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Being Healthy is one of our goals in life…be it articulated or internalised – it is true that each one of us want to remain healthy.Always.

Well, then it does help to know what it means to be “healthy”…Is it being free from illness ? or is it the feeling of wellness in our body ? or is it being happy ? or is it being able to survive all the affects of daily life ?

Health as defined by WHO ( World Health Organisation ) stands for (Health is) a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity ( though there are many debates on the merits of this definition and the modifications it needs, I think it is quite a workable one, which pretty much summarily defines health..lets leave the academic portion out !)

The traditional Indian system of Ayurveda, which literally means knowledge / science of life ( ayus in sanskrit means life or length of life and veda is knowledge ), also emphasises on the physical, mental, social and spiritual well- being.

The moment we think of health, we think of food. Before we link both, lets see what food is. Simply put, food is anything that is eaten or drunk by animals, according to the USFDA. Food contains components which provide us energy and help us grow and maintain the body.

We need various nutrients to keep ourselves healthy, and this can be classified into macronutrients and micronutrients. The nutrients that we need in large quantities are called macronutrients and these are carbohydrates, fats and proteins. The nutrients that we need in small quantities are called micronutrients and these are vitamins and minerals.

Carbohydrates and fats provide most of the energy that we need. Proteins also provide energy, but their major role is to provide amino acids to promote growth and repair body tissues. Vitamins, minerals and trace elements ( which the body needs in very small quantities) help to regulate the body processes and are important for other growth and repair functions as well.

In the coming posts, I will try to demystify each of this and then explore to find out the link between all these elements and health.

Disclaimer : I am not a nutritionist, neither have I got any formal education on Health, nutrition or food sciences. All I am trying to do here is help myself, and through that help others understand healthy living and its application in our daily diets. I have tried to refer to as many articles and publications from authoritative sources, however every explanation may not be academically accurate always.

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One Comment

  1. Interesting article Santhi,looking forward to more:)
    thanks Asha…:-)…will try to better it next time..:-)


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