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The frenetic pace of Miami often makes achieving personal wellness a challenging goal. Nutrition plays an important role in our lives. Good nutrition means good health. Good health means a longer life. In order for acupuncture to work properly, you must consume specific types of nutrition. These foods work best for certain illnesses and conditions. Check with your acupuncturist in Miami about the diet and lifestyle you need for good health.
6 Types of Nutrition
The 6 types of nutrition include the following:
The FDA considers carbohydrates the most important type of nutrition for energy. Carbohydrates are macronutrients. The daily recommended intake of these macronutrients is 45 to 65 percent of the calories you consume. Carbohydrates are your body’s main fuel source. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to be active and healthy.
Your body requires large quantities of macronutrients, which can be found in water. 60 percent of the human body is water. Without water, you wouldn’t be able to survive. A daily intake of 2.5 liters of water from beverages and foods is recommended on average. But if you live in hot and humid climates, more water may be necessary to reduce the risk of dehydration.
Your body requires protein to grow normally, maintain or repair tissues, make hormones and enzymes, help your body fight disease, and preserve your muscle mass. Protein is also an alternative source of fuel. The USDA recommends a daily intake of 10 to 35 percent of calories from protein.
Your body requires very small amounts of vitamins. Vitamins are micronutrients that assist the enzymes that drive your metabolism. In order to be healthy, you must consume vitamins either through your diet or supplements.
Minerals assist with the life-sustaining processes in your body. They are macronutrients, which are essential in large amounts for good health. Sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium are macronutrients. Micronutrients are also essential to your body but in small amounts. Chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and zinc are essential trace minerals.
Believe it not, fats are essential for your body. Specifically, fats facilitate tissue growth, hormone production, and vitamin absorption. Two types of fats are necessary for good health: omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids. Primarily from the unsaturated type, fats are necessary for the body. Ten percent of omega-3 and omega-6 is needed for your body to function properly.
Acupuncture and Nutrition
Having good nutrition and eating good food is in and of itself a preventive medicine. So is acupuncture. It’s not only preventive, it’s a way to achieve optimal health if you have an illness or condition. Fruits and vegetables, meat and chicken, nuts, seeds, seafood, grains, bread, legumes, fats and oils, tubers, apple cider vinegar, dark chocolate, and dairy are all essential nutrition to use in conjunction with acupuncture.
Visiting an Acupuncturist
When you see an acupuncturist, they may make some food recommendations for you. If not, you may seek the additional advice of a Miami nutrition specialist to augment your treatment. They can put you on a diet that is not only healthy but can help alleviate you of your illness or condition. Your acupuncturist should address all six types of nutrition in a dietary plan and advise you on the amounts of each nutrient your body requires.