Nutrition For Your Employee Wellness Program

Nutrition refers to the process of the distribution of essential nutrients in the body. Proper nutrition is very essential for remaining fit and healthy. A nutritious and balanced diet helps you attain not only physical wellness but also psychological wellness.

Remember, physical wellness starts with proper nutrition. The 6 essential nutrients are carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, mineral and water. To attain physical wellness, ensure that your diet contains all the essential nutrients in right proportions. By consuming a balanced diet, you can attain a fit body that will make you feel good about yourself. This increased self-esteem will help you have a positive outlook towards life, which in turn will help you achieve social and intellectual wellness.

As strange as it may sound, your nutrition can have play a key role in determining not only your physical wellness but also your psychological wellness. An imbalanced diet can have an adverse effect on your psyche and cause psychological disorders, such as depression. Certain types of food have low levels of sugars, fat and cholesterol but high protein content. Such foodstuffs, when consumed in excess, lead to low production of the neurotransmitter serotonin and this causes depression.

Important Role Of Nutrition In A Corporate Wellness Program

Excessive consumption of alcohol, beef, chicken breast, cheddar cheese, lamb’s lettuce, mackerel, mandarins, oyster and lobster can cause depression. Similarly, excess consumption of foodstuffs that are low in carbohydrate (mushroom, raspberries, cranberries and tomatillos) and tryptophan (lean meat and turkey) can lower serotonin production. Hence, it is better to restrict the intake of such food.

On the other hand, some food can actually help you fight and overcome psychological problems as depression, anxiety and insomnia. A diet rich in carbohydrate increases the serotonin production. An increased level of serotonin, also known as ‘feel good chemical,’ curbs the effect of depression. Also, deficiency of magnesium, Vitamin B, zinc and iron in the body can lead to depression. Hence, ensure your diet contains milk, peas, legumes, pulses, brown rice, banana, butter, whole grain cereals, wheat germ, cashew nuts, wheat bran and brewers yeast. These food items are rich in vitamin B, zinc and magnesium and can prevent depression or anxiety problems.

Thus, great nutrition can be instrumental in improving your both physical wellness as well as psychological wellness. Hence, ensure that your daily nutritional requirements are properly met. You can also consult an experienced nutritionist or dietician to design an effective diet program for you.