Nutrition is a fundamental part of health and development. Better nutrition is linked to better health of infants, children and mothers, a stronger immune system, safer pregnancy and delivery, a lower risk of non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and longevity. Good nutrition is essential to keeping current and future generations of Americans healthy throughout their lives. Breastfeeding helps protect against childhood illnesses, including ear and respiratory infections, asthma, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
People with healthy eating patterns live longer and have a lower risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. For people with chronic illnesses, healthy eating can help manage these conditions and prevent complications. Nutrition helps us maintain a healthy immune system. Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health.
Eating a balanced diet is an important part of everyone's good health. The type and amount of food you eat affect how you feel and how your body works. Our immune system needs essential vitamins and minerals to function optimally. Eating a healthy and varied diet ensures that your immune system works at peak performance and protects you against diseases and immunodeficiency problems.
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