Health Nutrition And Fitness
Jun 29th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Health Nutrition And Fitness

Health, nutrition and fitness are the three interrelated areas that determine an individual's sense of happiness and well being.

 

Health

 

Health involves the physical, mental and spiritual levels of the individual.  A physically healthy person is one who can carry out normal daily physical activities and respond to emergencies with out undo fatigue or pain. The health part of health, nutrition and fitness is achieved through a balanced program of good nutrition, healthy physical activity, continuous education and mental activities, and social and spiritual activities.  Your choices of the food you eat and your physical activities affect both your short term and long term health (how you feel now and in the future).  You may be getting plenty to eat, but if it is not a proper balance of choices from all five of the basic food groups you may be adding fat to your body without generating the energy to burn the calories and energy to the cells to carry out their functions.  Healthy physical activity helps burn off any excess calories you consume, and keeps muscles and joints flexible and strong.  Your efforts of continued education (reading, attending seminars, as well as attending formal education classes), and spiritual activities (social activities, attending devotional services, meditation, etc) provides you with a sense of accomplishment and well being.

 

An important part of good health is being physically fit and maintaining proper body weight.  Maintaining good health requires following a nutritional diet, and exercising to build and maintain muscles, and to burn of any excess calories.

 

Nutrition

The nutritional health part of health, nutrition and fitness deals with the food we consume to maintain our health and provide energy to carry on our daily lives.  Nutrition is the process of nurturing or being nourished; the total of all the processes that a plant or animal uses to take in and process food substances to maintain a healthy life.

 

A healthy nutrition life style requires a balanced diet of food selected from the five basic food groups, fruits, vegetables, naturally calcium rich dairy products or calcium enriched products, whole grains, and protein (lean meat fish, peas and beans).  Other nutritional factors should also be considered.  Most fruits and vegetables are better if they are consumed raw because heating destroys some of the healthy nutrients.  Steaming and broiling food is better than boiling or frying foods.  Preparing fresh fruits and vegetables is better than processed or prepared foods.  The prepared foods generally contain more salt (sodium) than necessary and other flavor enhancing substances.  Some of these additives do not add any nutritional value to the food and may even be harmful to your health.

 

More nutritional factors to consider are the variety of the fruits and vegetables in our diet.  Nutritional data shows that dark green vegetables (romaine lettuce, kale, broccoli, etc.), and orange vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and summer squash) provides more nutritional value than some of the less colorful vegetables.

 

Here are even more nutrition facts.  Some foods contribute to burning fat.  Green tea contributes to fat burning by increasing the body's metabolism and increasing energy level.  Foods high in protein are more difficult to digest so they require more calories in the digestive process.

 

Good nutrition practices may not be sufficient for some people they may require unique supplements such as CoEnzimeQ10 or others.

Physical Fitness

 

Physical fitness part of fitness, health and nutrition is the ability to carry out daily activities, enjoy leisure activities and have a healthy immune system to resist disease and infection.  Developing and maintaining good physical fitness requires a balance of good nutrition and varied physical exercise.

 

There are there elements to physical fitness: specific fitness the ability to perform daily functions related to work or recreation, general fitness the ability to enjoy leisure time and a sense of peace with the environment, preparedness the ability to over come or avoid emergencies.  There also three factors in achieving good physical fitness good nutrition, physical exercise and restful (sleep).  The nutrition maintains the health of the cells and provides the energy to perform the exercises.

 

Physical exercise may be used to accomplish work to earn a living, participate in athletic events, develop and maintain healthy cardiovascular system, or control body weight.

 

Physical fitness and how physical fitness is achieved varies depending on individual.  If a person is involved in an occupation that requires vigorous activity and has good nutrition possibly no other exercise is needed to maintain a fit body.  However, even people who are who work hard at their occupation may need additional cardiovascular exercise to keep their heart and blood vessels in optimum condition.

 

People whose profession does not require vigorous physical exercise special effort is required to achieve and maintain physical fitness.  A good nutritional diet is the obvious starting point.  Some easy things are use stairs rather than elevators, park a little farther from the office or store entrance, throw away the television remote, change channels the old fashion way, and walk to near by offices or neighbors rather than using the telephone.

 

These efforts will help, but more vigorous physical exercise is needed for good physical fitness.  For cardiovascular health a routine of physical exercise over a period a minimum of 20 minutes three times per week is required. The best and generally most convenient cardiovascular exercise is walking.  Another good cardiovascular exercise is swimming.  Swimming will also help in building and toning muscles.

