MICROnutrients vs MACROnutrients

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If you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle, you’re most likely going hard in the gm, avoiding fast food dieting fads, and probably focusing on squeezing more protein into your diet to fill you up and build lean muscle. What you probably haven’t been thinking about….Micro-nutrients. And while it’s common to zoom in on whole grain carbs, “healthy” fats (like olive oil or nuts), and lean protein when trying to conquer weight loss, not as many think about micro-nutrients.

 

Macro-nutrients — such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins — which your body uses as energy in the form of calories. They are required in macro, or much larger, quantities. Their ratios are usually manipulated when forming a dietary philosophy (low-carb, low-fat, 40/30/30). Carbohydrates flood your cells with energy while protein fuels growth and helps with tissue repair, fat gives your organs cushioning and allows your body to absorb so-called “fat-soluble” vitamins A,D,E and K. These micro-nutrients, a term which may sound at first sound complicated, is really just an all-encompassing term for things you are already familiar with — vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and amino acids.

Your body craves micro-nutrients from fresh, whole foods sources to foster growth and keep your metabolism healthy. When the body becomes slightly depleted of any of the essential micro-nutrients, it cannot perform tasks such as proper sleep, or adequate energy. However, when the body is depleted of these micro-nutrients over a longer period of time it can open the door to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. So, what I’m trying to say is when it comes to weight loss, nutrition, and your overall health, don’t underestimate the importance of these micro-BEAST!!!