Our body must have certain nutrients in order to remain strong and healthy. However, our body is unable to manufacturer some of the essential nutrients, therefore, we must derive those from the foods we eat and/or supplements.
Those essential nutrients come from all of the food groups and a balanced diet is needed to obtain these important nutrients each day to promote health and longevity.
Commonly referred to as ‘carbs’ and quite often severely limited in the daily diet. Many people restrict, or eliminate, carbs from their diet out of concerns of gaining weight. Eating carbohydrate-rich foods in moderation is important for getting enough nutrients for the body. Carbs provide the main energy source for the brain and the high-fiber content of carbohydrate-rich foods reduce the risk of heart disease and helps to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.
Protein is the major component of cell structure and is responsible for the building and repair of body tissues. This nutrient is important for health and can be derived from sources other than meat for those who adhere to a vegetarian diet. Legumes, eggs, dairy, fish and meat are good sources of protein and should make up 25-35 percent of our daily caloric intake.
Yes, the body needs a certain amount of fat to provide energy to the body and enable the body to absorb vitamins. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble vitamins and without fat in the diet the body is unable to absorb these needed vitamins. Fats should be derived from healthy sources such as nuts, seeds and avocados, grass fed butter, ghee and coconut and olive oil.
Daily amounts of sunshine each day provides all the vitamin D we need. Citrus fruits, strawberries and peppers provide us with a wealth of vitamin C. Both of these vitamins help build and maintain strong bones, healthy ligaments and blood vessels.
Calcium, potassium and sodium are the ‘Big Three’ in the mineral department that we need each day. Calcium helps build and maintain strong teeth, bones and three daily servings of low fat milk, yogurt and cheese will provide us with this important nutrient. Sodium maintains the fluid level of cells and enables them to function properly. Potassium also helps the cells maintain a proper fluid level and prevents the quick fluctuations in blood pressure.