From A to Z: Nutrition, Digestion, Exercise and Sleep!

 

If you want to embrace a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to start, this “from A to Z” guide represents a very solid foundation upon which you can build. You don’t have to be embarassed by the fact that you don’t know the difference between let’s say micronutrients and macronutrients, the most important thing is that you’re here and ready to learn. There are quite a few posts on VFH.com and this guide will basically tell you where to start.

First and foremost, you have to understand the basics:

The Importance of Nutrients

Macronutrients – Understanding How Nutrients Are Categorized

Carbohydrates – Why They Are Essential to the Human Body

Incorporating Dietary Fiber into Your Diet

The Difference between Good and Bad Fats

The Importance of Essential Fatty Acids

Minerals and Their Role in a Proper Diet

Protein and What It Does for the Body

Including Complete Protein in Your Diet

How Essential Amino Acids Combine to Create Proteins

Incomplete Protein vs. Complete Protein

The Importance of Protein Combining

Micronutrients – What They Are and Why They Are Important

The Importance of Vitamins in the Diet

How Does Water Relate to Nutrients?

The Role of Antioxidants

Understanding Phytochemicals

Next, you might want to take things to the next level by also understanding how your digestive system works. Some of the posts below represent a must-read for absolutely everyone, while some will mostly appear to enthusiasts or in other words people who want to understand absolutely everything about digestion (they have been labeled as such so that you can decide whether to read them or move on to other posts for now):

How Nutrition Works for Humans

Functions of the Human Digestive System

The Gastrovascular Cavity (optional)

The Purpose of the Phagosome (optional)

Understanding Beaks (optional)

The Tongue (optional)

Analyzing Our Teeth (optional)

The… Crop? (optional)

The Abomasum aka Reed Tripe or Rennet-Bag (optional)

Overview of Vertebrate Digestion (optional)

The Human Digestion Process

The Phases of Gastric Secretion (optional)

Functions of the Oral Cavity

The Pharynx

The Esophagus

The Stomach

The Small Intestine

The Large Intestine

The Protein Digestion Process

The Fat Digestion Process

The Carbohydrate Digestion Process

Why Are Digestive Hormones Important?

Now that you understand nutrition as well as digestion, it’s important to also be aware of the fact that eating/drinking the right things isn’t enough. Fitness also plays an extremely important role in the VFH “equation” and should therefore not be ignored. Here are the posts you should start with:

The Effects of Exercise on Health

The Most Important Exercise Types

The 4 Most Popular Flexibility Exercises

The 4 Most Popular Aerobic Exercises

The 4 Most Popular Anaerobic Exercises

Categories of Physical Exercise

The Most Common Types of Strength Training

A Few Simple Agility Training Guidelines

Understanding Eccentric Training

Brief Resistance Training Guide

Three Types of Interval Training

What Is Continuous Training?

The Positive Health Effects of Exercise

The Relationship Between Exercise and the Cardiovascular System

The Relationship Between Exercise and the Immune System

The Relationship Between Exercise and Brain Function

The Relationship Between Exercise and Depression

The Relationship Between Exercise and Sleep

The Dangers of Excessive Exercise

11 Reasons Most Men Aren’t in Shape

11 Reasons Most Women Aren’t in Shape

Alright, so you eat/drink the right things and stay in shape as well. Is that enough… well, no! You forgot one extremely important aspect, sleep. After all, you spend several hours sleeping each and every day. Wouldn’t it make sense to understand how things work when it comes to sleep and what the implications are as far as your lifestyle is concerned? Through the posts below, we will try to help you do just that:

The Importance Of Sleep

The Physiology of Sleep

Understanding Sleep Stages

What Is NREM Sleep?

What Is REM Sleep?

The Circadian Clock

Optimal Sleep Amount for Humans

Siesta or Nap?

The Dangers of Sleep Debt

The Role of Sleep Genetics

The Functions of Sleep

Functions of Sleep: Restoration

Sleep Therapy

Functions of Sleep: Memory Processing

Functions of Sleep: Preservation

Dreaming from A to Z

The Effects of Food and Drinks on Sleep

Insomnia and Healthy Ways to Combat It

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Facts

Narcolepsy

Last but not least, a lot of people will want to put the knowledge they’ve gained to good use and start losing weight. Through our posts about losing weight, we will try to provide a reasonable/rational approach as opposed to the countless “lose weight effortlessly” strategies you have no doubt been exposed to repeatedly:

Are Celebrity Weight Loss Stories Relevant?

Are Weight Loss Books Worth It?

Are Weight Loss Supplements a Viable Solution?

Can Losing Weight be Unhealthy?

Common Weight Loss Myths

Counting Calories Can Help

Good vs. Bad Weight Loss Information

Is Weight Loss Equipment Worth Buying?

Should You Listen to Weight Loss Experts?

Should You Pay for Weight Loss Advice?

Stay Away from Weight Loss Scams

The Health Benefits of Losing Weight

The Relationship Between Diet and Weight Loss

The Relationship Between Exercise and Weight Loss

Understanding the Body Mass Index

Just one more thing. If you want your friends and/or family members to embrace a healthier lifestyle as well, try sending them some of the following infographics:

Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Smoking

Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Drug Use

Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of a Sedentary Lifestyle

Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Eating Fast Food

Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Alcohol Abuse

Five DEVASTATING Health Consequences of Steroids







 
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