Saturday, April 17, 2010

What is “Healthy Nutrition” ?

What is “Healthy Nutrition” ?

Healthy Nutrition, also known as “Good Nourishment”, on the other hand, is attained only when our universe of trillions of body cells obtain (via “The River of Life” which is the approximate 5 liters of Blood running through our arteries, veins and capillaries) – the right provision of all the materials, called Nutrients, that they (the cells) need in the form of food, to support Life.

Let’s do an inventory of all the Nutrients we constantly need to “be healthy”, which are : the macronutrients Protein (or its building blocks, Amino Acids), Carbohydrates, Fats, Essential Fatty Acids, Fiber and Water (the largest component of our body), combined with the macrominerals ( Calcium, Chloride, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Sulfur) and the microminerals called “Trace minerals”, which are required in addition to the CHON (Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen), the four elements most commonly present in living organisms . Our body cells inexorably also need a daily supply of the 13 Vitamins ( A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7 (Biotin), B9 (Folic Acid), B12, C, D, E and K ), and of the micronutrients called Antioxidants and Phytochemicals (“phyto” means plant) - derived from herbs, fruits and vegetables, as well as of the Intestinal Bacterial flora - keepers called Probiotics (acidophilus, bifidus, etc.) and Prebiotics (those that feed the probiotics, which are called FOS - fructooligosaccharides).

All these nutrients are constantly needed by our body to perform at its best, and we must try to obtain them daily from the food we eat and drink and/or from our nutritional supplementation resources ; otherwise, in the case of our children, they run the risk of developing injurious impact on their health. Besides not allowing them to become fully develop both physically and mentally, this situation if left untreated and thus unresolved, may bring disease and future health-threatening conditions to our youngest population (e.g. Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome), and may lead them to developing chronic infirmities (like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis) that will seriously deteriorate their present and future quality of health and life.

Therefore, we must prevent this from happening by assisting them from an early age with the nutritional supplementation their bodies so much need in order to attain better health.

Dr. Augusto Agostini
Ph. D. in Nutrition

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