Basic Nutrients

Putting the “Pro” in Probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria and other microorganisms that help our bodies get the most out of our foods during digestion. There are five bacteria and/or yeasts that are considered “good” bacteria, hence the name “probiotic.” The most common probiotics are bifidobacterium, lactobacillus, and saccharomyces boulardii, which is a yeast. These microbiome bacteria and yeast balance… Read more »

National Nutrition Month: Antioxidants

The immune system is constantly working to destroy threats inside the body. The ones you’re probably most aware of are bacteria and viruses. However, your body is also fighting off free radicals. Free radicals get inside healthy cells and weaken them, which makes your body more susceptible to illness and chronic diseases like cancer. The… Read more »

Eating for Energy: Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients for keeping your body healthy. It’s common feel tired during the day, which may be a result of not getting enough vitamins and minerals. Eating a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy, and protein ensures that your body gets a variety of these nutrients to work… Read more »

Heart Healthy Habits: Tips to Reduce Sneaky Sodium

While sodium is a necessary nutrient that bodies need to function, it’s easy to get more than the body needs on a daily basis. Ideally, adults should get no more than 1500 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day. That limit can be easy to reach, because sodium can be found in unlikely places: packaged foods,… Read more »

Nutrition Facts Label Updates Explained: Vitamin D and Potassium

The Nutrition Facts label got a few updates this year. Two important additions based on modern scientific research are the daily values of vitamin D and potassium. Vitamins A and C are no longer required to be on the label, but companies can add them voluntarily.  But, why the change? Research has shown that Americans… Read more »

Nutrition Basics of Water

In our previous post about the 6 Basic Nutrients, we gave a short description of the macronutrient water. Today, we’ll go into more detail about water, its functions in the body, and some information about different strategies to drink enough water. 

Nutrition Basics of Carbohydrates

In our previous post about the 6 Basic Nutrients, we gave a short description of the macronutrient carbohydrates. Today, we’ll go into more detail about carbs, their functions in the body, sources of carbohydrates, and some information about different diets that focus on carb intake. 

Nutrition Basics of Protein

In our previous post about the 6 Basic Nutrients, we gave a short description of the macronutrient protein. Today, we’ll go into more detail about protein, its functions in the body, sources of protein, and some information about different diets that focus on protein intake.

Nutrition Basics of Fat

In our previous post about the 6 Basic Nutrients, we gave a short description of the macronutrient fat. Today, we’ll go into more detail about the different types of fat, the functions of fat in the body, sources of fat in our diets, and some information about different diets that focus on fat intake.

The Six Basic Nutrients

In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’re going to get down to the basics of nutrition and talk about the different types of nutrients and what they do in our bodies. This will be the first in a series of posts about each nutrient our bodies need to function. So while we normally focus on… Read more »