Your Body
A Reflection of Your Nutritional Wellness



Nutritional wellness is the science that looks at the relationship between our diet and our health.

Every one of us has the choice of what kind of building blocks are available at the cellular level for our body's fundamental functions and growth.

Remember the old saying, "You are what you eat". Well you are.
Nutritional wellness is a reflection of what you eat.

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Your body is a highly complex machine with its efficiency dependent on the ingredients taken in.

Any deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in these ingredients can produce negative impacts on your body's function, which can lead to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity or osteoporosis.
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Many common diseases and their symptoms can often be prevented or alleviated with better nutrition.

But how do we find nutritional wellness in our choices for a better diet? In today's fast paced fast food environment it really does takes discipline and determination.

The USDA published "The Improved American Food Guide Pyramid" in 1992.

Although it has received some criticism from many nutritional experts because the pyramid does not reflect the latest research on dietetics many believe that the 1992 USDA pyramid is a good guide to adequate nutrition.

The six main food groups within this pyramid will provide the acceptable levels of the seven main classes of nutrients that your body needs: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber and water.

It is important to consume these seven nutrients on a daily basis to build and maintain health.

Poor health can be caused by an imbalance of nutrients, either an excess or deficiency, which in turn affects bodily function. The problem in today's society is finding the time and place to eat a healthy diet.

Our diets today are typically made up of processed foods and foods with little or no nutritional value. This type of diet can leave out many of the naturally occurring nutrients needed for your body's fuctions, which may be found in diets composed of whole foods and organic foods.

And let's not forget the value of water in our diet. The human body is composed of anywhere between 55% to 78% water depending on body size.

Nutritional wellness is achieved by taken in the proper nutrients from the various food groups in the proper levels through your diet.

According to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO: 1996), more than starvation the real challenge in developing nations today is malnutrition-the deficiency of micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids) that no longer allows the body to ensure growth and maintain its vital functions.

Vitamin supplementation
definitely is one answer to our rapid lifestyle and inadequate eating patterns. But how much and of what do we supplement?

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 mandated that the FDA regulate dietary supplements as foods, rather than drugs. Therefore, dietary supplements are not subject to safety and efficacy testing and there are no approval requirements. Caution must be taken when searching out dietary supplementation.

Nutritional wellness requires the proper ingestion and equally important, the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and fuel in the form of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in health and mortality.

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