Nutrition is a word that everyone’s heard of, yet not many people fully understand. Nutrition happens differently for every organism, but it’s the science that interprets the nutrients and other substances that gets consumed by the organisms’ body. For humans, most of our nutrients come from food and water, which contributes to maintenance, growth, reproduction and health of elements within the body.
The NHS have created an “Eatwell Guide’ which as the name suggests, is a guide to help people know how much of each category of food they should eat each day. This consists of 1/3 fruit and veg, to the equivalence of 5 a day, 1/3 carbohydrates and starchy food, and 1/6 protein, and the final 1/6th being made up of dairy and fats, such as milk and chocolate. To find out more about these elements of food, you can read our Macros blog which goes into more detail about each category.
One of the biggest reasons why good nutrition is vital for the body is its use within the immune system and fighting off illness, disease and viruses. Nutrition is a critical determining factor of immune responses which sees malnutrition one of the most common cause of immunodeficiency worldwide; simplifying down to meaning that essentially the better the nutritional intake is the stronger the immune system is more than likely going to be, before determining external factors that could also affect the immunity of a person. In the elderly, impaired immunity can be enhanced by modest amounts of a combination of micronutrients, in which these findings have considerable practical and public health significance.There is more to getting good nutrients than just what you eat though, with the liquids and what you drink being just as important, and hydration playing a big part on your body’s health and wellbeing. Hydration is the process of water absorption, and is about how the body uses all of the water it has taken in, internally. Hydration and water in the body are used for many functions, such as regulating temperature and transporting nutrients around the body. So basically, if you don’t have enough water within your body, the nutrients can’t travel and get to the places they need to be, proving just how important it is to get enough water as well as the correct nutrients. Within the Eatwell Guide, it is suggested that you should try and consumer 6-8 glasses of fluid per day as an average, with this increasing when you are doing sports and exercising.
To summarise, nutrition is vital for improving and strengthening your immune system, which in this current time with the current Covid-19 Coronavirus spreading around the globe, is massively important. Here at MyFreshBox, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and if you would like any more information on nutrition and the importance of it, then please feel free to drop us a message on any of our social channels.