You Need 90 Nutrients For Optimal Health!
Only with the right nutrients given to the cells can our metabolism (the minute-by-minute workings of the body) perform in the most efficient and healthy way. When you get your full compliment of at least 90 nutrients it means you will feel vital, energetic and full of life.
You can think of nutrients and metabolism as a kind of bucket brigade.
Let’s say you have a health problem. For this example, we’ll say it’s like having a house on fire. The goal is to put out the fire (heal the health, energy, or sleep problem, for example). You have a line of people, passing buckets of water to toss on the fire. These are like the nutrients that do the work of metabolism. If there are not enough people in the line to stretch between the water source and the fire, then the process will not be complete. In our example, this means the fire will burn up the house.
In the example of nutrient shortage, your body gets overwhelmed and it does not function as it could.
What if you have some, but not quite enough of all the proper elements of nutrition required for good health and healing?
You will not feel as energetic as you could, and perhaps feel exhausted after a day at the office. You will not sleep as well, waking up feeling tired. You may not heal a wound, or repair an injury as well or as soon as you could. If you are already a registered member of the Savvy Team, you can go here to read some wonderful, life-changing stories of people who have overcome a whole range of health issues.
If you had all the nutrients you needed for the job, then you sleep well, you feel great all the time and your wound healing and tissue repair would go faster. That’s where the Savvy Team come in. We support you along the way in your journey. Here is an INFO SHEET 1-2-3 Wellness Steps you may find useful.
What is nutrition?
Nutrients are the chemical elements that make up a food. Nutrients are the basics of what you eat that give your body what you need for “running the show”, that is, for metabolism. Certain nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins provide energy. Other substances such as water, electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins are needed for metabolic processes. Nutrition is all of the internal chemical changes that happen as a result of what we eat (or do not eat) each day.
Good nutrition means that what we are swallowing is something that adds to our health. Once we have digested it, food has an important job to do in our body. Good nutrition is needed for tissue growth and repair. We get good nutrition by eating foods and taking supplements that contain all the proper and necessary ingredients. We also get good nutrition by being able to completely digest the things we swallow. Then we must be able to adequately absorb the nutrients into the blood and other body fluids, and this ability depends on whether our metabolism is functioning fully or not.
By the definition above, we know that a lot of what we eat is not nutritional. When we eat a purple pill or swallow a blue-colored sports drink, what we are taking in has no job to do in our body. That purple or green coloring is not a chemical your body has any use for. The same is true for things like the preservatives added to your cereal. These chemicals are put in so that the cereal doesn’t get moldy in the box … but what do they do to you inside is the bigger question to ask and answer.
The same thing is true for traces of hormones and antibiotics left in our meat and dairy foods. The untold damage they do to us and even our unborn (and unconceived children) is an indictment to society at large.
When you eat French fries from a fast-food restaurant, the oil they have been cooked in has changed into a type of fat that can’t be used by your body. In fact, it has become something called a trans-fat. Trans-fats damage the walls of your body’s cells. This will make more work for your body to have to deal with in all of it’s many metabolic processes.
What is metabolism?
Metabolism refers to the work of changing the chemical energy in nutrients into mechanical energy or heat in your cells. Metabolism refers to all of the physical and chemical changes that are taking place in your body every moment. Making energy in the body is part of metabolism. All the physical work that occurs inside your cells is part of this process, too. It includes all the work and chemical changes that happen every day in your bones, connective tissues, body fluids, and organs.
Metabolism is the work your body does to change the food you eat into the tissues and organs of your body. Metabolic processes help the body make the hormones and other chemical messengers. These products of metabolism signal your organs to work properly. Metabolism also refers to the way your cells change the chemical energy in nutrients into mechanical energy or heat. Metabolism is the work of your cells, fluids, tissues, and organs of your body.
Metabolism involves two basic processes. There is anabolism (building up) and catabolism (disintegration or breaking down). During anabolism the body works to change simple chemicals from what you have eaten into complex parts, like blood, bone, or connective tissue. During catabolism, complex parts are broken into simpler pieces. One catabolic process is the breaking down of an apple you have chewed and swallowed. It is broken down into water, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The end of catabolism is usually something being passed out of the body. We are healthy when both anabolism and catabolism are in proper balance.
Our bodies have very good ways to know when food we eat is not useful and to get rid of it. But it takes up a lot of good nutrients to sort out what’s good and what’s not. Getting rid of damaging things you eat uses up energy in the cells, too.
What are nutraceuticals?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food that has medical or health benefits. Nutraceuticals help prevent and treat disease, and have been shown to have health benefits providing protection against chronic disease. Nutraceutical is a new word, invented by Dr. Stephen DeFelice in 1989. It is a combination of the words nutritional and pharmaceutical.
