Nutrients are the Body’s Ingredients for Health
In this chapter, I am going to review why the nutrients, in which the World’s Healthiest Foods are so concentrated, are essential to your health. You’ll see how they provide so many great benefits and are therefore the key to healthy weight loss and optimal health. Even though most everyone is familiar with the idea of nutrition and nutrients, many people do not really know what nutrients actually do and how they work, including how they contribute to weight loss.
Most people are used to thinking about nutrients in a “this cures that” type of way. This way of thinking is sometimes encouraged by the overly simplified positioning of dietary supplements in the marketplace. Manufacturers often include health claims on their product labels that present relatively simple cause-effect relationships between nutrients and health. For example, a supplement manufacturer might claim that calcium builds strong bones, or that fiber maintains bowel regularity, or that vitamin E supports heart health.
It’s not as if a nutrient waves a magic want and voila…a health problem is fixed. The reason that nutrients are related to the prevention of future health problems and the improvement of existing ones is connected to the role that nutrients play in all of the body’s underlying structures and metabolic activities. They are the resources that our body needs to make and maintain healthy cells. They are the substances that help run our metabolism and allow our body to go about its moment-by-moment physiologic activities.
If you consider the World’s Healthiest Foods as a group, you will discover that their nutrients support every aspect of our metabolic and cellular needs. Not only do they maintain this massive underlying biochemical structure that supports all of our health, but they do so in an optimal way by combining nutrients in their most natural patterns