The importance of a balanced and healthy diet in the life of every human being is often ignored. Why, because not many people realize that by not following a healthy and balanced lifestyle, they suffer sickness during later stages of life, short life span, or fatal diseases early in life.
Importance of a Nutritionist
Proper nutrition is an essential part of a healthy life. A nutritionist or dietician is can be a great guide in following a healthy and balanced lifestyle including healthy diet whether you are perfectly healthy or suffering from a diseases like diabetes. Once you realize that a BMI index and other measurements are important, you will surely consult a dietician/nutritionist for a diet plan. They can evaluate the way you eat, how you eat and what you eat and give you a proper balanced plan and then it is easier for you to make a choice between a healthy living and living on your choice of food.
How a Nutritionist can help?
A nutritionist can initially analyze your daily routine by asking some of the following questions:
How old are you?
What is your height and weight?
What do you follow in your diet plan every day?
The nature of your physical activities and exertion.
What do you like to eat?
What do you not like to eat?
How often you get your blood work done?
How often you donate blood?
They will also get your body nutrients levels checked. For example, mapping out the vitamin deficiencies in the body is one factor that the nutritionist will work on. From the different kinds of questionnaires like the above, the nutritionist will evaluate the total needed macro and micro nutrients required by your body to function properly.
Change in the body nutrition as suggested by your nutritionist may be a little difficult to manage at the start. However, once you get used to it, it will bring good changes in the body like: lower risk of diseases, weight control , change in the growth rate of hair and nails, their overall condition, changes in sleep rate etc.
A General Healthy and Balanced Diet Plan
A healthy and balanced diet suggested by the nutrition may generally cover the following points:
Intake of the amount of milk.
Intake of dry fruits, fruits and vegetables.
When to take meat and white meat.
How balanced one’s diet should be based on natural fruit juices and water intake.
A cut down on trans fats, fatty foods, fried foods, junk/fast food, sugar etc.
The amount of exercise/walk daily as per the body mass index needed.
How much sleep is needed for you.
Adding different activities in your life to stimulate the mind and distraction from any stress/anxiety level you may have. E.g. reading, jogging, playing games that make you physically active and refreshes the brain out of monotonous routine, etc.
A healthy and balanced diet, along with a cut down on carbs and suggested harmful food items by a dietician can run a long way in avoiding risks of sickness and diseases like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and even acute harmful illnesses like cardiovascular diseases and cancer, etc.
Where can you Find Nutritionists/Dieticians?
Good dieticians and nutritionists can be found in hospitals or their clinics, community health centers and even in schools. You can also get advice from online health articles, health blogs and advice on forums and blogs from them as well as consult online medical portals where they can give consultation.