteins are the molecules that break down to produce amino acids that are the actual building elements of all the muscles and majority of cell components of our body. Proteins act as enzymes and boost up our body functions also help in DNA and tissue repair. They are necessary for the production of blood cells. Proteins are found in:

  • Eggs whites
  • Meat
  • Pulses
  • Vegetables

Carbohydrates:

They provide the necessary energy to our body required to perform daily activities and act as fast nourishment for brain and muscles. Without balanced carbohydrates, it’s impossible to achieve good health. They are rich in:

  • Potato
  • Bread
  • Cereals
  • Dairy

Lipids/Fats:

Good fats or lipids are the good source of vitamin A, D, E and K which have a role in blood clotting and immunity. HDL is the good cholesterol required in cell synthesis. Some fats called monosaturated fats can decrease the risk of heart illnesses. Fats are found in:

  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Olive-oil

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