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Nutrient Absorption: 7 steps to improve our nutrition

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Before beginning a journey of expanding awareness through micronutrients (vitamins and minerals – click here to read about micronutrients) it is important to understand how the process of food digestion and absorption, transport and use of nutrients works.

  1. Chewing: Foods should be chewed thoroughly with the teeth to moisten them with the saliva produced and facilitate their passage through the esophagus (avoid consuming liquids when eating solids and vice versa).
  2. Digestion: When the salivated foods arrive to the stomach they mix with the gastric juices breaking down the components so they can be absorbed.
  3. Absorption: then they reach the small intestine where they mix with bile, pancreatic juice and intestinal juices to finish digestion and initiate absorption (avoid the use of laxatives as they may reduce the absorption of some minerals).
  4. Transport: When absorbed in the walls of the small intestine, the nutrients are transported by the blood to the cells that need them.
  5. Usage: lipids turn into triglycerides. They can be transformed into the liver and deposited in adipose tissue as a reserve of energy. Carbohydrates are transported as glucose to generate energy. And the amino acids of the proteins go into the general circulation to synthesize structural proteins and enzymes.

As we see, nutrition is an integration of various mechanical and chemical processes. It is important that we give our body what it takes to maintain its chemical balance by avoiding overeating. For some people the consumption of gluten can compromise the process of nutrient absorption, so it is important to moderate their consumption. We can follow these 7 steps to improve nutrient absorption:

  1. Avoid overeating in any type of food.
  2. Consume liquid and solids separately.
  3. Prefer the consumption of animal proteins with vegetables or cereals and grains with vegetables. Avoid including animal protein, cereals and grains in the same meal.
  4. Avoid foods that manifest any adverse reaction in the body.
  5. Give preference to natural foods (fruits, vegetables, cereals).
  6. Mineralize the water by adding a little baking soda, sea salt and lemon.
  7. Consume nuts and seeds (germinated if possible).

The human body is an extraordinary machine. Each cell has its function and at the same time is part of the whole. Let’s create new habits to better treat our cells and keep our bodies healthy.

Love,
Ángel

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Extra Energy: 7 carbohydrates for a perfect health

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We’ve already read about the importance of the proteins on our diet, for they’re responsible for the cell regeneration (click here to read full article), what makes its intake to be essential.

Let’s learn a little more about carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are other important macronutrient for the body. In the book Human nutrition in the developing world (available in English at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – FAO website), Professor, Michael C. Latham says that carbohydrates are compounds containing carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They are burned during metabolism to produce energy, liberating carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O). The carbohydrates in the human diet are mainly in the form of starches and various sugars. Carbohydrates can be divided into three groups:

  • monosaccharides, e.g. glucose, fructose, galactose;
  • disaccharides, e.g. sucrose (table sugar), lactose, maltose;
  • polysaccharides, e.g. starch, glycogen (animal starch), cellulose.

Carbohydrates represent energy for the body. A smart way of consuming carbohydrates would be by identifying which of them are richer in micronutrients and better taken by people’s body according to the blood type diet. Let’s see a list of 7 foods, that raise our bodies’ energy and nutrition levels, below:

  1. Brown Rice
  2. Walnuts
  3. Grapes
  4. Macadamia nuts
  5. Pineapple
  6. Pear
  7. Flaxseed

Simple foods can really improve our cells function and, consequently, our bodies’. Let’s invest on our nutrition for keeping our perfect health.

Love,
Ángel

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4 steps to expand nutritional consciousness

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All our lives we have been used to eat in an “inherited” way set by our family or culture. In some cases we know the reason, which may or may not be real and useful for ourselves

The view I bring today is checking how our feeding is in this moment so we can understand it and transform it into nutrition.

When we become aware that food contains macronutrients (carbohidrates, proteins and lipids) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), we start to see the relevance of knowing what we eat.

Our bodies need vitamins, minerals and water so they can work properly. That’s the main goal of nutrition, giving what the body needs through food, that is the most efficient way of increasing the availability of macro and micronutrients to each of our cells (click here to read the text about nutrients and cell regeneration).

It’s necessary to know the reason why we follow certain diet, and by diet I mean feeding (or nutritional) habits we have, because, only then, we identify the necessity of transforming habits that can bring about balance and high energy to our bodies (click here to read the text about more energy through carbohydrates)..

The next steps connect us to our own consciousness. Remember that each food reacts differently in each body, that’s why it’s important to learn how to get our own body signals. As we know ourselves better we get better results through nutrition. Let’s follow this:

  1. Consuming more natural than processed food. Natural food contains more micronutrients, and these, in turn, are better absorbed by the body.
  2. Consuming food without mixing to determine if what we’re eating is good for our bodies.
  3. Consuming the most part of the food before noon, eat a little and, at least, 3 hours before bed time.
  4. Consuming liquids and solids, at least, 1 hour apart.

I invite you to do the test, send this post to any one who could be interested and share your own results to motivate other people through your own example.

I’ve been following these steps to keep my body healthier, it makes me feel like I have more energy, and my sleep quality and the speed of my digestion process have improved. If you’ve already done this, What have you felt by changing this habits? (click here to read the article about energy and nutrients through healthy fats)

Love,
Ángel

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