Category Archives: Nutrition Basics

What’s The Deal With Antioxidants?

Our bodies are constantly running a bunch of biochemical reactions that make us work. We’re converting food to energy using oxygen, converting electrochemical impulses to senses through your nerves, converting excess energy to fat, converting proteins to amino acids back to different proteins. Our bodies are magnificent! With all this metabolic activity taking place, there is bound to be some sort of waste materials our bodies need to get rid of. Most of our metabolic waste is removed through our urine, but there is one type of waste product from all these chemical reactions that does not just flow out of us. Some of our metabolic reactions produce waste molecules called oxidants or free radicals. Continue reading What’s The Deal With Antioxidants?

All About Fiber

Fiber is often treated as a throw away nutrient. It’s so confusing because even the scientists who categorize nutrients cannot decide if to give it it’s own nutrient category or if it belongs under another nutrient. I was lucky because my mother respected and understood fiber. She would say fiber is like a broom that sweeps out the insides of your digestive system. Continue reading All About Fiber

Water – Pure Perfection

People probably don’t realize water is a whole nutrient by itself. It’s that important. Most of our body is made up of water, our blood is mostly water and it is used to transport important nutrients, enzymes, hormones, minerals, blood cells, oxygen, carbon dioxide and waste products around the body. Urine (pee) is mostly water and is used to remove dangerous metabolic waste products from the body. Every cell in our bodies (we have several million of them) is essentially tiny bags of water in which all the chemical reactions Continue reading Water – Pure Perfection

Minerally Speaking

Usually, when you hear “vitamins”, the word “minerals” follows closely behind. That’s because they’re both necessary nutrients your body needs to function well which are tiny, and often overlooked. Minerals, like vitamins, are found in a wide variety of foods. They are even smaller than vitamins and in the world of fitness are often referred to as “electrolytes”. Continue reading Minerally Speaking

The Quick and Dirty On Vitamins

When we think about vitamins, many of us think about vitamin supplements – pills – we take daily. Actually, we get vitamins naturally in many foods we eat. However, some people take multivitamins or specialty vitamin supplements to make sure they are getting enough, just in case their daily meals are not balanced. Continue reading The Quick and Dirty On Vitamins

Proteins In A Nutshell

If our bodies were a city, proteins would be the bricks used to build it. That’s the analogy I often use. It’s an oversimplification but it works to establish the importance of this nutrient. One of proteins’ many functions are as the building blocks of the body. They are the main component of Continue reading Proteins In A Nutshell

About Those Fats

Fat has become a bad word when referring to both food and our bodies. Fat is treated as something we need to avoid at all costs, but when we really understand fat as a nutrient, as having a function in our bodies, we are able to take back some of the power we have given to that word and conscript that power into making healthy decisions for ourselves. Knowledge is power. It’s cliché because it’s true. Continue reading About Those Fats

All About Those Carbs

Carbohydrates are molecules made up of sugars. So let’s start there. Sugars are substances that often taste sweet in their simplest forms and our bodies use them as fuel to make energy. Without energy we can’t move, our muscles won’t work, our brains won’t work and our organs cannot function. So we need Continue reading All About Those Carbs