Going natural is, as of current, like a fad in the way that celebrity diet plans are. The more content you see of it on social media, the wider its reach spreads by influencing people to, well, go natural.
That means less to no fast food, junk food and basically anything process and artificial. Now, it might sound like an easy feat to conquer and perhaps for some, it is. However, in a world where the market is saturated with artificially processed food, the consumer tends to gravitate towards that which he sees most frequently. And, gradually, becomes used to it.
But when we do get to start this path of boycotting fast food and the like, we also need to know what types of food we actually should take in so that our bodies are not only junk-free but are healthy as well.
According to its dictionary definition, nutrition is the science and the process wherein the body breaks down food it consumes and through this, acquires nutrients that will help bodily systems and functions be healthy and be filled with nourishment for growth and maintenance.
What we’re trying to say is that nutrition isn’t simply about avoiding the wrong stuff, although that’s definitely a part of it. Likewise, nutrition doesn’t have a goal of making your body look good, which is merely its result.
Nutrition is about having the right amount of the right food on a constant basis and making this practice a part of your lifestyle.
Nutrients: Macrnutrients And Micronutrients
We’re gonna get scientific here, precisely because nutrition is in itself a scientific process. But don’t suddenly get allergic to the terms we’re about to let you delve into. We need to know what nutrition is, and we need to know its factors to help us achieve ultimate nutrition goals.
Nutrients are substances that are essential in keeping an organism alive, healthy and properly nourished. And the levels as well as the types of nutrients needed may vary per age group. The food that we partake off are the source of nutrients. Similarly, whether we are aware of it or not, our bodies immediately process them and, the simplest explanation we can come up with, divides what’s broken down into nutrients and excesses.
1. Nutrition: Macronutrients
From the word “macro” which means “large,” macronutrients are kinds of food that our bodies need in large quantities. These are mainly the big three: Fats, Proteins, And Carbohydrates.
We’ll take you back to grade school with these pointers. Our bodies need fat. Yes, you heard it right! A certain amount of fat, that is, to aid in cell functioning, absorption of vitamins and the like. Nuts, whole eggs, cheese, and avocados are your go-to for healthy fats. Stay away from that fast food joint you love so much!
Fast food is loaded with fats, that, we agree with. But those are usually unhealthy fats that, instead of being utilized by our bodies, get stored and turn into unwanted weight and flab. Yup, we said it.
2. Nutrition: Micronutrients
The opposite of macronutrients, micronutrients are food items that we need to have and can have in small amounts. We’re talking about minerals, phyto-elements, essential amino acids, and other vitamins. Similarly, these are called micronutrients but we must not overlook them. Here, you can add leafy green vegetables to your list. Also, pumpkins, carrots, and turnips are to be added onto the list as well (even they’re not leafy, nor are they green).