For your body to function properly, you need to give your body six essential nutrients each day. Here’s a quick overview of each one.

1 – Water

Water is the most basic nutrient your body needs. Every single cell in your body needs it to function and up to 70% of our body is made up of water. It helps regulate our body temperature and heart beat, helps the cells deliver energy and is vital in burning fat, just to name a few functions.

Most experts recommend 7-8 glasses of water a day in addition to the five servings of fruits and vegetables we should be eating. Anything with caffeine in it does not count toward your recommended daily allotment since caffeine drinks like coffee and tea expel water from the body. Continue reading

How to Get More Nutrients from Your FoodYou probably know that eating healthy, whole foods is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

The shift back to food-focused nutrition is great because it benefits your health in so many ways that a vitamin cannot. However, there are some steps you can take to maximize the nutrition you get from food.

Plants With Meat

Have you heard about plant sterols? When they’re eaten in the forms of fruits and vegetables they can help reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol and boost your HDL (good) cholesterol. When you eat vegetables with meat, the sterols actually help prevent the LDL cholesterol in meat from entering your blood stream. Continue reading

Daily MultivitaminsThe ads all say you should be taking a daily multivitamin. But, can you trust the ads? After all, they are companies trying to sell a product. So, should you believe what the ads say? Why should you take multivitamins? Is it really that important?

Getting your vitamins and minerals from food rather than supplements is the best method to ensure you are receiving all the nutrients your body needs.

However, there are several reasons this isn’t always going to work. Many of us just don’t eat right, and even when we do eat right, the nutritional levels in the foods we buy may not be as dense as they could be, or used to be. Multivitamins provide an easy way to get the nutrients you may be missing. Continue reading

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