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Nutrition is a Key to Wellness
Nutrition affects many aspects of your health. Some of the diseases and conditions affected by nutrition are gastroenterological, autoimmune, neurological, cardiovascular, and orthopedic. Nutritional imbalances can affect your body in many ways. The following are some of the key factors to consider.
Amino acids are integral to healthy body chemistry. They serve as the body's basic building blocks and are responsible for the production of bone and muscle. Balance is critical for proper nerve function, metabolism, detoxification, and digestion. When certain amino acids are too high or low, they can cause fatigue, increased cardiovascular risk, and impair mood and cognitive function. One identified, imbalances can be corrected, helping to prevent many chronic illnesses before they can cause severe and lasting damage.
Fatty acids are essential to the construction of cell membranes. Too little or too much fat can cause health problems. Reduced levels of certain fats can result in depression, hyperactivity, numbness, and tingling in the hands and feet, as well as early senility. In addition, pregnant and lactating mothers should have their fatty acids tested to ensure their children receive the fats needed for proper brain and nerve development. Measurement is the only means to determine
Minerals in our body serve two functions: one being that they are the building blocks, second being that they are regulators of our body's processes. Many of these minerals are derived from your diet, and sometimes minerals are added to your diet as supplements. Some minerals can be toxic. Magnesium, copper and manganese are beneficial. If proper amounts are not obtained, problems such as joint paint, weight problems, depressed libido, depression, or anxiety can occur. On the other hand, exposure to lead, arsenic or other heavy metals can be harmful, causing fatigue, emotional disturbances, even renal failure. Laboratory testing can provide valuable information about your health and can prevent these from happening.
Antioxidants are essential for the body's ability to protect against free radicals, and for healthy function of the neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Oxidative stress is linked to premature aging, heart disease, neurological diseases, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Lab tests can assess equilibrium between oxidative stress and antioxidant protection.