Why is Nutrition Important?
Because it is a Matter of Life and Death!
A frequent question asked today is “Why is nutrition important? This question is being asked by dieters, health care professionals and scientists alike. New information is coming in almost daily emphasizing the importance of nutrition.
Why is nutrition important? Because bad genes can be turned off and good genes can be turned on by the foods we eat. Food can ignite disease, food can prevent disease. Food can kill, food can heal. Don’t eat your way to disease and death. Choose the right food and you can eat not just to survive but to thrive!
The Importance of Nutrition
In the recent past, the simple answer to the importance of nutrition was that food fuels our bodies with the nutrients needed to stay healthy grow and work properly, and so we ate. We ate any food that gave us the basic calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates.
And we ate food canned food, boxed food, jarred food, processed food, frozen food, vacuum-sealed food. You name it, we ate it. After all, it was all food and food is the fuel we need to stay healthy, grow and work properly.
But, we didn’t stay healthy. Our bodies didn’t grow properly. Our bodies didn’t work properly. We ate but we weren’t nourished. We grew fatter but our bodies were starving for proper nutrition.
With recent discoveries made in food and nutrition research, we are learning that nutrition is not a matter of eating just any food. There is more to food than calories, a whole lot more!
There is a growing interest in the study of nutrition, looking at the effects of nutrients on our energy, wellness, fitness, health and disease.
Daily we read of newly discovered connections between our health and our food. As new information is discovered, the field of nutritional research is expanding. I think the most exciting is the study of the interaction between diet and genes.
Study after study from decades of research confirms the importance of nutrition, the direct connections between food and health. Science is slowly uncovering the marvelous mysteries of God’s creation, including the miraculous healing power of the foods He designed for us to eat.
If we go to the Bible, we’ll find the first nutritional experiment ever done recorded in the Book of Daniel.
Daniel was among the finest young men captured by the King of Babylon when the Babylonians over ran Israel, and was to serve in the King’s court. He was to be fed from the King’s table of fine foods and wine.
Daniel objected and preferred his own choices, which included vegetables (pulses) and water. The chief steward was afraid for his head, but agreed to a trial.
Daniel and his friends received his own diet for 10 days and then were compared to the King’s men. As they appeared fitter and healthier, they were allowed to continue with their own foods, not defiling themselves with those of the King.
What Good Nutrition Can Do For You
“The human body is truly amazing. Yes, we all get sick at some time or another, but if you give the body all the nutrients it craves, it will heal itself. There are a few processes that make us sick; bad genes, inflammation, oxidation, and a poor immune system. The good news is good food will alter these processes and positively affect health. So it seems your mother was correct when she said, “eat your vegetables.” The Importance of Good Nutrition by Dr. Robert Avery
Good nutrition can:
- Give you vitality and energy for life
- Give you mental clarity
- Help you stay at a weight that’s right for you
- Boost your immune system
- Improve sports performance
- Delay the effects of aging
- Keep you active and fit into old age
- Help beat tiredness and fatigue
- Protect teeth and keep gums healthy
- Enhance your ability to concentrate and possibly alter mood
- Ward off serious illnesses like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and gallbladder disease
- Slow or even reverse diseases you may have now!
More than just the absence of disease, true good health is a state where you enjoy all the energy, vitality and benefits life has to offer. Use the power of healthy foods to positively affect how you feel, how much energy you have, and the length and quality of your life. Scientific evidence is clear and definitive that proper nutrition plays an important and significant role in reducing the risk of degenerative diseases, and in providing long-term health and longevity.
“There is no branch of medicine in which nutritional considerations do not play some part. Over-nutrition, under-nutrition or unbalanced nutrition are the major causes of ill health in the world. Conversely, illness causes important nutritional and metabolic problems.” S. P. Allison from The Pennington Lecture
Basics of Good Nutrition
There’s a lot of conflicting information out there when it comes eating. Food is ‘big money’ and many people want a piece of that money pie! There are hundreds of organizations and companies telling us what we should eat. Unfortunately, most of those organizations and companies have vested interests in what we are eating.
How do we sort it all out? Who can you trust? How do we keep up with all this new information?
Sometimes it seems as if things are always changing with dietary advice. While it’s true that the fields of diet and nutrition are areas of evolving research, there are basic concepts you can keep in mind. By knowing these basics, you will be better equipped to sort through nutrition research and dietary advice.
It’s time to seek the Word of God. It’s time to go back to the basics! So, back to the Garden, back to God’s first commandment in the very first chapter of the very first book of the Bible, Genesis 1:29 where God said,
… I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, it doesn’t get any simpler than that! If we stick to the basics of Genesis 1:29 we are free to eat an abundance the delicious, enzyme-rich, fresh food God designed. Man-made food products were not in the Garden of Eden and are not in the Hallelujah diet.
In Genesis God designed for our bodies the nourishment we need to keep our bodies healthy and balanced. If we eat God’s way, if we follow Genesis 1:29, we can enjoy excellent health!
“If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” Exodus 15:26
Renew Your Mind
Dietary habits and food tradition play a big part in what we eat today. Many of us mindlessly eat, not thinking about what we are eating. Food can harm you, food can heal you.
In order to make smart choices in food, it is important to arm yourself with the truth. Learn more about the connection between food and health.
Knowledge is the key to renewing your mind. Knowledge is the key to reversing what you were taught over the years. Knowledge is the key to making smart food choices!
Why is nutrition important? Because what you eat could be killing you!