What do your cells run on?
Digestion stats, the moment our food hits our mouth. Saliva starts to break down the food, and there is some absorption occurring in the mouth already. As we swallow and the food makes its way to our stomache, acids and enzymes are released to start breaking the food down into its components, ready for absorption. The small intestines then absorb minerals, vitamins and nutrients. The large intestines absorb mainly water, before the waste is expelled.
The minerals, vitamins and nutrients are then pumped in our blood stream all around our body, and directed to the tissues, organs or cells that require this fuel. And the whole process, is coordinated by the nervous system, without you having to do a thing. So do you think that the quality of this fuel is important? You bet!
A calorie is not a calorie
Not all calories are equal. Calories from broccoli, will contain much more minerals, vitamins and nutrients, then calories from a burger, or some chips. That is why we need to make sure the calories or the fuel, that provides our cells with the energy they need to function, are of high quality.
Cells are replaced in cycles. Stomache and skin cells are replace in weeks, while bone cells are replaced every several years. This process is important, to keep the body healthy. In order for these new cells to be produced in the healthiest way, it is important we provide them with the best fuel available.