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Sufficed to say not all nutrients are created equal. However, from macro to micro nutrients they are all function synergistically to provide us with energy, boost our immune system, and most importantly sustain life. In an effort to continue to promote healthier eating habits, we endeavor to highlight some key components of nutrition and how they work in unison for the benefits of our well-being.
As we walk, run, and lift our way to vitality, better health, longevity, and ideal body weight, let's take a look at the six core elements needed for healthy living.
Despite of their negative reputation, carbohydrates are major suppliers of glucose
(stored in the pancreas as glycogen), by far, glucose is the energy form needed to sustain regular daily activities. lack of carbohydrates in one's diet can have a negative impact on the brain: causing a decrease in concentration, dizziness, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. Carbohydrates can be found in plants such as fruits, vegetables, grain products, dry beans and peas.
Known as complex carbohydrates are found in dry beans, peas, potatoes, corn and grain products.
Used to build and repair muscle tissues, complete protein vs. incomplete protein:
Complete Proteins come from animal sources such as meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products (beef and pork product protein are high in saturated fat and cholesterol). Proteins play a major role in developing and repairing bone, skin, and blood cells.
Help as insulation and cushion for vital organs, maintain body temperature, healthy skin and hair, as well as major storage of energy.
-celery, watermelon, lettuce Vitamins:
-oranges, carrots Minerals:
-milk, green, leafy vegetables
-50-60% of the avg. human body is made of water
-blood is 80% water
-the body uses 2-3 quarts of water a day
-Health and Wellness experts agree that one should drink 6-8 cups of water daily. Drink more than 6-8 cups of water per day pre and post exercise (especially in humid and hot weather).
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)