 

The other factor in developing and maintaining physical fitness is strength exercise to build and tone muscle and to burn fat.  Strength exercises are good for weight management because they stimulate muscle growth even after the exercise has been completed. This means that the body continues to burn fat for an extended period of time.

 

 

Mental Health

Mental health, as it applies to health nutrition and fitness, is the way we think, how we feel and how we act as we interact with our surroundings.  Our mental health contributes to our relations with other people, how we make decision, make choices and how we cope with stress.  People with good mental health are able to control their emotions, feelings and behavior.   Keeping the mind active through reading, playing games, and an active social life contributes to good mental health.

 

Spiritual Health

Spirituality can be defined as sensitivity or attachment to religion, or as a state condition of being spiritual.  Some people ignore or overlook the importance of spirituality in relation to health nutrition and fitness, because they relate spirituality only to religion.  Through out history man has struggled with the concept of spirituality.  Basically spirituality is the struggle to become the most perfect person or individual.  The path to achieve this goal may be through seeking external help through religion of some form, or internal through meditation and study of both present and past human interactions.

 

The above is based on personal study, experiences and observations through out my life.

James E. Smith

Jim is a retired electronics engineer.  He has been interested in health, nutrition and fitness for over 30 years.  See his website:  http://www.jemssolution.com

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Including Fasting In Your Diet – Is It Safe?
Jul 5th, 2010 by samfrea

Fasting for weight loss is an attractive option for many people for several reasons such as quick weight loss and detoxification. There are several ways to go about a fasting weight loss program: restricting all foods and having a totally liquid diet, restricting foods only on certain days, or restrict certain food groups for a specific period of time. Some of them are marked as fad diet because it offer fast result but it is very difficult to keep the weight off once you start eating a normal diet again.

Is a fasting diet a safe way to lose weight? It is depends on many factors; people with certain health issues such as cancer, diabetes, liver, kidney, or lung disease are not advised to do this kind of program. Pregnant and lactating women are not recommended either, since it can harm both the mother and the baby in various ways. For women who want to lose weight after pregnancy, check how you can do it without harming yourself or the baby at how to lose pregnancy weight.

Otherwise, if you think that you have a fit body, just go for it; one day fast is unlikely to cause any harm to a healthy body, even a little longer fast is still tolerable if you have a fit body.

If you do have a plan to starting a fasting weight loss program then you needs to prepare yourself properly, both body condition and lifestyle; depend on what type of fasting you will go through. Whether you're planning a short fast (anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks) or a long fast (lasting more than 3 weeks), there are some things you need to keep in mind before you start:

1. If you are doing heavy physical activity in regular basis, you might want to stop it while in the program since it can cause headaches and other side effects.

2. Prior to fasting slowly decrease the amount of canned and processed foods you eat; also decrease your consumption of cigarettes, salt, refined sugar and other foods that can cause food allergies. Cut them off completely all of a sudden will result in headaches, stomachaches, and other discomfort.

3. Before you begin your fast, start decreasing your portion sizes and increasing the amount of time between meals. That way, it will be easier during the fast to control your hunger.

4. Make sure you have a thorough knowledge of what you should be doing during the fast. Keep remind yourself of the cause and goals of the project, this will help you to stay away from any desire to quit halfway.

5. If you are under 18 or have any chronic health issues make sure to consult your doctor before you start.

Usually, this type of fasting can help you lose weight quickly as well as detoxify your body. For a 'short complete fasting', you should repeat it periodically until you get the results that you want. Remember NOT to extend it more than recommended. Check my recommendation for this type of fasting at lose weight in a week - how to do it. For an extended fast, you should only do it under a doctor supervision.

Another variety is the 'short fast'; it will last only 1 or 2 days. It's difficult to use this type of fast and really achieve good results, thus only a few diet programs can do it. Personally, I’m recommend this type more since it is not difficult to do and doesn’t generate side effects like a longer fasting do.

Fasting for weight loss has many variations, benefits, and consequences. However, an expert dietitian can include fasting to achieve fast weight loss without making the user sacrificing his body fitness, thus the user can still do his daily activities. My top recommendation for fasting diet is a well designed and easily implemented 'short fast' type; check it at Eat Stop Eat review.

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