Activities And Nutrition That Necessary For Us To Get A Fit And Healthy Body

Get right nutrition right from the start
Get right nutrition right from the start

Get Your Nutrition On Track

Hey, here I come…still remember I promised to have some nutrition sharing which helps to get you fitter and sexier in one of my earlier hubs regarding exercise?

Okay, now is the time!

Nutrition, it is all about the study of food and how our bodies use food as fuel for growth and daily activities, it is the way our bodies take in and use food, it’s the process of providing or receiving food or other life-supporting substances.

Simply put, it is defined as food or nourishment needed to keep an organism growing, healthy and viable. It provides the important elements that all living things need for life.Yes, every living thing needs proper nutrition to survive.

Besides that, I wonder if you willing to choose to believe that we have to be well consumed with the nutrition before the exercises could actually do their works…well, whatever your belief is, I would like to say that getting your nutrition on track is always a wise way for you to feel better, healthier and happier.

Why We Need It?

So, a little planning for finding the good nutrition food to fit your lifestyle somehow seems that important to you, don’t you agree?

Why we need it? Yes, why we need it? I mean...nutrition!

Say NO to obese of course!!!

Well, this may not seem the most important reason why we need the nutrition, yet no one would ever oppose with me that it does help to oppose the obesity.Yes, it helps us either lose weight or keep our BMI, which shows the relationship of weight to height in the healthy range.

Nutrition is a key element in leading a healthy lifestyle. Most experts agree that the formula for a fit, healthy body is 80% nutrition, 10% exercise and 10% genetics...

See? The formula for a fit and healthy body is 80% of nutrition and 10% of exercise! Now you get what I mean in my previous hub saying that we have to be well consumed with the nutrition before the exercises could actually do their works?

What Does It Give Us?

Okay, enough for that. Now, let’s have a deeper look into nutrition. We all know that foods that with great sources of nutrition are called nutrients.It gives us energy, growth, helps repair body tissues and regulates our body functions. So, by now you should know you need all these energy that the nutrients have given us for all our activities, including exercise, daily task or even…yup, you are right, even including sleeping…

Sounds unbelievable huh? Even sleeping...?!

the main source of energy for the body.
the main source of energy for the body.

Let's Have Some Revision

We have learned in our school those days that nutrients are actually include proteins, carbohydrates and fats, which we called the macronutrients or “big” nutrients; and the so called micronutrients or the “little” nutrients which we need in small amounts are the vitamins and minerals. Still have this knowledge in mind eh?

Okay, let’s have some revision here, any objection?

Let’s start with carbohydrates first…

Carbohydrates – which come from the plant based foods that we eat, is the main source of energy for the body. When carbohydrates are in our body, they are being broken down and used as energy. When the body does not need it, it stores them into the liver and muscle (glycogen), when the liver and muscles cells cannot store anymore glycogen, it is turned into fat. So, when a quick boost of energy is needed, it converts glycogen into energy. And when it needs a prolonged burst of energy, it converts fat to energy. Clear enough?

I wonder if you know that carbohydrates do divide into two groups…

(1) The simple carbohydrates, which also called simple sugars that include fructose, sucrose and lactose as well as several other sugars.They are great sources of quick energy.

(2) The complex carbohydrates, which include fiber and starches that can be found in vegetables, breads, rice, oatmeal, whole grains, peas and beans, it takes longer to be digested and so our body needs more time to release these carbohydrates into our blood as glucose.

Proteins – A necessary for building our muscles and organs. They are necessary for keeping our immune system healthy, create and signal hormones. We may get the proteins from meats, eggs, and dairy products or we can also get them from a variety of grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Fats - The substance in food that provides a rich texture and flavor. Can be found always from animal products such as meat, dairy, olive oil, lard, canola oil, walnut oil, butter, margarine and much more…

Wait! I know what is on your mind...Fats? Aren’t they got a bad reputation in the diet world? Yes, indeed, but those are being referred to bad fats, which can contribute to poor health whereas some fats, which we called the good fats, can really contribute to good health. Means…you have to be wise enough to choose the fats you need and the fats you need to avoid.

Need to be replenished daily
Need to be replenished daily

Vitamins

Now, let’s take a look at these “little helpers”. Oops, sorry…I mean…vitamins and minerals…

Little helpers, from the word itself, you know it means we only need them in small amounts. Although they are needed in small amounts, it does not mean that they are not important at all. Instead, they are just as important as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

They usually function as co-enzymes and help chemical reactions in the body happen a lot faster. Take for example, vitamin B helps your body burn carbohydrates for energy, vitamin C helps keep connective tissue strong and your immune system functioning. These are all water-soluble vitamins, which means our body does not store most of the water soluble vitamins very long, means they need to be replenished daily.

Whereas the fat soluble vitamins which include vitamin A, is needed for vision, and vitamin D,E and K are all vital for many of the functions our body needs to stay healthy.

Take this note in mind that chronic deficiencies of vitamins can always result in poor health.

Minerals

So what are minerals then? Well, we always mistaken calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc and magnesium as vitamins, actually, these are all the major minerals. They are necessary for our maintenance of bones and teeth, muscle contractions and nervous system function as well, and they also play the important role for our energy, metabolism, and antioxidant protection.

