Nutrition | Nutrients
Nutrition is the process of obtaining the foods and liquids that are necessary for your body to live in an optimal state. The keyword here is foods, as our focus will be primarily on informing you about the best foods you could want in your regular diet, our goal is for you to live a full and healthy life.
Nutrients are categorized in six major classes:
The most important source of energy for the human body. Our digestive system converts these organic compounds into glucose, or blood sugar. There are simple and complex carbohydrates. The simple carbohydrates come from fruits, vegetables, milk and milk byproducts. Complex carbohydrates are from whole grain breads, whole grain cereals, starchy vegetables and legumes.
Fats are nutrients, essential to the human bodies normal functions. There are three types of fats; saturated, unsaturated and transfats. Saturated and transfats increase our ‘low density lipoprotein’ (LDL) cholesterol, the bad stuff. Unsaturated fats do not raise our LDL, but are high in calories.
Minerals are inorganic substances meaning that they occur naturally in non-living things such as water, rocks and soil. Plants get minerals through the soil and water they absorb, animals ingest minerals from eating plants and other animals as well as from drinking (think mineral water) and we humans ingest minerals from the food that we eat and from drinking fluids.
There are two types of protein: plant and animal. Proteins are organic compounds containing large molecules, which in turn, contain one or more long chains of amino acids, of which there are about 20 different types, some being essential, some being non-essential to our nutrition.
There has been a lot of talk about vitamins, as there should be, so many are touted as being beneficial, when the majority of the time you are already eating sufficient quantities of these vitamins in the foods you are eating. Let’s take a look at each of the vitamins to see which one’s you may want to look into for your optimal nutritional balance…
Basically water is a chemical compound, two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen (H2O) that are connected by covalent bonds. Water makes up about 60% of the human body, with every system in our bodies relying on it’s immediate availability.