What Is A Balanced Diet?

Eat a balanced diet they say. Ok, but what exactly do they mean by “balanced”?

Diet is your basis

Whatever you do for exercise , you have to remember that your progress and development is
80% dependant on your diet. Your diet is the basis for how your body is able to develop.
Many people do not realize the importance of a well-managed diet and how important it is
to give your body the right nutrition to achieve optimal results.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “balanced diet” but what exactly is a balanced diet?
It’s another way of saying varied diet which means that you’re getting both the vital nutrients, but also other substances
that allow our body to work in the best way.

Heres a  quick summary of  subject groups to follow:

Protein

What you want when you ingest protein is to eat something that contains all the essential amino acids in appropriate proportions.  Chicken, fish and eggs are examples of high-quality protein sources.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the best nutrient to act as fuel for your body and can be divided into
two categories, fast and slow. Fast carbs have a very bad
reputation in recent years thanks to the GI trend that brought upon the country but still has
its place in our diet. Especially if you train hard.
Whole grains and high-fiber foods are good carbohydrates.

Fat

Fats now have a better reputation than before as many people realized how important
fat is for a balanced nutritious diet. The most mentioned fat varieties tend to be
saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated fats like Omega 3 has
a given place in a varied diet. Omega 3’s can be found in fish like salmon. Monounsaturated fats can be found in Avocado or coconut oil.

Vitamins

Vitamin A
Essential for good vision, skin and mucous membranes. Eat dairy products and vegetables to get your A.

Vitamin B
There are 8 B vitamins:

B1: Helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates. In such foods as meat, poultry and seafood.

B2: Helps in the metabolism of energy. Found in Milk and meat.

B3: Important to include cell division. In such food as chicken.

B5: Used for sales of energy. Found in whole grains and bran.

B6: Helps in the turnover of proteins and in cell division. Eat meat and potatoes for your B6.

B7: Helps in the turnover of fats and proteins. In such foods as yolk.

B9: Playing an important role in cell division. In food like whole grains.

B12: Helps in the turnover of proteins and in cell division. In such foods like Meat and poultry.

Vitamin C is
Essential for protecting connective tissue metabolism and is also an antioxidant.
Available in fruits and most vegetables.

Vitamin D
Necessary for the body to absorb calcium. In such food as Fish.
Though the sun gives us vitamin D during the summer.

Vitamin E
Prevents calcification in the bloodstream and blood clots. Also increases the concentration of oxygen in the blood. In such foods as vegetable oils and eggs.

Vitamin K
Helps the blood to clot. Found In such foods as Green vegetables.

Minerals

Phosphorus
Helps in the oxygenation of body tissues. Found in dairy products.

Iron
transports oxygen in the blood. Found in Meat and fish.

Iodine
helps to regulate metabolism. Found in Fish, seafood and dairy products.

Calcium
Plays a major role in our metabolism, 99% of the calcium in our body is in the bones.
Found in milk and cheese.

Potassium
Its biggest task is to maintain the fluid balance in the body. Found in milk and sweet potatoes.

Chlorine
Important for our digestion. In salt.

Copper
Important component in many of our enzymes. In  meat and fish.

Magnesium is
needed for us to grow. Affects the muscles and nervous system. Can be found in meat and poultry.

Manganese
Activates certain enzymes in the body. Helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Found in oatmeal.

Sodium
Together with potassium, sodium maintains our body’s fluid balance.
Affect the secretion of stomach acid to digest food. Found in meat and poultry.

Selenium
Helps protect against free radicals. Found in meat, poultry and milk.

Sulfur
Used in various detoxification processes in the body. Can be found in meat and fish.

Zinc
Used in many different processes in the body including protein synthesis and oxygen turnover.
Available by eating meat, poultry and milk.

Water

No major presentation needed of the most essential substance of all life on earth?
Included in a variety of metabolic processes in our body and is essential
to our survival.

Non-GMO,Organic

Eating organic food can be better for you because you consume less pesticides & herbicides. Avoiding these dangerous toxins is beneficial to having a balanced diet.

Until the proper independent research can prove that GMO food is safe,It would be best to stay away from as much GMO as possible.

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