Nutrition and the benefits of exercise
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... Good nutrition is based on a balance of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. In the US diet most of the protein comes from meat and dairy products. Protein is responsible for tissue growth and the production of essential hormones and enzymes (Protein, n.d.). Failure to get an adequate amount of protein will result in muscle loss and mental deficiencies. Carbohydrates are found in breads, pasta, fruits, vegetables, and rice and are the body's primary source of energy. In addition they are used to "fight infections, promote growth of body tissues such as bones and skin, and lubricate the joints" (Haas, n.d.). Fiber is essential to the regulation of the body's waste by adding...