It’s National Nutrition Month®! Do You Know Your Nutrition Basics?

Are you aware that this is National Nutrition Month®? Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this campaign is dedicated to helping people create and maintain healthy eating and exercise habits.

At Test Smartly Labs, we’re all about monitoring and adjusting your health, so of course we support celebrating nutrition this March. Here are the nutrition basics that everyone should know in order to live a healthy lifestyle.

Your Nutrition Basics

What is Nutrition?

It's National Nutrition Month®! Do You Know Your Nutrition Basics?In its most basic form, nutrition refers to the process of providing fuel (aka food) to cells so that they can function. When studying nutrition, scientists look at the ways the body responds to food, how it breaks down food to create and repair cell tissue, and how dietary choices can cause or prevent illness and other medical conditions.

What Does Good Nutrition Entail?

Eating nutritiously involves thinking about everything you choose to put in your body. Whole grains, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean proteins, and fruits are all healthy choices that help maintain your nutrition. Here are a few general nutrition guidelines based on the US Department of Agriculture’s rules:

  • Half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables: It’s easy to let meats and grains overtake your meal, but make sure that you balance them out with fruits and veggies, too. In particular, dark green, red, and orange vegetables are the best.
  • Half of the grains you eat should be whole grains: A source of complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, whole grains are naturally low-fat, plus they’re linked to reduced risk of cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and other health issues. Opt for 100% whole-grain cereal, bread, crackers, or pasta as an easy way to boost your nutrition.
  • Eat seafood twice a week. Fish are a great lean protein to substitute for poultry or beef. When you do opt for other meats, be sure to keep your portions small and lean.
  • Opt for low-fat dairy products or calcium-fortified dairy substitutions: Dairy is good for your calcium intake, but it can also be fatty. These options will give you optimum nutrition.

How Can I Make Sure I Have Good Nutrition?

Good nutrition involves making healthy food choices, but it also means knowing where you currently stand in terms of your physical health. Before you plan your diet, you should know how your health stacks up. Test Smartly Labs can help with this. Our nationwide walk-in facilities offer several services to help you gauge your wellness and nutrition, including:

  • Cholesterol Panel: Our cholesterol screening measures your LDL (bad cholesterol) to HDL (good cholesterol levels), as well as your total cholesterol and can be quite useful in determining the right diet for your nutritional needs.
  • Biometric Screening: This screening includes information on your body composition, including your body mass index, plus your blood pressure, your cholesterol and lipid levels, and your blood sugar. Using this information, you can determine the best diet to achieve optimum nutrition and promote your overall health.
  • Male and Female Testing: These panels test your blood pressure, risk of anemia, blood sugar, and cholesterol ratio, all great information to have when planning a diet to boost wellness and nutrition.

Get started on your nutrition today — find the Test Smartly Labs location near you to see if they can provide a Personal Wellness Profile™ and other wellness lab tests!

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