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Boosting Up The Body At Its Best

Feb 3, 2008
Undeniably, a huge gap between what our body consumes and what it needs exists. In the recent times, the having-as-much-fun generation outweighs those who worry about optimal health.

No matter how tedious it may sound, this nugget of wisdom proves true: health is priceless wealth. As we age, we know that the tastiest meals can cost our entire health, and that being less careful with what we eat can equate to a lifetime of regret.

It may be a breather to know that according to studies, people have become, and are becoming, concerned with what an unhealthy lifestyle can offer. This is where the concepts of vitamins and minerals, which some if not many shrug off, take center stage.

Simply put, vitamins regulate our body functions and ensure the wellness of our overall physical being. These nutrients are essential to make the body work properly. We need them in certain amounts and in the form found in the food we take. Vitamins are found in grains, fruits and vegetables. A certain type of vitamin, though, can be lessened or destroyed during exposure to heat or air, particularly in the cooking or boiling of our food. Keeping as much of these vitamins as possible, according to experts, can be done by steaming or grilling them.

Meanwhile, minerals aid in the strengthening of our bones and teeth. It also does its work in controlling our bodily fluids and in turning one's entire food intake into energy. Minerals are found in a variety of foods including cereals and cereal products as bread, fish, meat, milk and dairies, fruits especially when dried, vegetables, and nuts.

The fact is that the food we consume should contain various nutrients essential to keeping our bodies in top shape. They keep our health up by aiding in the healing and prevention of, and immunity to sickness. The absence of vitamins and minerals hampers these abilities that our bodies naturally possess. But because the body cannot produce its own nutrients, these must be acquired in our daily diet. With doctors' advice, nutritional supplements may prove necessary in this aspect.

While you know about what vitamins and minerals can do to your body, it's not enough. Make sure that you have informed food choices that make up a healthy diet.

Nutritionists say that limiting your diet to "routine food" as sources of vitamins and minerals is depriving yourself of the wide diversity of food rich in these nutrients. A balanced diet need not be unexciting; healthy and diverse foods can make you enjoy every meal while you acquire what you need for good health.

The secret is to remember that no matter how your choice of meals satisfy your taste buds, never compromise what it will do to your body.

Admit it; this is the age of outright compromise. But our physical well-being should take our lives' priority spot. While emotional stability contributes to good health, doctors say the body needs all the good stuff it can get to be able to function at its best, despite the weather or the environment. Eating the right kind at the right amount is the key to a healthy physical lifestyle. Never to sickness, all for health; that's how life should be lived!

Bon appetit!
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