Why Proper Nutrition Should Be A Top Priority
We all know that nutrition is important, but how many of us know what exactly “good” nutrition is? First, let’s break down what nutrition actually consists of:
1. Protein – provides fuel for the body essential to muscle and cell growth
2. Carbs – provides more fuel for muscle and brain cells
3. Fats – healthy fats carry nutrients through the body, slow metabolism, and protect organs
4. Vitamins – strengthen and protect the body
5. Minerals – also strengthen and protect the body
6. Water – essential to life, detoxing, and proper body functions
Getting the right balance of the six nutrition components above allows your body to work the way it should, resulting in energy, muscle growth, good metabolism, and so on. So, what happens if you don’t get good nutrition? So often, people replace nutritious foods with coffee and other high-sugar foods because it gives them the illusion of energy. However, that high is always quickly replaced by a crashing low, making the rest of the day unproductive, sluggish, and depressing. Other negative side effects of bad nutrition include obesity, heart problems, lack of focus, restlessness, and insomnia, and in the worst cases, death.
If you need something to replace your mug of coffee or that energy drink, try some of these convenient foods instead:
These little guys are packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, and other heart-healthy nutrients that convert into energy.
A handful of any type of nut provides a boost of energy, protein, and healthy fat.
Dates are full of fiber and simple sugars, which convert quickly into energy.
Oranges help boost the immune system, contain fiber, and the carbs in the fruit
help you feel full and energized
You can’t beat plain old water to cure what ails you. If you’re feeling sluggish and struggle with headaches, chances are you’re dehydrated. Drink between ½-1 ounce of water for every pound that you weigh every day, and you’ll see a ton of benefits including better energy, easier weight maintenance, clearer skin, and so on.