Nutraceuticals are dietary supplements that are sometimes also called functional foods, because they are often (but not always) whole foods containing many ingredients or food factors that science still has not identified. Many people take nutraceuticals to offset an inadequate or unhealthy diet.
The U.S. Congress defined the term dietary supplement in 1994. It says that a dietary supplement is a product taken by mouth that contains any chemical ingredient meant to add to what a person gets in their usual diet. The dietary ingredients in these products may include: vitamins, minerals, and herbs or other plant materials. They also include amino acids and substances such as enzymes or organ tissues. Dietary supplements can be extracts or concentrates.
How do nutraceuticals and dietary supplements work?
Good health and proper function requires a good diet. It must contain all the elements you need for metabolism needed to do the job. A person who is climbing a mountain will need to metabolize more than a person sitting at a desk all day. A person who is healing from surgery needs extra nutrition to meet the demands of tissue repair.
Supplemental nutraceuticals work by giving you extra nutrition. Whenever your diet is not able to meet all the nutrients needed by your body, supplemental nutrients may be helpful. Illness, injury, or extra hard work can increase the amount of nutrients your body needs. If you have aches and pains, if your joints are inflamed, or if you are overweight, your diet may not have enough good nutrition to get all the necessary work done. That is why nutraceuticals have become so important.
We face challenges our grandparents never knew. In this day and age, we have two factors to consider.
Firstly there are many lifestyle factors having negative impacts on our health. There are extra chemicals in our food and water. Our lifestyle keeps us indoors more than is healthy, it keeps many of us leading a totally sedentary life, with little fresh air and exercise; we are surrounded by air, food and water containing toxic substances our bodies were never designed to deal with, and we douse ourselves with a myriad of chemical cocktails in the form of toothpastes, cleansers, shampoos, detergents, drugs, disinfectants, etc, etc. So our body’s metabolism is already behind, working overtime trying to deal with these many substances.
Secondly, our diets are not what they used to be. Our food supply just is not as nutrient-rich as we need it to be. Fast food, processed food, long storage, genetically modified, genetically grown, our food is often nutritionally deficient, even when we think we are eating a healthy diet. Consequently, while our metabolic process require greater and greater amounts of the substances that our body needs (nutrients) to deal with the increasing avalanche of toxins, it is overwhelmed with an ever decreasing dietary support. So when we supplement with quality nutrition or nutraceuticals we give our body what it needs to help us maintain an energetic, invigorated life.
Even with a good diet of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and the right amount and kind of protein, even the very best standard Western diet does not have enough nutrition for all the work your body needs to get done. We grow our fruits and vegetables with lots of fertilizers. Chemicals from the fertilizers remain on it when it’s part of your meal. The same is true for pesticides and herbicides sprayed on the plants before harvest.
We harvest fruits and vegetables when they are not quite ripe. Then they are trucked thousands of miles to our stores. Food that is not quite ripe when picked means it doesn’t have its full nutritional value. Food harvested too early will not bruise as easily when it is loaded on and off trucks. It will look good when you buy it, but it won’t have all the nutrition you need to get from eating it.
A proper balance between protein and high fibre foods is important for good nutritional health. It is important to understand that nutrients always work together. Nutraceuticals can help when you aren’t able to eat a perfectly balanced diet. The same is true when you can’t eat everything organic. Supplemental vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids are the way to help yourself meet all the needs of your body. This includes growth and repair after injury. It’s also true for the metabolic work needed to feel good, be strong, and live well.
Healthy fats are needed to grow and repair normal connective tissue, bones, and body fluids. The fiber and carbohydrates in whole grains and fresh produce are what your body is designed to thrive on. The fats found in olive oil, deep ocean fish (like salmon and sardines), and nuts and seeds are all part of good nutrition.
Organically raised beef, poultry, and wild ocean fish give the best protein. When you can’t eat organically raised meats, you can decrease your exposure to damaging chemical residues. You can do this by removing all visible fat from the meat before you cook it.
Specific problems can be related to not enough (or the wrong type and/or combination) of a single vitamin or mineral. But the proper function of the human body requires the right amounts of ALL the nutrients. You need to have the right amounts in the correct proportions to have all your body systems work at their best. Every vitamin, mineral, amino acid, and fatty acid has hundreds of jobs to do. None of these nutrients can work well if it is not in the right relationship with all of the other nutrients.
You can think of it like a recipe. Your soup will taste good when all the ingredients are there in the right balance. Having too much of some of the spices, or not enough salt, will make a pot of otherwise really good food taste terrible. The same is true for the nutrient “soup” in your body.
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