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Why is eating a healthy, balanced diet so important to the body?

I’ll keep it short. 1. You need to satisfy your vitamin, mineral and fat requirements. Without these components, your body can not function adequately (Many enzymes derive essential components in dietary vitamins and minerals. Fat is essential to make lipid based hormones). A disease caused by the lack of something is known as a “deficiency” disease. 2. What you eat can determine your mood. E.g. Consuming chocolate late at night can make you restless due to its caffeine content. This can have a profound impact on your decisions throughout your day, and if compounded for several weeks or even months, you may notice a genuine reduction in quality of life. Finally there are the obvious risks of weight gain in for those in a caloric surplus. A diet exceedingly rich in any one macro (fat/protein/carb) is usually associated with one disease or another. What do we learn? Moderation is key.

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A well-balanced diet provides all of the energy you need to keep active throughout the day nutrients you need for growth and repair, helping you to stay strong and healthy and help to prevent diet-related illness, such as some cancers. Keeping active and eating a healthy balanced diet can also help you to maintain a healthy weight. Deficiencies in some key nutrients - such as vitamin A, B, C and E, and zinc, iron and selenium - can weaken parts of your immune system.

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Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. By giving your child a healthy balanced diet, you are ensuring that they are getting all the essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that children need for healthy growth and development. Certain nutrients are required for a variety of reasons. Some nutrients worth noting are: This is just a small list of important nutrients and their uses in the body. You can see that children will need foods that give them all these nutrients for their growth and development. Calcium and Vitamin D: Essential for the normal growth and development of bones in children. Iron: Supports normal cognitive development in children. Vitamin D: Helps support the immune system. Omega-3 DHA supports normal brain function. This is just a small list of important nutrients and their uses in the body. You can see that children will need foods that give them all these nutrients for their growth and development.

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