Spirit Science 33_5 ~ Nutrition Basics

In this Spirit Science episode, we dive even deeper into the specifics of nutrition and break down the three main categories of nutrients, and then the various subgroups within each one.

Patchman explains there are three main nutrient groups: Macronutrients, Micronutrients and Phytonutrients.

Macronutrients are the class of chemical compounds which humans consume the largest portions of. These are carbs, proteins and fats. Patchman explains the use and function of these macronutrients in great detail throughout the video.

Then we have Micronutrients. The most common form of Micronutrients are vitamins, which assist our cells create energy. There are six main vitamin groups which include A, B, C, E, D, K and the B vitamins like B-12. Each vitamin supports a specific part and function in our body, all of which are vitally important in keep balanced.

The other form of Micronutrients are minerals, right off the well known periodic table. The main 7 that we ingest the most are sodium, potassium, chloride, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and sulphur. Just like the vitamins, each mineral supports different aspects of the human body, everything from creating healthy bones, boosting our immune system and stabilizing our mood.

Finally, we have Phytonutrients. These are living plant compounds that exist in their own category because they aren’t actually related to carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins or minerals. Some of the amazing benefits of consuming Phytonutrients include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, repairing damaged DNA, enhancing intercellular communication and much more!

Phytonutrients can be found in most colorful plant foods, whole grains, spices, herbal teas and almost all plant based food!

Patchman goes onto the create the connection between disease and being nutritionally deficient. When we don’t provide the nutrients our bodies need to function optimally, they pull energy and vitamins from other organs to try and balance itself out.

Listening to your body and providing it the healthiest options, getting the best nutrition available, will immensely boost your health, energy levels and even mental clarity!

The types of nutrient groups
http://www.nutritionqed.com/blog/2015/03/macro-micro-phyto

Meat didn’t fuel brain growth the way the media presents
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgmfRUwqGy4
Article: http://evolvinghealthscience.blogspot.com/2012/12/why-you-can-all-stop-saying-meat-eating.html
Article 2: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/science/for-evolving-brains-a-paleo-diet-full-of-carbs.html

TED-Ed: How do carbohydrates impact your health?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxzc_2c6GMg

Harvard – All about Carbohydrates
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/

Simple vs. Complex Carbs
http://www.diabetes.co.uk/nutrition/simple-carbs-vs-complex-carbs.html

TED-Ed – What is a Calorie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEQaH4LruUo

All About Proteins
https://www.livescience.com/53044-protein.html

Harvard – Protein Requirements
http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-much-protein-do-you-need-every-day-201506188096

TED-Ed – What are Fats
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhUrc4BnPgg

Dr. Mercola – Cholesterol
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/30/cholesterol-levels.aspx

Dr. Esselstyn’s “Make Yourself Heart Attack Proof”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYTf0z_zVs0

Oil: The Vegan Killer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbtwwZP4Yfs

Michael Kapler, MD – Olive Oil is not Healthy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGGQxJLuVjg

Study on the Effects of Coconut Oil
http://tinyurl.com/zmlgcgq

American Heart Association – Coagulation Factor 7 and Oil Study
http://atvb.ahajournals.org/content/17/11/2904.long

Harvard & Howard LeWine M.D – Fish Oil
http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/fish-oil-friend-or-foe-201307126467

University of Aukland & Nature.com – Study on Fish Oil
https://www.nature.com/articles/srep07928

WebMD – Vitamin Overview
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/tc/vitamins-their-functions-and-sources-topic-overview#1

TED-Ed – How do Vitamins Work?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISZLTJH5lYg

The Vitamin B12 Debate
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3j80WpjM0M
Article – http://www.vibrancyuk.com/B12.html

SFGate – What Minerals do we need
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/minerals-human-body-needs-5555.html

LiveScience – All about Phytonutrients
https://www.livescience.com/52541-phytonutrients.html

Wikipedia – Nutritional Disease
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutrient
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malnutrition

Livestrong.com – Malnutrition & Disease
http://www.livestrong.com/article/167968-diseases-caused-by-malnutrition-in-children/

Dr. Axe – Vitamin C Deficiency
https://draxe.com/vitamin-c-foods/

McCormick, William J. MD & Klenner, Frederick R. MD
Healing with Massive Doses of Vitamin C
http://www.doctoryourself.com/vitaminc.html

Weil, Andrew M.D – Best time to take Supplements
https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/supplements-remedies/best-time-to-take-supplements/

Psychology Today – Vitamin C the Stress Buster
https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200304/vitamin-c-stress-buster

Staying Healthy with Nutrition by Elson Haas
http://amzn.to/2sxmPiA

Saul, Andrew W. Ph.D
Food Matters, 2008

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3 Comments
  • Lillian
    Posted at 17:17h, 14 August Reply

    Thank you for sharing the info =) Always awesome!

  • Oscar
    Posted at 07:15h, 27 July Reply

    Excellent one as always! Thank you for your work and research. Do you guys have any source of dietetic program for kids and babies? Even for adults to follow?

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