Importance of Nutrition
The importance of good nutrition is nothing new. Back in 400 B.C., Hippocrates said, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." Today, good nutrition is more important than ever. At least four of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.--heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes--are directly related to way we eat; diet is also implicated in scores of other conditions. But while the wrong diet can be deadly, eating right is among the cornerstones of health.
Your body is the product of nutrition. The importance of nutrition in attaining body health can never be over-emphasized. What you eat will determine how often you fall sick, how obese you become, how physically fit you are, how long you will live and a host of other vital factors.
Consider for a moment, the importance of nutrition using just the basic components of our diet: carbohydrates; fats; protein; and water.
Carbohydrates provide the body with a ready source of energy, although fats and proteins can also be used for this. When absorbed from the gut and metabolized they provide the glucose that cells convert to energy. The greatest consumer of glucose in the body is the brain. When eaten in proper volume, your body has optimal energy levels. However, if the ingested volume exceeds the energy use, the excess carbohydrates are converted to fats and deposited in the body.
The main purpose of fats in the body is to serve as a storage system and reserve supply of energy. During periods of low food consumption, fat reserves in the body can be mobilized and broken down to release energy. Fats serve as an insulation material to allow body heat to be conserved and fats line and protect delicate internal organs from physical damage. Fats in the diet can be converted to other lipids that serve as the main structural material in the membranes surrounding our cells. Fats are also used in the manufacture of some steroids and hormones that help regulate proper growth and maintenance of tissue in the body. But, when concentrated fats are ingested in high volume, they not only accumulate in the body, but a certain chemical in fats called cholesterol accumulates in blood vessels until they become blocked and can eventually rupture.
The primary functions of proteins include the building and repairing of body tissues, regulation of body processes, and formation of enzymes and hormones. Proteins serve as a major energy supplier, and aid in the formation of antibodies that enable the body to fight infection. An excess of protein will also be converted to fat and stored in the body.
Water is also a critical component of nutrition. Without hydrating the body adequately, your body will be unable to excrete toxic waste, or accomplish optimal digestion. Consequently, you will be susceptible to heart stroke, kidney failure, stomach disorders and other potentially lethal maladies.
Nutrition is a key component of any Wellness plan, and is constantly emphasized at the Inspire Wellness Center™.
Nutrition Counseling Session
Prior to your initial session, you will be asked to fill out an in-depth questionnaire concerning your dietary and physical activities. Our initial session may last from one to two hours, and will involve a thorough review of your medical history, diet and physical activity level. We will discuss your wellness goals, along with your level of commitment, so that we can create a nutrition and fitness plan that will be practical and achievable for you.
We will get you started on your nutrition plan and then follow up with you, making adjustments to your plan as necessary, and providing the encouragement and support you need to stick with it.
How Do I Get Started?
Simply purchase a session and you'll be contacted via email or call us at 925-878-8450.
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