Why We Need Nutrients? Healthy Living-Part 1

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Healthy diet plays the key role in our healthy living dream. But eating healthy doesn't mean you have to spend fortune. It works pretty well on a low budget, as long as you know what to eat.
by HaiyanLai-Heskin


Healthy diet plays the key role in our healthy living dream. But eating healthy doesn't mean you have to spend fortune. It works pretty well on a low budget, as long as you know what to eat.

Before we start planning our diet, let us find out what nutrients do we need in order to stay healthy. There are certain things that our body needs to function properly, whether you get them in a vitamin or a supplement or get them from food.

1. Vitamins-Vitamins are nutrients that allow chemical reactions that lead to the creation of bone, tissue and muscle. Vitamins ensure the functioning of the nervous system, vitamins also allow the body to use calories as energy, process proteins carbs and fats.

2. Minerals-Dietary minerals are the chemical elements required by living organisms. Appropriate intake levels of certain chemical elements are thus required to maintain optimal health. Without the right minerals you won?t be able to process food effectively in order to get the vitamins that the body needs.

3. Amino Acids-Amino acids play central roles both as building blocks of proteins and as intermediates in metabolism. Humans can produce 10 of the 20 amino acids. The others must be supplied in the food. Lack of amino acids can lead to severe imbalances that can cause a lot of unpleasant conditions.

4. Fat-Fats play a vital role in maintaining healthy skin and hair, insulating body organs against shock, maintaining body temperature, and promoting healthy cell function. They also serve as energy stores for the body. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble, meaning they can only be digested, absorbed, and transported in conjunction with fats. Fats are also sources of essential fatty acids, an important dietary requirement.

5. Protein-Protein is one of the key building blocks of the body. Protein is the main source of energy for the body. Protein also helps build muscle and it is essential to help the body repair damage and keep all the systems of the body running efficiently.

6. Carbohydrates-Carbohydrates fill numerous roles in living things, such as the storage and transport of energy and structural components. Additionally, carbohydrates and their derivatives play major roles in the working process of the immune system, fertilization, pathogenesis, blood clotting, and development.

As we have studied the essential nutrients that our body needs to function properly. In part 2 we will detail a wide variety of foods including vegetables, whole grains, fruits, non-fat dairy products, beans, and lean meats, poultry and fish to eat in a low budget.

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