Stepping away from macronutrients, if we further investigate what works best for your body, we need to greatly consider MICRONUTRIENTS. Micronutrients act as manuals dictating how carbohydrates, fat and protein are digested, absorbed, transported and oxidized for energy. The devil is in the details.
When people throw the term “micronutrient” density around, they’re not doing it JUST to impress you with their wildly scientific vocabulary… it also contains some serious important for health longevity!
We’re going to focus on antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Antioxidants. The soldiers that lend out electrons to free radicals (compounds missing electrons) and ultimately extend cell life! Now, what the hell is a free radical? GOOD QUESTION. They are unstable molecules generated by exercise, stress, environment, alcohol, breathing, sun exposure and sugar consumption. They bombard your DNA and create incredibly extensive cellular damage. NO BUENO CITY. Antioxidants donate electrons to free radicals therefore stabilizing your cells and preventing disease for another day. FREE RADICALS SOUND TERRIFYING, HOW DO I EAT ANTIOXIDANTS AND THEREFOR SUCKER PUNCH FREE RADICALS? Another great question, you’re on a roll.
Antioxidants are commonly found in whole plant foods. They’re most commonly recognized as colors in your food. The more diverse the colors of your food, the more soldiers (antioxidants) you’re consuming.
Vitamins. Essential compound serving as cofactor in all biochemical reactions! Vitamins are broken into fat (A, D, K & E) and water soluble ( mainly B & C). They are VITAL for almost every important process in your body.
Now, let’s talk about poop. Just kidding, but really, FIBER is actually relevant to the quality of your poop!
Fiber. Fiber serves as food for the microbiome in your gut. Bacteria in your large intestine derive energy from fiber to produce fatty acids that help with immune support. Ultimately, studies show that if you eat foods high in fiber, you’re increasing the likelihood of healthy gut which helps literally everything in your body. Gut health is an incredibly trendy field but its research is SO NEW that we are merely scraping the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned for WAY more information on this subject.
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Minerals. Just like their micronutrient siblings, vitamins, minerals also serve key roles in most major chemical reactions throughout our body. Iron, sodium, potassium and calcium help transport oxygen, optimize bone/skin health, regulate water balance JUST TO NAME A FEW!
Water. While definitely NOT a nutrient, water is necessary for proper digestion and nutrient absorption. You can maintain proper hydration levels through normal fluid consumption as well as eating water-dense foods such as most whole plant foods: vegetables and fruits!
Quality micro and macro nutrients is the goal! EMPOWERMENT IS IN EDUCATION. The more you learn about your body, the healthier you will be. Download my ‘Nutrition 101’ infographic to keep the basics by your side!