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The Importance of Nutrient Density for Optimal Health

Calorie Counting May Be Good But Not Enough!

We often hear people say, "I'm counting my calories, so I should be losing weight, right?" But the truth is, our body is not a calculator and calorie counting is not the solution to our health problems.

We are a collection of complicated chemical processes that are heavily reliant on hormones. When we deprive our bodies of essential nutrients, we risk damaging our health in the long run.

When it comes to children, require 35-40 different micronutrients for normal function. Maximising nutrient density should be our main goal when choosing foods. Our bodies require essential fats and essential proteins, which we can get from our foods. While we need small amounts of glucose, there are NO essential carbohydrates. Our bodies are able to convert proteins and fats into glucose as needed through gluconeogenesis.

The brain is the most energy-demanding organ in our body, and it requires fat for survival. Our brains need fat-soluble vitamins and cholesterol for cognitive function, memory, and proper nerve function. Many people fuel their brains with glucose from carbs, but the long-term effects of carbs for energy can be damaging. Fats have twice as much energy as glucose, and they don't have to be processed like glucose to pass into the mitochondria.

Our cell walls are made up of fatty acids, and the better the quality of good fats we consume, the better the health of our cell walls to do their job, which includes bringing in nutrients, releasing energy, and removing waste from the cell. What comes out, in terms of energy and cell waste, can only be as good as what comes in (food). Since every cell structure is made of fatty acids, fat essentially controls everything. If we don’t have proper fats, we don't have proper cells. If we don't have proper cells, we don't have proper function.

Children, their brains use about double the amount of energy compared to an adult's brain every day. Having our children rely on their body's stored energy (fat) allows for clean burning and long-lasting energy. Therefore, kids should eat a high-fat, meat-heavy diet, which is what the growing body prefers.

It's important to note that our bodies aren't forgiving when the nutrient status is depleted. While calorie counting may seem like a good idea at first, it's not ideal in the long run. Calorie counting won't change our complicated chemical processes that are heavily reliant on hormones. Our bodies rebel when we consume very few calories in a day, and it shows up in various ways. We may feel cold all the time, dizzy when we stand up from being seated, have consistent leg cramps at night, hair thinning or falling out, skin not as bright, inconsistent or loss of menstruation, and need to always wear sunglasses when going outside, moody, can't fall asleep or stay asleep, or chronic constipation.

If we continue to undereat, we risk causing eating disorders to grow rampant and other health imbalances. Undereating can cause adrenal imbalances, which are part of the endocrine system that includes the thyroid, pituitary, and sex hormones. If the adrenals are imbalanced, then the other areas are usually imbalanced too.

In a starvation study, prolonged restriction of food negatively impacts mood. Restriction and weight loss can lead to an increase in anxiety and obsessive thoughts. Add coffee to restrict hunger, and we're creating an emotional, anxious cycle.

In conclusion, we need to prioritize nutrient density over calorie counting.

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