The Importance Of Nutrition And Exercise
Why is nutrition so important?
It was in approximately 400 BC when Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, first
promoted the idea of “Food as Medicine”. Today, we are only beginning to re-learn this
Nutrition is important because it is the ultimate basis of good health. Unfortunately, our current
healthcare system is centered around treating disease, not preventing it. But the prevention of
illness is not something that can be patented or trademarked – it simply involves proper nutrition.
Study after study has shown that a healthy diet can help prevent nearly every common ailment,
including heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
Even making small dietary changes – like participating in Meatless Monday, or including vegetables in every meal -can make a big difference. All it takes is putting down the Big Mac and picking up the salad fork.
But what is nutrition? The answer may not be as simple as you think. While nutrition is defined
as “the act or process of nourishing or being nourished”, this is still a very open-ended idea. In
general, however, proper nutrition can be described as eating the right balance of protein,
carbohydrates, and fats, with at least five servings of vegetables per day.
Why is exercise so important?
Our bodies weren’t meant to be stagnant – they were meant to move. Exercise is extremely
important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for a variety of reasons. First, it is an excellent tool for
the management of weight and blood pressure. Secondly, studies have shown that exercise is
an excellent preventative measure for many diseases. The Mayo Clinic, a top medical
institution, recommends that adults get about 30 minutes of exercise per day, like running,
strength training, swimming, or walking.
Exercise is also very important for the maintenance of a healthy brain. Clinical studies have
demonstrated that exercise helps your brain create new neural connections, paving the way for
better brain function, including improved memory. In addition, the endorphins that are produced
when you work out can help you feel happier and more energetic.
The Bottom Line
Looking to feel better, stronger, and healthier? The answer is in what you eat, and how much
you move. Proper nutrition and exercise are the keys to a healthy life.