The Importance of Good Nutrition in 2021

It's safe to say many people fell away from healthy eating during the pandemic. Stress, remote working, irregular meal times, and many other factors may have played a part.

Some of us have tried various fad diets and trendy cleanses to quickly lose the extra weight. However, there is no quick fix to long-term health. Let’s remember, small things done consistently add up to big results in the long run!

The recipe to long-term health and wellness is good nutrition. It can help:

  • reduce the risk of some diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, and some cancers
  • reduce high blood pressure
  • delay the effects of aging
  • lower high cholesterol
  • improve your well-being
  • improve your immune system and the ability to fight off illnesses
  • improve your ability to recover from illness and/or injury
  • improve your mood
  • improve the quality of your sleep
  • increase your energy level
  • increase your focus

Good nutrition means your body receives all the essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from the major food sources. With dedication, planning, and nutrient-dense foods, you can have the healthiest year yet in 2021!

 

Essential Nutrients in the Five Food Groups

Fruit - Strawberry
Fruits
Fruits have an abundance of many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which may protect you from chronic diseases. Opt for whole fruits rather than juices.
 
Vegetable - Carrot
Vegetables
Vegetables of varying colors provide your body with a wide range of nutrients such as fiber, folate, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
 
Whole Grain - Grain
Whole Grains
Whole grains provide a multitude of key health benefits, and may help weight management, reduce risk of some chronic illnesses, and reduce blood cholesterol levels.
 
Dairy - Cheese
Dairy
Dairy foods have excellent levels of two major components: calcium and protein.
 
Protein - Chicken
Protein
Meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts, and seeds provide an ample amount of nutrients including protein, B vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, B6), vitamin E, iron, zinc, and magnesium.

 

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