Energy from food is what keeps us alive and active. Energy is required for even the smallest of movements. Even when sleeping, our bodies still need energy so that our metabolism, heart and breathing function and our body temperature is maintained.
Carbohydrates are molecules made up of sugar units. Carbohydrates should form the greatest part of our diet (at least half of our daily total calorie intake). To keep us at peak performance, full of life and able to concentrate well, we need energy.
Protein provides the nutrients for muscles, organs, skin, hair and nails. Enzymes and hormones also consist of protein. Our body's defences only function to the best of their ability with protein. For this reason we must ensure we have a sufficient supply.
In this section, we provide you with some tips on what to put in your "great shape" shopping trolley. Here is a handy tip to start with - never go shopping on an empty stomach and always go prepared with a shopping list.
Vitamins are involved in numerous processes throughout our bodies. For example, they take part in the production of hormones, enzymes and blood cells. In addition, our skin, muscles, nerves and immune systems all depend upon vitamins.