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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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