Nutrition Health & Wellness

Nutrition, health and wellness are closely related concepts that influence each other. Nutrition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Health is the state of being free from illness or injury. Wellness is an active process of growth and change to reach your fullest health and well-being.

Nutrition affects health in many ways. For example, a balanced diet can provide the macro and micronutrients to live, grow and function properly. On the other hand, a poor diet can increase the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

A person’s state of health also affects nutrition A person with a health condition may require dietary modifications such as avoiding gluten for people with celiac disease, limiting sodium for people with high blood pressure, or affect the absorption or metabolism of nutrients as is the case in malabsorption syndrome or thyroid disorders.

Wellness is associated with actively pursuing activities, making lifestyle choices, and following spiritual practices that lead to a certain nutritional status or a state of health.

The interplay between nutrition, health and wellness is complex and dynamic. It is important to understand how these concepts are related and how they can be improved.

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African liver health – the hidden diseases

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The link between nutrition in early life and brain development

The human brain develops rapidly during the first 2 years of life and it has been found that nutritional factors play a…

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World Microbiome Day celebrates all things microbial (microorganism characteristics, including a bacterium that causes…

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As Food Allergies (FAs) are on the increase across the developing world, Africa is in search of treatment and prevention…

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The Parenting Index
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The Parenting Index 2021

The Parenting Index was commissioned by Nestlé as part of its ongoing commitment to support families in the first 1,000…

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A healthy diet not only protects against overnutrition and malnutrition. It also protects us against noncommunicable…

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