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Nutrition matters

- By Jaysen Lockett

The modern diet, which is full of processed ingredient­s that usually lack essential vitamins and minerals, can lead to the inadequate intake of the proper nutrients. This is more of a concern when working in a challengin­g environmen­t (high temperatur­es, down range, remote locations), like we do at Yuma, Cold Regions and Tropic Regions Test Centers and all units at Yuma Proving Ground.

Your body needs the proper amount of nutrients, which include vitamins and minerals, to carrying out hundreds of life-supporting physiologi­cal functions. Vitamins are essential nutrients that regulate metabolic functions throughout your body. Minerals are chemical elements found in food that have various functions in your body.

An unhealthy diet does not provide you enough energy for your everyday needs. On the contrary, it leads to fatigue, causes poor mental health, provokes irritabili­ty, increases stress and depression, decreases your energy level, and reduces your ability to think clearly and work effectivel­y. The lack of the proper amount of vitamins and minerals have a negative impact on your productivi­ty, especially if you work in a creative environmen­t.

Healthy eating means consuming a variety of foods from all food groups with right quantities of nutrients to maintain your health and have energy. These nutrients should include protein, carbohydra­tes, fats, water, vitamins, and minerals. Healthy eating has a positive impact on cell developmen­t in the brain, and the benefits of keeping a healthy diet are numerous.

Another source of valuable proper nutrition will be in March, which is the National Nutrition

Month. This National Nutrition campaign is held annually to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. The 2023 theme is “Fuel for the Future”.

For more informatio­n on some of the vital vitamins and minerals that are tied to staying healthy, the negative effects when not consuming the right amount, and examples of sources that are rich in each of them, can the QR code.

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