Monday, 10 February 2014

Eat for a better you

A clean face, a well groomed hair, an impeccable complexion, these are some of the things women spend a lot of time and money caring about. Although it may come across as vain, these things actually make a woman feel comfortable in her skin. However, although what you put on your skin will make you look good, what you put into your skin will definitely make you feel better. Proper nutrition is something that cannot be 
over emphasised.

A woman will go through many changes in her lifetime especially when she hits puberty and when she starts bearing children. Women have to take care of the house, the children and even the husband. This requires a lot of energy if stress is to be avoided. Eating right is a good way to avoid such stress or keep them to a minimum. Eating right may not necessarily entail spending a lot of money. Sometimes the very cheap food 
stuff around us can really serve to balance the diet.

By eating right, you will not only increase your chance of maintaining a healthy body weight; you will also be reducing the chances of infection by chronic illnesses. It is important not to get confused with all the information that can be found around. In truth, what may work for one woman may not work for another.  All that is needed is an understanding of the different food types ranging from carbohydrates, protein to fats.
Carbohydrates are the source of energy in the body. Given that women need a lot of energy to carry out their daily responsibilities, it is important to incorporate carbohydrates into the diet. Carbohydrates can be gotten from potatoes, rice and many other tubers that available at relatively cheap costs. Most of the body is made up of proteins and these proteins are eventually broken down. Such lost proteins need to be replaced 
and this can be done by eating foods like meat, fish, beans and poultry.

Another important part of a diet is vitamins that have very special functions. For example, a vitamin like vitamin D will help the body to absorb the need amount of calcium. Vitamins can be gotten from a variety of foods including fruits. Fats are another type of food and although they are important to maintain bodily function, they should be consumed in moderation. Some fats are considered healthier than others but instead 
of cutting them out of your diet, it is better to be informed so as to make healthy choices.

Although the world may tell you that looking good means slapping packs of foundation on your face, nothing can ever replace a balance diet. While foundation may cover some blemishes, a good diet may even help prevent these blemishes. Whatever the case, always try to get the best food around and eat as much as you can of the fruits that are in season. A balance diet is more than food to fill the stomach, it is nourishment.  No matter how busy you think you are, take time to chew your food and enjoy every meal. As much as you can, try to avoid too much sugar or salt.

By Nwana Helen

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