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Good nutrition: What are the effects on the body? Why do we need good nutrition?

Updated: Dec 6, 2022

Why do we need good nutrition?

Brain health

Reduce the risk of physical health problems

Improve sleep patterns

Improve energy levels and general health

Effects on our mood and mental health

Maintain a healthy gut microbiome

Overall health

The consequences of a poor or unbalanced diet can exacerbate previous health conditions and lead to the development of new health problems and poor mental health.

Strategies for improving dietary habits

These are the top 5 tips from experts:

1. Prepare most of your meals at home using whole or minimally processed foods

2. Create an eating plan each week

3. Choose recipes with lots of fruit and vegetables

4. Water instead of sugary drinks

5. Eat smaller meals more frequently

NOTE: Food consumption and habit formation

Food consumption and habit formation are closely linked together. Sometimes we eat when we are not hungry, just out of habit. Avoid eating in places of your home that you frequently occupy (e.g. your office desk or your couch). Separate the two activities to break the habit cycle.

Recognising how our lifestyle affects our long-term health is critical for making informed decisions

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