Our bodies contain similar nutrients to the food we eat. Therefore, depending on what kind of food we are consuming and the contents of that food, we are affecting our nutrient levels and over all, our health. This is one of the major reasons  why  you should  be watchful  of what you eat. 


It is very  important for you to eat good food so as to stay fit and healthy. 


Let food be thy medicine. Once food becomes your medcine, your kitchen becomes your hospital and your refrigerator becomes your medicine cabinet. 


It is very important  to note that there is no universal  balanced diet for all individuals. A growing child requires more growth promoting materials. A peasant farmer needs more energy-yielding carbohydrates than a sedentary office worker. This means in a house the father, mother and the children have different requirements. But then, it has not convenient to prepare different meals for different family members.  Luckily, we often can prepare samd meal for all, except those that require special medical and nutritional attention. 



Nutrition is not static. Our Nutrition should differ from our forefathers because our lifestyle is different from theirs. They were mostly farmers, burning energy in trekking, having more diversity of food than us and thereby having less nutrient deficiency than us. 

If is very important for us to adjust our diet to meet our own circumstances. Nutrition is not just about eating, it is learning how to live. It is a lifestyle.

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What you eat affect your health

Nutrition as a major factor of healthy living



You are what you eat, therefore whatever you eat is a major determinant of how long you will live and if you will live happily.

Have you ever wondered why past generations lived longer than the present generation?
The major reason is because they paid more attention to ”Farmacy rather than Pharmacy”. It is really disheartening to know that people will rather take supplements to boost their health not aware that what you eat determine your health.

Does that that mean that nature is not smart enough to make every meal you consume contain the right nutrient that is needed to keep you healthy and fit?

Health will never be found in a pill and immunity will never be found in a needle. You are not sick because you have a pharmaceutical deficiency in your body,you are ill because what you eat is what you are.

It is very much important that you balance acidic foods like redefined carbs,dairy and meat to support healthy digestion and immune system.

As we all know, our immune system is what keeps us going. Therefore,we have to pay detailed attention to what we take into our body system so as to make us perform ultimately and prevent diseases in the long run.

Questions like what particular food will boost your immune system may come to your mind.


Not at all, no single food will boost your immune system. What counts is a balanced diet. Therefore,you have to eat across all classes of food.

A plant based diet rich in rich in fiber and plenty of vegetables, legumes,grains and fruits appears to be very beneficial.
You do not necessarily have to go outside your budget to boost your immune system. Here is a list of food items you can add to your grocery list when next you are going for shopping.
  • Carrots
 

 Carrots have high vitamin C content, which help your body fight free radicals, cell damage, and inflammation. The vitamin c in carrot juice serves as a very good immune booster.
  • Ginger and Garlic

Garlic has high concentration of allicin which boost the immune system. Ginger on the other hand,helps in decreasing inflammation and shaogals in ginger root will help to relieve a sore throat quickly, and they also kill rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place.

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  • Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits are one of the major sources of vitamin C which increases the production of white blood cell. Citrus fruits includes orange, tangerine,lime, lemon and many others.
Proper nutrition is important to make you live longer and healthier As what you eat determine your health.
Remember, eating right is a a great start to protect you and your family members, thereby making you live longer and happier.
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National Eat Your Vegetables Day, 2020

Every June 17th has been set aside as National Eat your Vegetables day, so whether you are a lover of vegetables, a vegetarian or you don’t love vegetables at all this is for you to have fun with a couple of vegetables.
As side from today, it is very important to include vegetables in your meal. so why not change your mind from making your meal look boring and give it a pop of color. As they say, nature is beautiful so why not let the beauty of nature lead you to place of healthy diet. Often overlooked as simply a side to a meal, vegetables are food’s thankless heroes. They add an array of colors and textures to brighten any plate, elevating the most simple presentation.



Vegetables can be consumed in so many ways, they could either be eaten in their raw form, served as salads in form of side dishes or even consumed as soup. Whatever form your vegetable is consumed does not really matter. All that mater is that it is consumed.

Benefits of Eating  Colorful Vegetables

There are so many benefits attached to eating colorful vegetables aside from the beautiful presentation style it adds to your meal.

