Nutrition was not always a topic of so much interest as it is nowadays. Before the food industry began to manipulate the foods we eat, people ate whole foods from the ground or animals slaughtered freshly. Today, we find ourselves deficient in basic vitamins and minerals. So the new focus on nutrition is, in part, to understand why.

Vitamin B12 is an important part of a healthy diet. It plays a role in releasing energy from the fat, carbohydrates and protein that you eat. Vitamin B12 also helps in the formation of blood cells, nervous system maintenance and bone metabolism. You can find this vitamin in dairy products, eggs, fish, meat and poultry.

To have a healthy body we need to keep track of what we eat. There is a very popular saying that goes to say that you are what you eat. That is entirely true, therefore it is important to limit the consumption of processed food and take in more organic foods.

A helpful avenue to nutrition is the concept of not depriving yourself of the foods you love, but switch them with more nutritious versions of the same dish. You must know or learn the nutritional profiles of what you’re eating, learn what the alternatives are, and pick alternatives that have a healthier profile. Restaurants are starting to provide nutritional information on the foods they serve, so this has made it easier to do.

In making decisions about nutrition, you should cast a wide net. If you take mind and spirit into consideration in other aspects of your life, you should also do so in regard to nutrition. One writer who does this is Sally Fallon in her book, “Nourishing Traditions”.

Did you know that for every 8 ounces of sugary soft drink that you consume, you need to drink 16 ounces of water to get it out of your system? Think about how many soft drinks you currently consume on a daily basis. Doesn’t matter if it’s diet or regular. Start eliminating the soda out of your life. If you have to have one to get your day started, leave it to that one. Have your water on hand at the same time.

If you’re an athlete and need to keep your body in peak condition, it’s crucial to eat a healthy, nutritious diet. Never exercise on an empty stomach. Eat a carbohydrate-rich and easily digestible meal about an hour before you work out. Fruit, whole-wheat bread and oatmeal, all make great fuel for a workout.

Nutrition is key to any successful exercise routine, so be sure not to let your body run out of fuel. If you are going to exercise for more than 90 minutes, you will need to replenish your store of energy. Eat 50 to 60 grams of carbohydrates for each hour you plan to exercise.

Initially, the food industry was praised for using science to find a way to create inexpensive food and feed many more people than was possible before the innovations. But with the rise of deficiencies and disease, a new focus on nutrition has arisen, and people have begun to question how the science has undermined basic rules of nutrition.