Nutrition & Health
Your nutrition plays a critical role in your health and your development, in everything from physical health to mental wellbeing. Better nutrition is linked to having a strong immune system, lowers the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and can even play a part in having a safer pregnancy.
Keeping yourself active and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet will help you maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.
What is good nutrition?
Nutrition, and the foods that we eat, are the fuel that our bodies need to work, and this operates much like a car would. Putting the wrong type of fuel in a car (for example, putting diesel into a petrol car) isn’t going to work and ensuring you’re consuming the right fuel is just as vital. Our bodies need certain things each day to operate as efficiently as they possibly can.
Drinking water is a hugely important part of good nutrition, with other things like fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals all playing a key part in your day to day life. A healthy diet isn’t just made up of consuming the right things though, you need to be having the right amounts in the right balance for your own body.
There are many free guidelines available online that will help with everything from what to put in your weekly shop to be able to eat better, to managing your portion sizes to lose weight (or even save money and make the most out of your shop). Making sure you eat a balanced diet will keep your nutrition in good standing, and it can also help you to avoid nutritional deficiencies such as anaemia.
What is health?
The World Health Organisation definition of health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
As youngsters*, we feel as though the energy and good health we possess will last forever! To ensure this feeling of invincibility continues as we get older, we have to take certain measures into our own hands.
If you are one of the many who doesn’t take regular exercise, it’s important to make a change, especially as your body changes and slows down…but don’t worry, no drastic action is necessary.
With regards to physical health, Public Health’s Obesity Profile of 2020 states that in England 1 in 3 children leaving primary school are overweight or living with obesity.
Obesity is associated with reduced life expectancy and a range of health conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Liver and Respiratory Disease and Cancer. Obesity can also have an impact on mental health. Mental health amongst youngsters is a particular issue currently, especially since the recent Covid-19 Pandemic.
A huge part of how we feel, physically and mentally, results from the fuel we put into our bodies.
If this is something you have not considered, thinking about making changes can be daunting. Particularly if you feel that you have already lost the energy of youth, aren’t sleeping well, have aches and pains, or if you are overweight or haven’t learned about exercise or eating a healthy balanced diet.
Something to consider is the health of your gut and the impact it has on the rest of your body, it really does change the way you feel: Why Purify?
Don’t despair, you are not alone – our team can address any aches and pains and take some time with you to analyse your lifestyle, working out the best way for you to get back on the path to a happy and healthy life.
Following their guidance will help you to feel more like your young self again.
* We understand that not all youngsters are lucky enough to have good health.
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