THE BENEFITS OF A HEALTHY DIET
A healthy diet not only helps your body feel great, but your mind as well. When you are eating healthily, you tend to have more energy and feel less lethargic and tired. Though it can be challenging, maintaining a healthy diet creates a kind of virtuous ‘feedback loop’: eating right leads to more energy, more energy leads to more activity and more activity leads to a positive, happy, healthy you! Malnutrition can be caused by an unbalanced diet. This can be due to an excess of some dietary components and a lack of others, not just an overall lack of food. Too much of one food type can be as harmful to the body as too little. Deficiency diseases occur when there is a lack of a specific nutrient, although some diet-related disorders are a result of eating in excess. An adequate diet provides sufficient energy for the body to function effectively. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins provide energy. Proteins are a provider of energy in an emergency, but are primarily used as building blocks for growth and repair of body tissues. We also need smaller amounts of other nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. Despite the small quantities needed, these are still essential components of a healthy diet.