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In the United States, 92% of the population suffers from at least one mineral or vitamin deficiency. That means that 92% of Americans don’t get the nutrition they need. March marks National Nutrition Month, and Friday would like to help you fill in gaps so that you aren’t part of that figure.
What IS Nutrition?
Simply put, nutrition is what you need to eat to grow and stay healthy. Certain foods contain ingredients that help us meet our needs and various essentials. Adding these foods to your diet can provide your body with everything it needs to thrive – from giving you energy to lowering the risk for diseases. Nutrition has many aspects, from calories to fiber to protein to sugars. All these things are necessary (though some in moderation) to keep you going.
Tips for a Healthy and Balanced Diet
Now that you know what nutrition is, the next thing to consider is how to get your body the amounts it needs to function at its top shape. The exact answer is different for every person, depending on deficiencies, age, sex, and more, but here are some general tips.
- Eat a variety. As previously stated, our bodies need all sorts of ingredients to keep going. It’s OK to have sugar and other frowned-upon snacks (such as potato chip), and you need fruits, veggies, protein (meat or otherwise), and more.
- Limit your sugary drink intake. Most of us enjoy sodas and other sweetened drinks, and you don’t have to cut them out completely, but it is good to limit the amount you drink. Most Americans consume one or more sugary drinks in a day. Try to cut down to every other day or less instead. Other options include water, unsweetened teas, sparkling water, and coffee.
- Snack on nuts and seeds. These are super nutritious and contain good fats. This can help you lose weight and reduce the risk of 2 diabetes and heart disease.
- Avoid processed foods. We know that they’re yummy, and you don’t have to cut them out completely, but reducing the number of things like snack cakes, fast food, frozen meals, canned foods, and chips can give your health an extra boost.
- Keep hydrated. Staying hydrated keeps your body functioning. Drinking water is the best way to fill this bodily request. The amount you should drink, but you should drink about 2.7 liters or more on average.
- Use extra virgin olive oil when you cook. A lot of the oils we use to cook contain a lot of trans fats. These types of fats aren’t good for you. Instead of other types of vegetable or canola oil, try to always use extra virgin olive oil, which is full of heart-healthy fats instead. This simple change can help make many of the things you cook healthier.
- Add multivitamins where you’re lacking. There are many multivitamins and specific types of vitamins like Vitamin D that you can add to your diet to give the extra boost you may need. Note that you should talk to your doctor before adding anything to your diet. There will be charges associated with taking a vitamin deficiency test using your Friday plan.
Friday values making sure you’re the healthiest you can be. While we don’t offer any direct benefits for your nutritional balance for most people, we do offer diet counseling for adults at a higher risk for chronic disease. Be sure to talk to your doctor about nutrition and what they recommend. Don’t forget to contact our friendly Care Crew if you have any questions about your plan’s coverage and the costs you may face. You can call a number here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.