WE Modern Humans can live about 7 days without food and 2 days without fluids. We will have to regularly ingest the right nutrients to stay healthy.
Which nutrients does our body need?
There are about 50 nutrients of which we know that they are needed for all life processes. These include proteins (amino acids), fats, carbohydrates (starch and sugars) and a large number of vitamins and minerals.
Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are called macronutrients. Vitamins, minerals and trace elements are called micronutrients. These nutrients play an important role in many physiological functions required for the life processes of man, such as building and repairing the body, providing energy and managing all the processes that take place in the body.
Depending on our surroundings, we will have to feed ourselves with the food that’s available. For some, having access to plenty of food is a sure thing. For others it’s not that easy to get a hold of food and it can be even more difficult to find varied and healthy food.
Human beings are omnivorous and can consume a wide variety of plant-based and animal products. There are nations where the food mainly consists of meat, while others limit themselves to vegetables, fruit, nuts, etc. Most people eat meat at well as plant-based products.
Around the world most food is prepared by cooking it. Cooked food is easier to digest than raw food. That’s why most of the products we choose to eat are suitable for cooking.
Fluids are – together with oxygen – the most important for every human being to survive and stay alive. Therefore we need to regularly consume fluids. For adults it’s recommended to consume 1.5-2 liter of fluids a day. How much fluids someone exactly needs depends on age, temperature, physical efforts, consumed food and one’s health. For example breastfeeding women need more fluids than in general is prescribed.
What does that mean?
Humans have a body that needs a balanced and varied diet. Not everyone in the world has the opportunity to consume a variety of foods. Besides, there are also places on this earth where people are suffering from a major lack of water.
A world where everybody has access to sufficient, varied food and drinkable fluids. A world where food and water are more equally shared.
How can you improve yourself?
Make sure your diet is as varied as possible. Does the food in the region where you live lack in certain nutrients or fluids? Take the time to find out which nutrients or fluids these exactly are and if there’s a possibility to get a hold of them anyway.