There are various reasons for following a specific nutrition programme. You may have a medical reason like atherosclerosis or crohn’s disease, you may want to lose weight or you may just want to eat what’s right for your general health and well-being. Whatever the reason, a good diet is central to your overall health and immune system.

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You may not be aware but there are many myths in the UK that suggest certain foods and beverages are bad for you like coffee and wine. However, if consumed in the right amount these can actually be very good for you. For instance, red wine and organic coffee both contain numerous anti-oxidants which protect our cells from damage i.e. they’re very good for the immune system as well as general health. There are also certain foods that are perceived to be healthy when indeed they can make us put on weight such as bread and pasta. However this does depend on your metabolism i.e. the way your body utilises each nutrient is different in each individual.

Nutrients are broken down into proteins, fats and carbohydrates. They also include vitamins, minerals and fibre. Sometimes, having an imbalance of theses nutrients create problems in our bodies like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or insomnia/disturbed sleep. Restoring the balance to certain nutrients can be the key to fixing and maintaining good health.

Whatever your goal, nutrition is usually best used in conjunction with a good exercise programme. Other factors need to be considered such as gender, age, injuries and skin issues or allergies. Either way you’d be surprised how the right nutrients can change your life!