Health is the ability of individuals or communities to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental or social challenges. Individual health is of great importance to have a better quality of life. Individuals should achieve healthier lifestyles to improve the current and future level of our health. One of the best aspects of health care is to emphasize first prevention. Prevention is one of the few most known ways to reduce demand and aged care services. As what most of the people says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
FAIRBANKS — It’s a commonly held belief that eating healthy is expensive, but focusing only on the costs of food at a meal and not the value of a healthy diet in a lifetime, misses the bigger picture. This March which is known to be as the National Nutrition Month, it’s time for us to take examine our diets and make positive changes to improve our health through more nutritious choices. Healthy diet is important to have a healthy lifestyle and not prone to whatever kinds of diseases. Less healthy choices of foods cost us in medical costs, productivity and even loss of life. The Department of Health and Human Services says unhealthy eating and lack of movement are one of the factors which can leads to the deaths of between 310,000 and 580,000 people each year.
The USDA says good choices of food could prevent an expenditure of $71 billion. However, most nutritionists believe this number far underestimates actual costs, because it only considers diet related heart disease, stroke and cancer. There are many other diet-related diseases that aren’t counted in this number. Osteoporosis costs $14 billion and obesity costs $117 billion. Such a diet contributes to four of the six leading causes of death and increases the risk of numerous diseases, including: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, stroke, osteoporosis, and many cancers (colon, prostate, mouth, throat, esophagus, lung, stomach).
There is so much information available on how to have a nutritious diet. The problem is some of the information that is put up on the web which are access by people may or may not be true. For us to enable to choose better and healthier foods, we should increase the fruits and vegetables we are taking each day. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and have many beneficial nutrients. We should count on those with the highest nutrient. Choose whole foods like potatoes rather than potato chips or an apple rather than an apple juice. It doesn’t matter if you choose meat or vegetable sources, just make sure you get enough protein. Protein is the building block for cells in our body.
We should also consider all beverages that we are about to take because most of this provide almost 20 percent of the calories in the average American’s diet. Many drinks are loaded up with extra calories, fats and sugar. That’s why we need to have careful choices to increase nutritional content and decrease all the extra calories. We should increase our consumption of water. It is required for our body to drink at least one half to 1 ounce of water per pound. If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink between 75 (a little more than 2 quarts plus 1 cup) and 150 ounces (1 gallon and 3 cups) per day. Not only water but we also need milk to provide our body of high levels of calcium we should decrease sodas, sugar-sweetened drinks and high-sugar juices.
Get over the idea that there are good and bad foods. Instead, group foods as sometimes and all times foods. Items like fruits, vegetables, nuts and high-quality protein are all time foods. Get a wide variety of foods. You are far more likely to get the nutrients you need by varying your diet. A varied diet also will fight off boredom, which can derail the best laid plans. We need to invest our time and dollars in a nutritious diet and make positive steps to health.