Importance of Nutrient Density in being Healthy

It is only possible for us to optimize our health when we know the significance of nutritional density as well as calories. This is the measurement for the primary nutrient concentration per given amount of food or calorie, known as nutritional density. To be precise, we should give emphasis to the nutritional values of our foods extensively. Eating a diverse whole foods diet, focusing on veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes, provides all the nutrients needed to aid the myriad of vital biological processes and assist in maintaining good health.

These nutritious foods knock out on a swish level; in fact, it is irreplaceable in supplying the vitamins, minerals (and other vital compounds necessary for our health). Here's why nutrient density matters and why you should pay attention to dense nutrients, which are essential to your health!

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1. Meeting Nutritional Needs: A well-functioning human body is not possible if it is not fed with a diverse range of nutrients. Nutrient-dense foods are exactly what we need to provide these enormous amounts of nutrients. Hence, we continue enjoying the recommended levels of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Unlike processed foods that are low in nutrients, nutrient-rich foods are loaded with nutrition that is essential for the body, so we then easily get the recommended daily amount of vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

2. Energy and Vitality:  Although calories are responsible for the power, nutrient-dense foods are the source of both vitamins and minerals thus the necessary nutrients that virtually contribute to the individual’s well-being and liveliness are provided. Nutrient-packed food introduction is usually accompanied by enhanced vitality and superior mental function.

3. Weight Management: We all know that nutritious foods make us feel fuller much quicker than empty calories, which in turn makes us eat less and long term promotes healthy weight loss. Foods rich in nutrients can be the foundation of building a balanced diet as part of weight management. If we consume wholesome foods with high nutrient content, our bodies tend to feel full and hence, lessen the untimely overeating occasions. It can also help with weight control and avoid weight-related health conditions. This is very important as cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality in the adult population.

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4. Disease Prevention: Berries, and certain vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and spinach hold antioxidants. These antioxidants play a role in checking chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. They control the development of cancer, alter the heart muscle cells and reduce blood sugar levels thus, preventing diabetes. There is substantial evidence that the majority of the nutrients in food items that are nutrient-dense have been associated with reducing the risks of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and even some types of cancers. Such antioxidants, like vitamin C, for instance, give cells great defence against damage and reduce inflammation. 

5. Digestive Health: Dietary fibre-rich nutrient foods are immunity builders, that’s why they keep the digestive system healthy, stool featured and aid a healthy intestinal microbiome. Plant-based foods especially vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains are other than nutrients made up of dietary fibre that improve digestive health. Fibre keeps the intestinal system in a regulated condition, supports a healthy composition of the gut microbiome and reduces the probability of many gastrointestinal health problems.

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6. Strong Immune System: A proper diet including nutritional foods that provide the body with the necessary vitamins and minerals is important for the immune system's good condition which also helps to combat infections and conditions such as flu. Consumption of a minimum quantity of a few essential nutrients in the diet, like vitamins A, C, D and zinc, is an important factor that makes the immune system robust. A working multilayer of defences interconnected by the immune system is what helps the body withstand disease and illness.

7. Skin and Hair Health: These nutrients for instance, vitamins A, C, E, and biotin, are relatively abundant, and act as a conditioner for the skin, hair, and other parts of the body.

8. Longevity: People who have a varied diet take the right balance of nutrients. The effects of the nutrients aid the body in replenishing and healthy upkeep. A well-balanced meal comprising nutrient-rich foods has demonstrated a positive correlation with longer healthy life characteristics, which helps the body to function effectively for repair and replacement purposes.

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Think of eating lots of low-fat, minimally processed foods (if possible, avoid processed foods), including fresh fruits, vegetables, whole-grain cereals, milk, yoghurt, nuts, and seeds. This is the function of 'N' which helps in the increase of nutrient density. Concentrating on nutrient-rich foods is what will make you able to obtain a balanced diet that can feed your body with what it requires to prosper and be healthy.

To summarize, putting every calorie on the same level with nutrient density in mind is the key to nutritional balance, well-being and health. Nutrient-dense foods possess largely all necessary vitamins, minerals, together with other valuable compounds required by the body to properly function. Such foods also enhance the all-around wellness of individuals.

Cheers for your good health!

Neerja Bhatnagar

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