Some words do not require a definition. You sort of know the meaning without having to check a dictionary. One of those words is nutrient, and it’s something you just know is good for you. By consuming a healthy and balanced diet, you ingest nutrients that provide nutrition for your body.
Two of the most common words in the AIM product catalog are nutrients and nutrition. All AIM whole-food concentrates provide nourishment in keeping with AIM’s Healthy Cell Concept.
Food is the first avenue of the Healthy Cell Concept, providing a common-sense explanation: Our cells need the nutrients from fresh, whole foods as well as high-quality nutritional supplements. Consistent nutrition for your body can improve pH, prevent inflammation and support the immune system.
- Nutrients are classified into six categories: carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, protein and water. Nutrients are also sub-grouped into two broad classifications, macronutrients and micronutrients.
- Macronutrients are energy producers that you need in large amounts: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They provide the fuel your body needs to function.
- Micronutrients are consumed in small amounts and include vitamins and minerals.
- Water is in a nutrient category of its own.
Nutrients are important for three reasons:
1 Carbohydrates, fats and proteins supply the energy required for the multitude of chemical reactions involved in proper functioning of the body. Energy is measured in calories, and fats have more than either carbohydrates or protein. By comparison, one gram of fat has nine calories, whereas each gram of carbohydrates and protein contains only four calories.
2 Minerals, fats and protein are the foundational blocks for building, maintaining and replenishing bones, teeth, organs and tissues. Carbohydrates are broken down by the body into glucose, which provides a source of energy. Excess glucose can end up as fat stored in adipose tissue.
3 All six nutrient categories play a role in regulating body functions that include sweating, temperature, metabolism, blood pressure and thyroid function. Homeostasis is the desired outcome, when all the different functions of the body fueled by nutrients are in balance.
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