Let's Practice What We Preach

I bet you should know more or less by now about nutrition which can provide a better health to us and give us a fitter body if we can include the exercise as well in at the same time. Yes, we are all pursuing it and we always need the right knowledge before we do any hard work, aren't we? Hey, I bet you know what's that work smart and work hard means huh?

So, wait no more, let's practice what we preach!

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SubRon7 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Good job, Injured Lamb.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi injured lamb, thanks for all this great info - I'm all for getting a well balanced nutritious diet, sometimes I need a little point in the right direction!

Cloverleaf.


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Very informative and a great reminder of how important nutrition is!!!


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

@SubRon7, hi hi, thanks for your encouragement, you really made my day...

@Cloverleaf, glad to see you here again, hope you enjoy...

@Chatkath, thanks Chatkath...this encouraged me much...

Cheers everyone here!


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Ingenira 5 years ago

A well covered overview of balanced diet. As we grow older, we need to cut down on the carbohydrates, at least to half and replace it with more vegetables and fruits, since we are no longer growing vertical and need to avoid going horizontal. :D


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

very informative and useful hub injured lamb!! a well balanced diet and proper nutition is what all of us should maintain.

carrie


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Ha...you are so right Ingenira, what a great word you are trying to express..."since we are no longer growing vertical and need to avoid going horizontal..."thanks for your comment...


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Thanks healthmedical...glad to know that you enjoyed reading my hub, hope the idea you got does help you...


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Once again thanks for the support carrie, and of course thanks for the vote for informative and useful...hope you enjoy!


september girl 5 years ago

Voted this one up, interesting and useful! Something I need to follow...as I'm a junk food junkie. I better bookmark this one. ;)


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Thanks september girl for your reading, comment and bookmarking as well...hope it benefits you...cheers!


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I enjoyed the read! There's always something new to learn about nutrition. When we go on a diet we often forget how important those "missing" nutrients, vitamins and mineral are. Thanks!


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment Green Lotus, glad that you enjoyed the read...have a nice day.


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

I nice hub and you explained the important terms so well. Great educational article and deserves to get lots of reads!


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the nice word with encouragement Cheeky Girl...hope you enjoy the reading...cheers!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Up, useful, and awesome. Thanks for all the definitions. This is a very useful article. I am trying to eat healthier and this article couldn't have cam at a better time. I will make sure I mark it and thanks so much.


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Hi thelyricwriter, I am so glad to have your sweet comment that inspire me up, thank you very much thelyricwriter, you really make my day!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

A great awesome piece. I agree with you that good nutrition brings healthy children. Be blessed


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Thanks uban...appreciate your comment much...it's a power to me...


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SimpleGiftsofLove 5 years ago from Colorado

Excellent hub! When I first got started on my weight loss program, I sometimes had a difficult time remembering the basic principles because it's not what I was raised with as far as nutrition. This is a great guide that makes it clear. Appreciate it, rated up and following!


Derdriu 5 years ago

Injured lamb: Thank you for the well organized discussion of the food groups! Overeating even of the best food groups still is not a healthy choice. It really comes down to both what and how much we eat.


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Welcome SimpleGiftsofLove, appreciate much of your sincerely made comment, thanks for the rating and following, awaiting for your next visit…cheers!


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

You are so right Derdriu,overeating even of the best food groups still is not a healthy choice, thanks for taking the time and leaving me the precious comment...appreciate much...


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

You are so right...we are what we eat!

Your avatar is so quietly sad, but I expect you to see healing. You keep on expressing and sharing here...you have a great start. Glad to meet you.


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dinkan53 5 years ago from India

Good work injured lamb. Proper exercise and good nutrition help you keep fit and well. This hub once again remembers every one that 'Your food shall be your medicine'. voted up, useful and sharing it to make useful for others.


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Glad to see you here frogyfish, thanks so much for leaving me a warmth comment and encouragement...be blessed with love...


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Appreciate much for your comment with all the nice words that gave me the power to move on dinkan53, thanks a lot my friend...take care...


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

Thanks for reminding us we all need to pay more attention to nutrition!


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Injured lamb 5 years ago Author

Hi tillsontitan, thanks for the comment made...have a nice day...


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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

This was very helpful, I learned a lot! Thank you for sharing all your knowledge with us :)


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Injured lamb 4 years ago Author

My pleasure Pinkchic, thanks for being here and give me your support...hope you enjoy the reading, cheers!


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Maximizer 4 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

Great hub, it's all about the science!


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Injured lamb 4 years ago Author

Thanks Maximizer, glad to have your follow and comment here, have a nice day...


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

trying to get back into healthy eating patterns...for years i gulped food in 20 minutes never thinking really about the negative impact...thank you for sharing this...reminders are a good thing!!


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Injured lamb 4 years ago Author

Oh thank you very much for the reading and commenting pstraubie48, cheers to a healthy you.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

We are trying to eat healthier also. More fruit and vegetables. Good information, very well written! Great hub, voted up and useful! Thank you for SHARING! Have a great day! :)


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Injured lamb 4 years ago Author

This is really a powerful comment to me sgbrown, you made my day...thanks for the voting and reading, much appreciated...take care my dear friend...


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sabrani44 4 years ago

Great hub, thanks so much for sharing! This will definitely be useful.


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Injured lamb 4 years ago Author

You are most welcome sabrani, thanks for the reading and comment, and thanks for always be here with me...take care...

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