Nutrition along with exercise, hydration and sleep are essential elements for optimal health. Nutrition may be the most important in that without the proper “fuel”, our “engine” will not work. The elements of nutrition are critical to counteract the daily wear and tear our bodies experience. This prepares us for aging. Yes, we are getting older. It was once said that you cannot run away from a poor diet. The health choices you make now will catch up with you later; it all starts with nutrition.
What we eat, regarding both amount and content are important. Our diet is something we can control, so it is important to know what it contains and what we need. In addition to protein, healthy fats and limited sugars, we need vitamins and minerals. But how much do we need, and where do we get them? The links below will help. Not all foods are created equal; some contain more and some less.
Our body best recognizes and then absorbs nutrients when they are in foods rather then supplements. My advice is to be mindful of the foods you eat to ensure your body’s nutritional needs are met. Supplements, that is pills, may not be as well absorbed and most likely will cost more in the long term. You may feel that you did your part by taking you vitamin or mineral pill, but it may not be absorbed and does not substitute for a well balance diet.
Below is a list of ten (+1) nutrients to look for in your diet. Each is linked to the University of Maryland Complimentary and Alternative Medicine website and explains what they do and foods that they are contained in.
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid)
- Vitamin C
- Glucosamine Sulfate in Crustaceans and Offal
- Vitamin K2
- Coenzyme Q10
You can find more information about diet and nutrition on previous blogs. Dr. Andrew Weil’s discussion about the Anti-inflammatory diet is where I recommend starting.
Bon Appetit and Good Health