Micro vs Macro Nutrients - Do you know the difference

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Macro - food you eat

Micro - the vitamins and minerals your body extracts from the food you eat.

At Health Beyond Hype our goal is to provide you what you need to stay healthy from using high quality food concentrates,  to educating you on why you need them from the holistic standpoint.  You are a   “WHOLE”-listic body where each system relies on each other for support and its ability to function as intended. Your body runs on the macro, micro-nutrients and trace minerals you consume, so understanding the importance of them is essential in knowing how they help keep your body in balance and provide a strong foundation for it to build and thrive on.

Macro-nutrients are the nutrients you need in large amounts and are categorized as Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins.  When you consume foods such as vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, fruits etc. you are fueling your body with Carbohydrates which provides energy through calories; oils, nuts, meats, etc. provide Fats used for long-term energy; and eggs, fish, beans etc. provide Proteins which help the body build, repair and maintain muscle and are the building blocks of the body.   Macro-nutrients are the nutrients you see, smell and taste and can enjoy with a glass of red wine. 

These macro-nutrient foods, also provide micro-nutrients like calcium, iron and the array of vitamins from A-Z and trace minerals like iron, zinc, copper, iodine, manganese that are essential in keeping the body’s electrical pulses running at full speed. These are the ones that you don’t see, smell or taste but are the building blocks in keeping the body in balance and your foundation strong. Macro and Micro-nutrients are extracted from the foods through the digestive process 

The biggest benefit of macro nutrients is the energy they provide the body so it can grow and thrive.  Additional benefits are repairing tissues, maintaining our body’s temperature and fueling physical activity.  This energy comes from foods rich in carbohydrates, protein and fat.  Our body needs more carbohydrates than protein and fat. 

Carbohydrates provide the MAJOR source of energy to fuel our daily activities.  But how does this work?  When you eat carbs your stomach turns on its digestive enzymes to breaks them down into simple sugars which are absorbed into the bloodstream so they can be used for anything from normal cell function to cell growth and repair.  There are good carbs and carbs that aren’t as beneficial to your body, but we’ll save that discussion for another time. 

Proteins are one of the most important substances in your body, they provide the building blocks for the growth of hair, muscles, eyes, organs and repair of tissues.  They are essential in making hormones and enzymes and support the immune function.  Once a protein hits your stomach, hydrochloric acid and enzymes called proteases break it down into smaller chains of amino acids.  Amino acids are joined together by peptides which are broken by proteases.  The digestion of proteins is completed in the small intestine by your pancreatic enzymes.

Fat is essential for your health and wellbeing.  Fats supply energy and fatty acids that the body needs but cannot make such as omega-3.  Fat assists with absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D E and K and carotenoids.  They insulate and protect our vial organs; act as messengers helping proteins do their job.  They also start chemical reactions used for growth, immune function, reproduction and other metabolism functions.  The stomach lining produces acids and enzymes that break down the fats so they can be passed to the small intestine where the majority of fat is digested and nutrients are absorbed.    

Are you following the bouncing ball here…your digestion process has to be in working order for the body to stay in balance.  Unfortunately, as we age this process because weaker and less effective at doing its job because the stomach lining thins resulting in lower levels of HCL (hydrochloric acid) and digestive enzymes which in turns reduces your ability to digest and absorb what is being consumed.  

So, let’s start at the root of these challenges, since that is the underlying theme of our research and teachings.  “You have to deal with the root issue to clear up the symptom”.  The root or source of your macro, micro-nutrients and minerals are provided from the foods you consume and how well the body can digest and assimilate those nutrients into the essential vitamins and minerals to keep the body functioning. 

Since the root starts with the foods you consume, we need to address that first.  Getting nutrient dense “clean” (free from pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, etc) food is your first challenge and one, unless you have your own organic farm, a struggle to accomplish.  Foods from local farms or local farmers markets are better options than grocery stores, but most individuals don’t have these readily available so the majority of food is purchased in grocery stores where foods have been shipped from numerous locations, including other countries to make it to the shelf.  All during this process, packing, shipping, delivery, unloading, and shelving of the product reduces the nutrients that are going to be available once you buy it, get it home, and store it to use it.  Then after cooking it, what are you left with?  Well something less than what your body needs to stay in balance. 

Then comes your second and third challenges, which is digesting the food to extract out what the body can from what is left to salvage to be absorbed into the bloodstream.  As discussed earlier this process has its challenges with age so actually getting enough of what is needed is left with a void, hence the breakdown of your health. 

This is where Health Beyond Hype comes in.  We've done our research and have found the best way to get what the body needs at the core which is the micro-nutrients that support you form the inside out. The key to making all this work of course is the body's ability to actually absorb them through their gut wall.  That is a huge challenge because of how compromised the gut wall can get with the food choices made by the majority of the population.  To solve this issue and make sure my micro-food nutrients could actually make a difference, i was able to develop a delivery system that would work even in a compromised gut.  This delivery system is designed to fortify gut-wall integrity and improve assimilation through the intestines while  being a super-food source for the good bacteria.

I hope this information was educational as it will be referenced in other articles as you work through the organ-gland systems and how to get them and keep them working in your favor.  

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