If you’re like most people, chances are your nutrition education in school was minimal. A pyramid or a plate may have been mentioned, but what about all the other benefits of eating whole foods? There are so many "foods" available now that have synthetic, unnatural, and unhealthy ingredients that are offered without warnings and it can be hard to tell just how bad they are for you. You may not know it, but eating real food is one of the secrets to longevity. Let’s dive right in and discuss the power of macronutrients, micronutrients, and phytonutrients!
The Power of Macronutrients
The first thing to understand about eating real food is that it contains different types of macronutrients. Macronutrients are substances that provide energy and help with growth, development, and other bodily functions. They include protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Eating a balance of these macronutrients helps to keep your body functioning optimally and can help prevent disease.
The Power of Micronutrients
Micronutrients are also important when it comes to eating whole foods. These are vitamins and minerals that play an essential role in physical health. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains will ensure that you get a good mix of micronutrients every day. Additionally, adding some healthy sources of fat like nuts and seeds will further increase your micronutrient intake.
The Secret to Longevity: Phytonutrients
Finally, let’s talk about phytonutrients which are plant compounds found in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds that have powerful antioxidant properties. They can help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals – molecules produced by our bodies as a result of toxins in the environment or foods, as well as stress. Phytonutrients help reduce inflammation as well as the risk for chronic illnesses like heart disease or cancer. This means that consuming phytonutrients on a daily basis can help promote healthy aging!
By now it should be clear why eating whole foods is so important for longevity. Not only do they contain three types of macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, & proteins), but they also contain an abundance of micronutrients (vitamins & minerals), and phytonutrients (antioxidants) necessary for optimal physical health & wellbeing. So if you're looking to stay feeling young & vibrant while reducing your risk for chronic illness then start incorporating more real food into your diet today! Holistic moms everywhere know how amazing you can feel when you eat well - so take the plunge and discover this secret for yourself!
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