  • RED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES



Nutrition research shows that red and bright pink fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, such as lycopene and anthocyanins. Phytochemicals, substances found only in plants, help your body fight disease and promote good health. Examples of red vegetables includes Beets, Blood oranges, Cherries, Cranberries, Guava, Papaya, Pink grapefruit, Pink/Red grapefruit,Raspberries, Red apples, Red bell peppers, Red chili peppers, Red grapes, Red onions, Red pears, Red peppers, Strawberries, Tomatoes, and Watermelon.

BENEFITS OF EATING RED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

  • Red color in most fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis, hypertension and high cholesterol.
  • They  lower the risk of developing different types of cancer, including prostate cancer and protect against heart diseases and improve brain function.

  • GREEN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Green fruits and vegetables include spinach,broccoli,asparagus,peas,avocado,green apples,green grapes,limes.
BENEFITS OF EATING GREEN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
  • Green vegetables and fruits are rich in fiber, folate, potassium and vitamins A, C, E and K. Some of the key phytonutrients in green produce are isothiocyanate, lutein, zeaxanthin, isoflavones and EGCG. 
  • They support arterial function and cell, lung and vision health.

  • WHITE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES



White fruits and vegetables includes Bananas, Brown pears, Cauliflower, Dates, Garlic, Ginger,Kohlrabi, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Shallots, Turnips, White Corn, White nectarines, and White peaches

BENEFITS OF EATING WHITE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

  • White fruits and vegetables contain nutrients known to lower the level of bad cholesterol in your body as well as lower high blood pressure
  •  They also have a great immune boosting effect on your body.
  • Nutrients found in white fruits and vegetables minimize the risk of colon, prostate and breast cancer as well.

  • YELLOW AND ORANGE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES



Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables includes Apricots, Butternut squash, Cantaloupe, Cape Gooseberries, Carrots, Golden kiwifruit, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mangoes, Nectarines, Oranges, Papayas, Peaches, Pineapples, Pumpkin, Rutabagas, Sweet corn, Sweet potatoes, Tangerines, Yellow apples, Yellow beets, Yellow figs, Yellow pears, Yellow peppers



BENEFITS OF EATING YELLOW AND ORANGE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
  • The vegetable is high in vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, magnesium, fiber, riboflavin, phosphorus, and potassium. That’s a serious nutritional power-packed veggie. 
  • Yellow squash is also rich in manganese. This mineral helps to boost bone strength and helps the body’s ability to process fats and carbohydrates.
Let the fresh fruits and vegetables be your guide, and make something that will keep for the whole week.They say that vegetable food is not sufficiently nutritious. But chemistry proves the contrary. So does physiology. So does experience.Remember, the largest and strongest animals in the world are those which eat no flesh-food of any kind – the elephant and the rhinoceros. Therefore, this should be a motivation to us all that we should not only eat vegetables today, but we should make it our lifestyle. Once again,Happy National Eat Vegetables Day to you all.



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How a Healthy Diet Will Save Your Life From Diseases


Healthy cooking they say is a preventive medicine, with the wrong diet no medicine can help and with the right diet, no medicine is necessary. Why not let food be thy preventive medicine rather than curative.

What is Nutrition? 

Nutrition is the process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and for replacement of tissues. The science or study that deals with food and nourishment, especially in humans. A source of nourishment; food. Nutrition also focuses on how people can use dietary choices to reduce the risk of disease, what happens if a person has too much or too little of a nutrient, and how allergies work. Nutrients provide nourishment. Proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water are all nutrients.

Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health. Eating the wrong types of food gives your body improper instructions, which can lead to ill health and disease. Your body uses the protein you eat to build muscle, repair damaged tissue, form immune and blood cells, make hormones, and synthesize enzymes.


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Would you rather be sick and seek curative measures rather than prevent it at all?

Why not decide to save yourself the stress of excessive spending and the grievous pain as a result of the of the sickness, disease and medical status in general and make your diet your preventive medicine.

Like the Yoruba’s will say ‘OJU A PA OLE DA BI ARA’  that is to say, no matter how much you spend on rejuvenating yourself  or to maintain your health and how close you are to your dietitian or even your doctor, your body system will definitely not function as it was originally. So why not make healthy eating habit your lifestyle as a means of preventive medicine rather that a curative one.

