What Is Nutrition and Why Is Nutrition Important?

Many tend to associate the word nutrition with weight lost or dieting, but nutrition simply defines the study of the process of nourishing.

Nutrition and health is related like a finely-tuned racing car, your body needs the right fuel (food) and regular maintenance (exercise, lifestyle and mental attitude) to achieve its true potential.

Looking and Feeling Your BEST!
The skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside the human body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of the body's internal needs, including its nutritional needs," says Georgiana Donadio, PhD, DC, MSc, founder and director of the National Institute of Whole Health in Boston.

Receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals can mean the difference between dry itchy skin and radiant skin. There is a new hype coming from the cosmetic community about the power of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients on giving skin a more radiant, healthy, and youthful glow.

Vitamins C, E, A, K, and B complex can all help improve skin health.

Eating a balanced diet and reducing calories is vital to good health, important in preventing diseases and essential for growth and development.
Poor nutrition and physical inactivity are associated with an increased risk of a number of chronic health conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers, high blood pressure, as well as overweight and obesity. Fifty-nine million U.S. adults are obese.  Over the past 10 years, obesity has increased 60 percent among U.S. adults. Sixteen percent of U.S. children and adolescents age 6-19 are overweight.  Since 1980, being overweight has doubled for children and tripled for adolescents.

It is no surprise that First Lady Michelle Obama took up the initiative to fight childhood obesity!

Promoting regular physical activity and healthy eating and creating an environment that supports these behaviors can reduce this epidemic of obesity. Regular physical activity also reduces risk for heart attack, colon cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. It also helps to control weight; contributes to healthy bones, muscles, and joints. Research shows that healthy eating lowers the risk for many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.  Yet a large gap remains between good nutrition and what Americans actually eat. Only about one-fourth of U.S. adults eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.