According to Natural Health Perspective, nobody absorbs 100% of all nutrients consumed, due to bioavailability issues. Foods, and supplements, are never completely digested to the point of releasing all of their nutrient and toxin content to the human body. The mere fact that everyone should have several bowel movements a day indicates that our bodies do not utilize much of what we eat.
Trying to calculate quantitatively how much of each known nutrient you are getting out of your diet is both a waste of time and impossible to do. It is recommended that you do not try to quantify your intake of specific micronutrients from your diet.
Highlights of Bioavailability of Nutrients – The Nutrition of Micronutrients:
- Good nutrition from eating a healthy diet is the foundation of the biomedical model of natural health.
- Any change in your diet, however small, that improves your natural health is a step in the right direction.
- Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and water.
- Micronutrients do not provide any energy to the body.
- You improve your nutrition and natural health by choosing to eat healthier foods than you are currently eating.
Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and water. Macronutrients are carbohydrates, proteins, fats and individual fatty acids. Micronutrients do not provide any energy to the body, while macronutrients primarily provide the body with energy.
Toxins contained in food are a pretty open-ended concept. You should think of toxins as being any possible “food negative.” Certainly, a toxin would include heavy metals like aluminum, arsenic, mercury, and lead. Food negatives and toxins include other things like goitrogens, oxalates and even Maillard reactions introduced by browning foods during the cooking process.
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Protein, the macronutrient necessary for proper growth and function of the human body, can be found in protein-packed plants that one can thrive upon! Do you know about high-protein profiles in spirulina and chlorella? Here comes your “potent” nutrition!
Plant-based foods are virtually free from cholesterol and often high in fiber; plus, they alkalize the body, whereas animal products and byproducts are devoid of fiber, acidify the body and can leach calcium from your bones. Also, you don’t have to decrease oxygen levels in your blood; just choose raw vegetables and quinoa instead of meat.
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