A healthy diet life style serves as a preventive medicine rather curative medicine. This is because eating healthy does not have any form of negative side effect that will result you being placed on a therapeutic diet.  According to history, it stated that Adam ate fruits and vegetables six times daily. Looking back in time, this shows that God created fruit and vegetables to serve a preventive function rather than curative.

As a result of what I have said, if your diet is whole, there is high tendency that you would never be diabetic, this is because nature is so smart that it puts medicine in every single meal you consume.

I am very sure everyone prefers to be happy and healthy and be able to eat anything their taste buds crave for once in a while even when eating healthy, than to be totally restricted from what you love eating.

Researches have proved that patients have suffered a lot of psychological breakdown during curative process. This is because they are not only fighting the disease for a stable health condition but also a fighting an addiction. For example a person who consumes about four bottle of soft drink a day, now diagnosed of High sugar level, will have to fight both the medical condition and the addiction which can bring about a psychological effect if not properly  managed. 

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Aside from the psychological effect, it is more cost effective to make nutrition your preventive medicine rather than curative.  Looking at It, is very much pocket friendly to eat healthy at the preventive stage rather than at the curative stage. I know a lot of may claim that eating healthy daily maybe kind of expensive compared eating randomly daily, but I am of the opinion that that ideology is all wrong .This is because at this stage you are still preventing compared to when you are curing that can emergency or crises  could occur anytime. This way, you are spending less when preventing a disease compared to when you are placed on a therapeutic diet. Your diet is a bank account, good food choices are good investment. Remember that an apple a day keeps the Doctor away.

‘Health is wealth’ when an individual eats healthily, for example cost of okra and cucumbers that is in season now, it can control blood sugar compared to the cost of insulin, hospitalization or even amputation due to diabetic sour. So you don’t have to spend excessive in eating healthy as it seems. All you have to do is eat the fruits that is in season, that way you are saving cost and eating healthy, thereby preventing diseases in the long run.

So why not prevent the regrets or the statement ‘HAD I KNOWN’ and not let your situation to be like the adage that says ‘from the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health’ so take the bold step of making nutrition a life style and a preventive medicine, rather than a curative medicine. Remember life does not have duplicate and you can only live once, so take care of yourself, be healthy and believe you can be successful in anything you truly want. Let’s not forget that health is the real wealth and not pieces of silver and gold. If you keep good food in your fridge, you will definitely eat good food.

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Do you dislike drawing soup? The 8 health benefits of taking Okra soup
Okra is a funny little green vegetable with a funny little name. A small, spear-shaped green veggie with a mild taste, okra resembles a pepper and has been cultivated as a food source for hundreds of years.
Here are the benefits of taking okra soup

1. It keeps you feeling full
Okra’s dietary fiber helps you feel full for longer, which will keep you from snacking on those stray potato chips after dinner.

2. It’s great for your digestion
The fiber is the main factor here again. High fiber content is great for the digestive tract and keeps you going more regularly. This not only helps keep your weight down, but makes you healthier over all.

3. It’s a low calorie food
It’s always nice when a food can satisfy your hunger and help you stay trim. The low caloric count of okra means you can definitely scoop another spoonful onto your dish and still see the numbers go down on the scale.

4. It’s a diuretic
That means it helps the body detoxify itself and helps you shed excess water weight. A great weapon in your arsenal for de-bloating!

5. It boosts the immune system
The healthy fiber in okra feeds much-needed good bacteria in our intestines, which builds our immunity against viruses and infection.

6. It supports fertility and healthy pregnancy
The high amount of folates in okra are especially important in a pre-conception diet as it “decreases the incidence of neural tube defects in offspring“. Likewise, eating more folates during the pregnancy helps support a healthy mom and baby.

7. It stabilizes blood sugar levels
Okra’s fiber content is also responsible for slowing down the rate of sugar absorption in the digestive tract.

8. It helps prevent diabetes
Research has shown that in addition to its stabilizing effects on blood sugar, okra actually reduces blood sugar levels and could be an option for diabetes prevention

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