You are more than what you eat but the importance of good nutrition in our busy and active lives is often forgotten. Eating is more than a routine and gaining information about what you eat doesn't mean losing the thrills of flavours and tasty treats.
Found in dairy, fish, tofu, legumes and broccoli, calcium is necessary for strong, healthy bones. If you're active, your body's rate of calcium loss will be reduced. Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis. Calcium is also important for the healthy functioning of nerves and muscles.
The body loses around 10 cups of water a day from exercise, sweating and evaporation so it's important to replenish the body's fluids by drinking between one and one and a half litres of water a day. Water regulates the functioning of the body's organs, maintains healthy skin and flushes harmful toxins from the body. Two hours before exercising drink two glasses of fluid to avoid dehydration and during your workout sip water every 15 minutes.
These polyunsaturated fats are the healthy fats found in seafood and several plant oils such as canola, linseed and soy.
Milk, sardines and eggs are good sources of vitamin D, which is important for the balance of calcium in our bones and teeth. Sunlight helps our body absorb Vitamin D.
Meat, grains, nuts, eggs, carrots, ginger and beans are rich sources of zinc required for the development of healthy skin and hormone production.
Found in all foods made from grains (bread, pasta, noodles and cereals) and pulses, fruit, veges, carbohydrates are an important source of energy. Your body breaks down carbohydrates from grains, pulses, fruit and vegetables will lower your risk of health problems.
An essential component in living tissue, protein is found in red meat, chicken, fish, milk, soy and legumes. Protein is made up of amino acids. When we eat foods rich in protein our body uses the amino acids to construct the protein it needs for tissue growth. Protein is important in the diet because it is essential for muscle growth.
Essential for red blood cells and energy production, iron can be found in meat, nuts, eggs and fortified breakfast cereals. Help increase your iron intake by drinking juices incorporating leafy green vegetables.
The proper creation of blood cells, nerve cells and DNA requires vitamin B12 and can be found in meat, eggs, milk and yeast extract. Vegans are particularly susceptible to a vitamin B12 deficiency.
Protecting organs from being damaged by fats and cholesterol, vitamin E is found in seafood, nuts and vegetables. This anti-oxidant attacks free radicals.
Important for the absorption of iron into the body, vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, capsicum, broccoli, spinach and cabbage, important for healthy gums, teeth and bones, vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant combating free-radical activity.
Found in eggs, oily fish and dairy produce, vitamin A is essential for good vision and healthy skin.
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