Below is a crash course on nutrition along with some recommendations to help you on your way to greater health.
Nutrients can be divided into two categories: macronutrients, and micronutrients.
Macronutrients: are those nutrients that the body needs in large amounts. These provide the body with energy (calories).
Micronutrients: are those nutrients that the body needs in smaller amounts - think vitamins and minerals
- Fuel during exercise and body movements
- Fuel for the central nervous system (your brain!)
- Fuel for most body functions and processes
- Adds fiber to our diet
- Vegetables (fresh over frozen or canned)
- Grains (prioritize whole grains)
- Fruit (choose whole fruits more often than fruit juices)
- Helps develop and maintain tissue structures (part of organ tissues, muscle, hair, skin, nails, bones, tendons, ligaments and blood plasma)
- Part of cell plasma membranes involved in metabolic, transport, and hormone systems
Make up enzymes that regulate metabolism
- Involved in acid/base balance to maintain a neutral environment in our bodies
- Legumes (beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas)
- Nuts and Seeds
- Soy products, such as tofu and tempeh
- Whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat, oats, corn, quinoa, sorghum, millet, and many more!)
- Animal sources
- Energy reserve
- Protects vital organs
- Keeps us warm
- Transport fat soluble vitamins
- Meat, fish, dairy*
*Those who follow a vegan lifestyle should consider taking an algae-based omega-3 supplement, as this type of fat is difficult to obtain from plant-based fats.
I hope this was helpful.
Food alone today will not give you all of the minerals and vitamin that your body needs to maintain at an optimal level. I highly recommend that we all should take high potent supplements that will help support our bodies maintenance and function properly. Watch this video to learn more on why:
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