Health And Nutrition

Simular to the man who defined love as “not beating your wife,” nutrition is as much a matter of what not to do as what is right.
Nutrition is the science of keeping the body properly fueled with the correct foods.
Although eating should also entail the idea of pleasure, the Main importance of food is to keep the body cells healthy. A cell cannot distinguish whether the protein it receives came from filet mignon or from beef stew; neither can the cell appreciate the gastronomic artistry of a four-layer cake piled high with frosting. In fact, if the cell could speak our language, it would probably shout, “For your health’s sake, stop choking me with all those sugars and starches and send me more protein. It’s not carbohydrates that make me happy, it’s amino acids!”
Because our cells were created in the understanding of the “do’s and don’t’s” of good nutrition, it is about time some basis of understand­ing is reached between the mind that selects and puts together the food and the cell for whom the food is intended. Most of us would have nothing but the most genuine compassion for a child before whom anunknowing mother would place a meal of ham, fried potatoes and strong espresso. Yet the things we do to our cells nutritionally make this gross ignorance look humane by comparison!
Proper nutrition is not as dreary a prospect as I once heard it defined by one teen-ager to another. “Nutrition,” said the all-know­ing teenager, “means giving up everything you like—sodas and hot dogs and stuff—and cramming down spinach and carrots.”
Quite the opposite, nutrition can be a exciting study. And certainly it should be one of great interest to everyone, since it is so personal. I cannot eat for you; that is one function each one of us must carry out for himself. Although we may have to depend upon other people to grow our food and to cook it, getting that food to the body cells—its ultimate goal—is something no one else can do for us. That is why it is neccessary for everyone to have at least an rudimentary knowledge of what constitutes good nutrition. Eating is far more than grabbing a bite to quiet a growling stomach. Like everything else, nutrition has its commonsense side – and your health hinges on it!
The greatest way to simplify a complex subject is to introduce it to you through its Key characters. Simply, these are proteins (amino acids), carbohydrates (sugars and starches) and fats which, in turn, reduce to vitamins and minerals.
Water is also an essential component of nutrition, although you may be accustomed to thinking of it as only something to appease thirst, or to fill a bathtub! In fact, it is the most important element of the puzzle. Consider this: a healthy person can live for up to 8 weeks without food but only 3-5 days without drinking water

Taking Proper Nutrition During Pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises women to increase their nutrition during pregnancy. It recommends increasing their usual food servings and taking variety from the four fundamental food groups.

The Standard Diet

The standard diet for pregnancy nutrition consists of about four or more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, 4 or more servings of enriched cereal, bread, and whole grains, 4 or more servings of dairy products and milk, and 3 or more servings of protein-rich foods such as dried beans, peas, and pulses.

Iron

You need lots of iron for good nourishment. As per the National Research Council, the requirement of iron is not possible to be met solely by natural food, especially in the later pregnancy stages. The increment in iron requirement is due to fetal demand as well as the increment in the volume of your own blood by 30 per cent. Iron is vital for the production of red blood corpuscles.

If you do not take adequate iron, the fetus will suck its supply from you and you will end up with anemia and extreme exhaustion. Its good to take iron supplements after consulting your doctor.

Folic Acid

Your requirement for folic acid increases during pregnancy. In fact, you should start taking enough folic acid well before you plan to get pregnant to prevent deficiency. But, not all doctors agree on the intake of folate supplements for every woman. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel found inadequate proof to declare that all pregnant women should take folate supplements.

Folate is found naturally in green leafy vegetables, peas, and dried beans. There is enough evidence that shows that folic acid is important for the prevention of neural tube disorders, like spinal bifida. Besides this, this vitamin helps in red blood cell formation.

Nutritional Supplements

As per the report published in June 1990 by IOM, supplements do not help much in providing nourishment. Doctors all over the world agree that, almost all the nutrients can be obtained through a balanced diet. Except for iron, which poses a double requirement during pregnancy, you need not depend on nutritional supplements for healthy nutrition during pregnancy. Only in cases of deficiencies, do doctors recommend supplements, out of which, the common ones are those containing folic acid and calcium.

Try to gather more and more knowledge about pregnancy by surfing the internet and visiting various informational websites. Keep yourself well informed by reading books and articles that talk about nutrition during pregnancy.