Nutrients and Why Your Body Needs Them

March 19, 2019 6:21 pm

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Nutrients are necessary for the body to function properly. The six essential nutrients include carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water.

Carbohydrates: are the main energy source for the brain. Without carbohydrates, the body could not function properly. Sources include fruits, breads and grains, starchy vegetables and sugars.

Protein: is the major structural component of cells and is responsible for the building and repair of body tissues. Protein is broken down into amino acids, which are building blocks of protein.

Fat: is an energy source that when consumed, increases the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins including vitamins A, D, E and K.

Vitamins: Vitamin C is necessary for the synthesis of collagen, which provides structure to blood vessels, bone and ligaments. Vitamin D helps to maintain calcium homeostasis. It can be found in food sources or synthesized by the sun.

Minerals: Sodium helps to maintain fluid volume outside of the cells and helps cells to function normally. Potassium maintains fluid volume inside and outside of cells and prevents the excess rise of blood pressure with increased sodium intake. Calcium helps to maintain and build strong bones and teeth.

Water: helps to maintain homeostasis in the body and transports nutrients to cells. Water also assists in removing waste products from the body.

So why do you need Nutrients? They provide energy, they are necessary for body structures and they regulate body function. When the body lacks a necessary nutrient it will manifest itself in a symptom such as a rash or ill feeling such as a headache.

Want to know more? Join our Healthy Habits workshop on March 26th at 6pm. Dr. Andy Dubois will be discuss a diet that focuses on natural whole foods sustains your mental and physical well-being, aids in disease prevention, and helps you maintain an ideal weight. Learn the importance of a healthy gut and how consuming the right nutrients can lead to better skin, more energy and stronger health.

To learn more or register call 978-825-0040 or email