Keeping Nutrition in Mind

Nutrition is one of the most basic factors to think about when choosing which foods to eat. With that being said, it can be difficult to figure out which foods are nutritious and which are just filler. March is Nutrition Awareness Month, so let Heartland give you some tips!

Nutrition basics

All of the various vitamins and minerals your body needs can be found in food. If you’re able to keep up a balanced diet, you’ll decrease your chances of disease, you’ll feel fuller and your overall health will be high.

If you don’t keep up a balanced diet, you’ll develop a deficiency, and you’ll need to work with your doctor to alter your diet, or start taking some sort of supplement.

Nutrition by color

One of the simplest ways to make sure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs is to make sure you’re eating a variety of colors. There are always exceptions, but generally, the more your plate looks like a rainbow, the better off you are.

The substances that give food its color are also usually nutritious, and can even prevent cancer and heart disease. That means filling your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables can go a long way toward a healthier life.

Craving calcium

Calcium is a popular mineral today, since it’s linked to weight loss. Studies have shown that eating calcium-rich foods can boost your metabolism, which helps you lose more pounds.

Calcium also helps strengthen your teeth and bones, and prevents osteoporosis. That’s why it’s good to eat calcium-rich foods like dairy, dark leafy greens and fortified cereals.

A better pill to swallow

While they’re not a substitute for a balanced diet, supplements can help round out a healthy diet. Even the best meal plans can fall short, so using a supplement can help you get over that hurdle. Daily supplements can also help you reduce your risk of chronic disease.

If you do start taking supplements, make sure they contain no more than 100% of the recommended dietary allowance. And remember, it’s always better to get your nutrients from your diet, not a pill.