What does health mean to you?

What does health mean to you?


Does it mean having energy, looking good, or merely performing everyday activities and being free from illness? Health can mean so many different things, that's why I never like to narrow it down to one single meaning. As a student, we are so busy with life, health can sometimes be the least of our worries. But I think it should be one of your main priorities. Without a healthy mind, you will not be able to academically excel.

Without a healthy body, you will lack the energy to work 30 hours a week whilst passing your exams. You see health is not all about how you look its truly about how you feel. Poor nutrition is such a public health issue. A critical time of life for food choice is when people step out independently for the first time and begin to make all of their own food decisions.


For many people, this is the transition to college life. The transition to college or university is a critical period for young adults, who are often facing their first opportunity to make their own food decisions.


It is shown by research that the most important factors predicting food selection among adults are: taste, cost, nutrition, convenience, pleasure, and weight control, in that order (Glanz, Basil, Maibach, Goldberg, & Snyder 1998) It is worrying to know that taste and coast comes before nutrition. In my personal opinion nutrition should be at the top of your list. If something does not consist of Macronutrients and Micronutrients, why put it in your body.


You do not benefit from processed junk, artificial colouring/ flavours, and saturated fats. So what are Macronutrients and Micronutrients? Macronutrients The three macronutrients all have their own specific roles and functions in the body and supply us with calories and energy. Our body requires these nutrients to develop, grow and repair, especially if we exercise regularly.

Nearly all foods consist of all three macros; Protein, carbohydrates and fats but each food have a different quantity. You need to be able to balance these macronutrients.


An example is that avocado's nutritional values are generally made up of 75% fats (unsaturated), 20% carbohydrates, and 5% protein.

Avocados are high fat (good fat) food. Compare this with the macros of a banana which consists of 95% carbohydrates, with only small amounts of protein and fats.

As you can see, different foods are comprised of other pieces, but you need to understand how different foods play a different role in the body and tailor your diet accordingly. Macronutrients are commonly known as “macros†if you need help with a personalised meal plan head on over to my website for a four-week plan.


There are three different macronutrients Protein The recommended daily intake of between 10% - 35% of calories should come from Protein. Every cell in the human body contains Protein - it is a significant part of the skin, muscles and organs. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are the macronutrient that we need in the most considerable amounts.


The recommended daily intake of between 45% and 65% of calories should come from carbohydrates. Fats A recommended daily intake of 20% - 35% of calories should come from fat. Do not be afraid of fat; there are healthy fats and unhealthy fats.


Good sources of unsaturated fats include Sunflower, rapeseed, olive and vegetable oils, and spreads made from these oils (so long as they have not been hydrogenated) Avocados Nuts and seeds Oily fish, such as mackerel, salmon or trout "these are an excellent source of omega-3 Micronutrients Micronutrients, are comprised of vitamins and minerals which are required in small quantities to ensure normal metabolism, growth and physical well being. Vitamins These are essential organic nutrients, most of which are not made in the body, or only in insufficient amounts, mainly obtained through food. When their intake is inadequate, vitamin deficiency disorders are the consequence. Although vitamins are only present and required in minute quantities, they are as vital to health and need to be considered when determining nutrition security compared to the macronutrients. Minerals These are inorganic nutrients that also play a crucial role in ensuring health and well†being.


They include the trace elements copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc and the macro elements calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. As with vitamins, minerals are found in small quantities within the body, and they are obtained from a wide variety of foods. As you can see, our bodies require both macronutrients and micronutrients to sustain a healthy body and mind. You need to make sure your diet consists of these different factors to optimise your results, whether physically or mentally. A good diet will help keep your memory and brain sharp.

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