Six Essential Nutrients

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It’s no secret that good nutrition plays an essential role in maintaining health.  Our body uses food to fulfill our body’s needs for growth, repair and maintenance.  Good nutrition can help prevent disease and promote health and it helps you to achieve general health and well-being.  A well nourished body requires a supply of all the important nutrients known to promote good health. The body requires six essential nutrients on a daily basis to survive. These are:

Carbohydrates – Carbohydrates are found in almost all living things and play a critical role in the proper functioning of the immune system, fertilization, blood clotting, and human development. A deficiency of carbohydrates can lead to impaired functioning of all these systems.

Fats – Fat is a nutrient. It is crucial for normal body function and without it we could not live. Not only does fat supply us with energy, it also makes it possible for other nutrients to do their jobs.

Proteins – Protein plays a vital role in the body, building and maintaining muscles, organs and other tissue. The body’s primary building block for muscle, bone, skin, hair, and many other tissues is protein.

Vitamins – A vitamin is a small molecule that your body needs to carry out a certain reaction. Your body has no way to create vitamin molecules itself, so the vitamin molecules must come in through food that you eat. The human body is known to need at least 13 different vitamins.

Minerals – Minerals are inorganic substances that are found in soil and rocks. They are essential nutrients that the body needs to survive and carry out daily functions and processes. You receive minerals by eating plants that absorb them from the earth and by eating meat from animals, which graze on plants.

Water – Drinking water helps maintain the balance of body fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

Nutrition Recommendations:

  • Eat frequently; Eat every 3-4 hours
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Choose Whole Grains
  • Eat more Fruits and Vegetables
  • Chew your food at least 30 times
  • Avoid “White” foods: sugar, potatoes, white rice, white bread, etc.
  • Eat as much raw food as possible

Eat your G-Bombs Daily, per Dr. Joel Fuhrman:

  • Greens
  • Beans
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Berries
  • Seeds

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