The Nutrients your Body is asking for!

nutritious-food-285x160Have you ever been surprised by the power of your own body? I know I have. Our bodies are capable of performing amazing acts of strength that at times appear to be nonhuman. You may wonder: “How is it possible that people can climb to the top of Mount Everest? How in the world do those runners run miles upon miles and after that run some more miles? How did I complete that long hike?” Well, there are many answers to those questions, but their is one crucial thing that allowed all of those events to happen. Anything that you and I do is made possible because of the fuel we put into our bodies on a daily basis. Now I am not saying that you can just go and climb Mount Everest or run a marathon just by putting the right fuel into your body, those achievements require extreme physical and mental training. However, if you give your body an adequate combination of the right nutrients, you may as well be on that same path to do great things. So here it is, the types of nutrients your body needs to function properly!

Let us begin with the basic nutrients required for good health. The nutrients that are needed for survival are carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, water, and fiber. If your body lacks any one of these, the possibility of becoming severely sick becomes a reality. Here I will describe what each one of the nutrients listed are and what they provide starting with carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide the body with the fuel it needs to function. With this, you have to know that their are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are found in fruits, milk, and plain white sugar. These do not need to be broken down because they are absorbed straight into the bloodstream. Complex carbohydrates, also known as starches, are not absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Once in the body, they must break down into individual glucose molecules. As a result, energy is released at a slower rate. Complex carbohydrates include wheat, corn, rice, potatoes, and oats. Protein is a chain of amino acids. Amino acids are microscopic molecules that act as the building blocks for all cells within our body. Once we have consumed a product containing protein, the protein is then broken down into individual amino acids so that then they could be absorbed into the bloodstream. Foods containing protein include: meat, yogurt, milk, eggs, chicken, fish, nuts, beans, and soybeans. Now onto fats; their are two types: saturated and unsaturated. Saturated fats are normally solid objects such as animal fat and butter. Unsaturated fats are normally liquid. For example, vegetable oil is an unsaturated fat. Fats are used for producing energy, digesting certain vitamins, and constructing cell membranes. Vitamins and minerals are also provided in our food such as vitamin C and calcium. These are present in fruits, milk, and other natural food choices. Next is water, water is the most essential factor of everything that is listed. It keeps our bodies hydrated and ready. The body can only go 3 days without water as opposed to a person going 3 weeks without consuming any food. Last but definitely not least is fiber. Fiber is anything that your body cannot digest. This helps the body stay clean and healthy. High fiber foods include broccoli, black beans, lentils, split peas, Brussels sprouts, and many more.

Make sure to have your daily intake of essential vitamins and nutrients. Your body will definitely thank you for it! If you decide to take care of your body with these foods, you will be rewarded with more energy and a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you for taking the time to read this healthy article,

Matt

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