A nutritional “plus” for well-being: Tips to improve your health
India is blessed with a wide variety of diets and culinary practices. In the past two to three decades, this eating pattern has changed dramatically due to globalization and changing work patterns. Fortunately, according to the Global Nutrition Survey Data, we have managed to address the problem of malnutrition in society. However, it is no longer news that we are one of the unfortunate leaders in diabetes and lifestyle diseases worldwide.
In recent years, India has shown some strides in addressing the Diet-Related Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) targets, but it is not enough. It is estimated that around 5.1 percent of adult women (aged 18 and over) and 2.7 percent of adult men are currently living with obesity. A sudden change in eating habits, increased intake of high calorie foods, increased sedentary lifestyle, and a stressful mind have all contributed to this major obesity endemic. It is noteworthy that an unbalanced food pattern also leads to a great lack of essential nutrients.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the need for adequate nutrition has become increasingly important as we realized that eating a robust and diverse diet not only helps prevent lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases, but also helps build strong immunity.
Our daily traditional diet in India, which mainly consists of legumes, vegetables, fruits, cereals, dairy products and honey, can meet our daily nutritional needs. However, the limited availability of high quality agricultural products, geographic restrictions and lifestyle issues prevent us from achieving these goals. Some of the most important nutrients are deficient in our current diet, which affects our general wellbeing and therefore requires the need for supplementation. Let’s understand these specific nutrients and what they mean during this difficult time:
Vitamin D: The richest source of vitamin D is natural sunlight. However, due to the current work from home and restrictions on going out, we are lacking this natural free source of the vital nutrient. Vitamin D has also shown great benefits in our body’s defense mechanisms. We can also get this vitamin from fruits, nuts, milk, soy products, fortified grains, etc.
Vitamin B12: The majority of the Indian population is vegetarian and therefore has a significant deficiency in vitamin B12. Some mushrooms, eggs, and dairy products contain vitamin B12, but it is much less. This is a major cause of anemia in India.
Iron: One of the major nutritional deficiencies in India, especially among growing children, is iron. Iron, in particular, is an important nutrient for the development of healthy blood cells and the overall development of the body. Tofu, legumes (lentils, dried peas, and beans), whole grains (especially iron-fortified breakfast cereals), green vegetables like broccoli or Asian vegetables, nuts, especially cashews, dried fruits like apricots are some of the important sources of iron.
Dietary fiber: This is one of the most underrated nutrients in the diet. Most of our current food processing and fast food culture practices result in us lacking this nutrient. This creates a significant imbalance in metabolism and can also affect digestion and absorption of other nutrients. Fresh fruit, green vegetables, whole foods, garlic, onions, bananas, etc. ensure a rich supply of fiber.
Probiotics: The intestinal flora or microbiota in our body fulfills many important functions, from maintaining the metabolism to maintaining hormonal balance. Probiotics nourish this intestinal flora with a rich supply of healthy, beneficial microorganisms. However, the irrational use of antibiotics, chemical pesticides, and low-quality foods disrupts this healthy flora. This becomes a cause of most disorders and leads to a general dietary imbalance. Cottage cheese, yogurt, and buttermilk are particularly good sources of these probiotics.
Balancing the supply of all of these nutrients in optimal amounts becomes a task in itself as it can lead to over-consumption of calories, which in turn becomes a problem. Therefore, a simplified, uncomplicated and holistic food supplement can be consumed on a daily basis to ensure a rich supply.
Naturamore Plus is one such nutraceutical that was developed with these additional needs of the current generation in mind. It’s a classic blend of 5 sources of protein (60 percent of each scoop), 13 vitamins, and 10 minerals that are essential for the body. This is further fortified with prebiotics and probiotics, as well as nutrients like omega-3 DHA, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These phytonutrients are beneficial for the eyes and nervous system, especially in these troubled times.
Let’s add these nutrients “Plus” to your daily healthy diet, along with an active lifestyle and mindfulness practices for a robust diet and a healthier life!
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