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Explain the importance of good nutrition and hydration in maintaining health and wellbeing

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Good nutrition and hydration are vital for a healthy lifestyle and general wellbeing.

The importance of nutrition

Nutrition refers to the food that we eat. A nutritious well-balanced diet includes:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Fibre

The Eatwell Guide (pictured below) can help you to understand the proportions of each of the food groups you should consume over a period of a day or week (not necessarily for each meal).

The Eatwell Guide.

A healthy diet not only prevents deficiencies that can cause illness but also helps to maintain a healthy body weight. In addition, it can contribute to increased energy levels, a better immune system and an improved sense of wellbeing.

The importance of hydration

Hydration refers to drinks, especially water. The body needs fluids for:

  • Digestion
  • Blood circulation
  • Waste removal
  • Temperature control
  • Fighting disease
  • Brain function

Adequate hydration is necessary for essential bodily functions to work cirrectly.

Without good nutrition and hydration, the human body will deteriorate, leading to illness and disease and ultimately death.