Nutrition first (why nutrition is important)

Tammy Ruggles - [email protected]

There are good health habits and bad health habits. The trick is to know the difference and take charge of your body.

The primary way to achieve overall health is to make a change in your lifestyle. For some it’s hard to throw out junk food or start an exercise routine if they have never done it before, but it is the only way to live a healthy life. Pills and quick fixes may work temporarily, but soon you may find yourself slipping back into bad health habits because you have neglected to start from the ground up.

What does this mean? Start with a positive attitude about your body. Know that food, exercise, and rest will have a positive impact on how you feel and perform.

What does your body need? Healthy food that is as close to natural as possible: Protein, vegetables, fruit, grains, vitamins, minerals, and water.

Your body needs these things to function properly. It couldn’t be any simpler. What isn’t simple is starting a change in your lifestyle and adopting it for the rest of your life.

Some tough love for yourself is in order. Tell yourself that it’s up to you and you alone to make these changes. If you want to lessen your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, you must make a change. If you want to increase your longevity and overall health, then make the change today.

This means throwing out the junk and replacing it with healthy food. It means doing some form of exercise 2 or 3 times a week. It means drinking a lot of water and getting enough sleep.

It means changing how you think about your body and your lifestyle. You wouldn’t fill your car with soft drinks. It won’t run, and your car will have problems. Your body can’t run on junk either.

Not only is good nutrition good for your body, it’s good for your mind. Your brain needs nutrition too. If you’ve ever felt sluggish, or lack concentration, or just have an overall run-down feeling, it’s probably because you aren’t eating right.

Most foods today are over-processed and packaged—hardly food at all. Even fruits and vegetables have lost some of their nutritional value due to high tech agriculture and the chemicals used to grow them. Buy local produce whenever possible.

Your body needs proper nutrition to run smoothly. Like an automobile, you have to put the right things into your body.

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Tammy Ruggles

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