Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said, “Let food by thy medicine”. He was right! The food we eat has a direct effect on our health and wellbeing, either positively or negatively. The science of human nutrition is the study of the relationship between food and the body. We know that the basic function of food is to fuel our body, to give it the energy it needs to stay alive and perform daily tasks. Scientists of nutrition have discovered that foods can be broken down into 3 main food groups or macronutrients. They are, Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate.
They are called ‘macro’ as we need to ingest them in large quantities every day. There is a fourth group called, ‘micronutrients’, which comprises of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, enzymes and phytochemicals. They are called ‘micro’ as we need them daily but only in small minute amounts.
Good food choices mean a healthy, well functioning body. Poor food choices will render the opposite. Nutrition can be the preventative medicine we need. Instead of treating an illness with antibiotics and other medicines, why not have our bodies so well nourished and our immune systems so effective that we don’t get sick at all. Eat well, be well and enjoy a well functioning body, through sound nutritional practices.