Spirit Science 33_5 ~ Nutrition Basics

In this Spirit Science episode, we dive even deeper into the specifics of nutrition and break down the three main categories of nutrients, and then the various subgroups within each one.

Patchman explains there are three main nutrient groups: Macronutrients, Micronutrients and Phytonutrients.

Macronutrients are the class of chemical compounds that humans consume the largest portions of. These are carbs, proteins, and fats. Patchman explains the use and function of these macronutrients in great detail throughout the video.

Then we have Micronutrients. The most common form of Micronutrients are vitamins, which assist our cells to create energy. There are six main vitamin groups which include A, B, C, E, D, K and B vitamins like B-12. Each vitamin supports a specific part and function in our body, all of which are vitally important to keep balanced.

The other form of Micronutrients is minerals, right off the well known periodic table. The main 7 that we ingest the most are sodium, potassium, chloride, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and sulfur. Just like the vitamins, each mineral supports different aspects of the human body, everything from creating healthy bones, boosting our immune system and stabilizing our mood.

Finally, we have Phytonutrients. These are living plant compounds that exist in their own category because they aren’t actually related to carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins or minerals. Some of the amazing benefits of consuming Phytonutrients include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, repairing damaged DNA, enhancing intercellular communication and much more!

Phytonutrients can be found in most colorful plant foods, whole grains, spices, herbal teas, and almost all plant-based food!

Patchman goes onto the create the connection between disease and being nutritionally deficient. When we don’t provide the nutrients our bodies need to function optimally, they pull energy and vitamins from other organs to try and balance itself out.

Listening to your body and providing it the healthiest options, getting the best nutrition available, will immensely boost your health, energy levels, and even mental clarity!



The types of nutrient groups


The meat didn’t fuel brain growth the way the media presents
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgmfRUwqGy4
Article: http://evolvinghealthscience.blogspot.com/2012/12/why-you-can-all-stop-saying-meat-eating.html
Article 2: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/science/for-evolving-brains-a-paleo-diet-full-of-carbs.html

TED-Ed: How do carbohydrates impact your health?

Harvard – All about Carbohydrates

Simple vs. Complex Carbs

TED-Ed – What is a Calorie

All About Proteins

Harvard – Protein Requirements

TED-Ed – What are Fats

Dr. Mercola – Cholesterol

Dr. Esselstyn’s “Make Yourself Heart Attack Proof”

Oil: The Vegan Killer

Michael Kapler, MD – Olive Oil is not Healthy

Study on the Effects of Coconut Oil

American Heart Association – Coagulation Factor 7 and Oil Study

Harvard & Howard LeWine M.D – Fish Oil

University of Aukland & Nature.com – Study on Fish Oil

WebMD – Vitamin Overview

TED-Ed – How do Vitamins Work?

The Vitamin B12 Debate
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3j80WpjM0M
Article – http://www.vibrancyuk.com/B12.html

SFGate – What Minerals do we need

LiveScience – All about Phytonutrients

Wikipedia – Nutritional Disease

Livestrong.com – Malnutrition & Disease

Dr. Axe – Vitamin C Deficiency

McCormick, William J. MD & Klenner, Frederick R. MD
Healing with Massive Doses of Vitamin C

Weil, Andrew M.D – Best time to take Supplements

Psychology Today – Vitamin C the Stress Buster

Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson Haas

Saul, Andrew W. Ph.D
Food Matters, 2008

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