body is a unique organism the functions entirely on its own. The chemical
composition of the body is so extraordinary that everyday scientists and
researches learn new processes, substances, and reactions that occur within the
body. One of the many extraordinary aspects of the human body includes the
ability to synthesize its own substances. These elements also known as non
essential nutrients are produced by the body and used in the body. However, not
all the synthesized substances are produced in adequate amounts. These are
called essential nutrients because even though the body can produce small
amounts of the elements it still needs additional resources from outside the
body. Furthermore the substances that the body cannot manufacture such as
vitamins and minerals have to be introduced through food sources otherwise the
body lacks essential nutrients.
essential nutrients that the body requires are vitamins, dietary minerals,
essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids. In addition water and oxygen
are required to sustain life and cannot be created adequately within the body,
however most often than not they are not included in the list of essential
nutrients. Essential nutrients are substances that enrich the body by building
and repairing tissues, providing energy and heat and regulating metabolism. If
just one of these essential nutrients is missing then certain functions within
the body will deteriorate until they stop working. Most often the initial signs
of deficiencies are missed, however overtime the symptoms grow.
to the American lifestyle deficiencies are becoming more and more frequent.
Junk food, fast food, high fat content and processed sugars run rampant within
the diets of Americans. Foods that are high in fat, sugar or grease don’t have
any of the essential nutrients that the body needs. This has led to the
increase of disease, obesity and death within our society. Natural and organic
foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein are all
excellent sources of essential nutrients and should be consumed on a daily
basis as part of a balanced diet. If you are concerned about your diet or want
to learn if you have any nutritional deficiencies contact your medical
provider. Nutritionists, chiropractic physicians, acupuncturists, herbalists
and other medical professions can determine if you are nutritionally deficient. They can set you up with meal planning,
nutritional supplementation and guidance to help alleviate these problems.
supplementation is one of the fastest growing health markets available today.
One of the reasons is that nutritional supplementation although regulated by
the FDA; they do not fall under the same guidelines as conventional food and
drugs. Therefore manufacturers are required to market safe supplements but are
not required to register their products with the FDA. Nutritional supplementation
is a great way to decrease your symptoms of deficiency, improve your health and
regulate body function. However finding the appropriate supplementation is
important. Always check with your physician before taking a nutrition
supplementation. Check the ingredients to make sure you are not allergic and to
make sure there are no additives that could be harmful to you. Not all
nutritional supplements will have the same effect on every person.
Although it is ok to take an overabundance in some essential nutrients because
the body will excrete the extra amount, however other nutrients can be harmful
in extra large amounts therefore it is important to make sure you need to be
taking the supplement before you waste your time and money. A simple blood test
can determine the most common deficiencies.