Nutrition: the basics

Updated: Oct 19, 2019

Do you feel nutrition is something really complicated to understand? Let us try to help here & explain the basics of nutrition without being too boring or too detailed :)

1. Energy in = Energy out

The food you eat is to your body the gasoline you fuel your car with for a drive.

Meaning that for your body to be balanced, you need to have control over the quantities you take in to balance the energy you spend during your day to day activities. We will see that our bodies are designed to warn us everyday of the right quantities to eat. But keeping our body functioning in this way means we also need to eat the right food.

2. The Quantities

Any food we eat has a different nutritional ID. This nutritional ID is defined by two different things we call Macronutrients and Micronutrients.

Macronutrients consists of Carbs, Protein & Fat that are proportionally different in every food and are proportioned in grams. Macronutrients are the nutrients processed and transformed by our body into energy. So they are the ones coming into the equation Energy in = Energy out.

Micronutrients consists principally of Vitamins, Minerals & Dietary Fibers and are proportioned in milligram or microgram. Micronutrients all have specific role in your body and are important for energy production, immune function, blood clotting and other functions.

And water...a lot of water.

3. The Quality

Each of the macronutrients is present in different forms in the food. Some forms are best than others for your body. Taking in the right form can do good for your body while taking the wrong one can harm you on the long run in very different aspects.

For example, Fat plays an important role in your body functions and can be found of good form (unsaturated) or bad form (trans or saturated). Same goes with carbs, good carbs (whole) vs. bad carbs (refined).

Other than the form, the quality of the products also plays an important role. Especially in terms of vitamins & minerals. Un-processed, fresh and ecological products will have higher nutritional ID quality than others. Therefore, considering the same quantity, a high quality product will provide your body with better intake of vitamins and minerals. So that you get the right micronutrients without the macronutrient (calorie) excess.

4. Listen to your body

Which diet should you go with? high carbs, low fat, Keto, Paleo... None of them, or perhaps all of them?

Everyone's body has different needs and you are the only one who can discover what is best for you.

By choosing wisely the quality of the food you eat and embracing the variety of beans, grains, vegetables & fruits our planet offers us, your are already off for a better health.

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