What Basic Nutrients are Needed to Thrive?

 

By Emily Richmond, ABT, Certified NAET Practitioner

I have been growing veggie starts in my green house and when they started drooping I had to figure out what nutrients they needed. I was pleasantly reminded that plants need what we all need: probiotics, prebiotics to feed the probiotics, trace minerals, vitamins, healthy water and sun. Not too much sun, not too little. They can’t be overly hydrated nor under hydrated. Neither plants nor humans can live to our full potential when there are no nutrients left in our soil, which subsequently impacts the food that grows in our soil. Both plants and humans become less resistant to pathogens like viruses, fungus, and bacteria when we don’t give our structure what it needs to thrive.

No single food contains all the vitamins and minerals we need and, therefore, a balanced and varied diet is necessary for an adequate intake. The more depleted our soils become the more we need to supplement. We can supplement the soil in our own gardens, our plant starts, as well as supplement our bodies.

What Humans Need

  1. Macronutrients – Protein, carbohydrates and fats. Provide us with energy. They are needed in larger quantities than micronutrients and can be received from the calories we consume in our diet.
  2. Micronutrients – Composed of vitamins and minerals.  Processes in your body can only function correctly with the proper balance of minerals.
    1. Vitamins – Required in minute quantities, compared to the macronutrients, they are as vital to health and need to be considered when determining nutrition status.
      1. Each of the 13 vitamins known today have specific functions in the body: vitamin A, provitamin A (Beta‐carotene), vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin K, niacin and pantothenic acid.
    2. Minerals – Inorganic nutrients that also play a key role in ensuring health, well‐being and proper functioning of your body. There are both macrominerals and microminerals (trace minerals) needed in smaller amounts. Some examples of macrominerals are: iron for your blood, sulfur for your muscles, calcium for your bones. Trace minerals are mostly co-factors and are necessary for the function of enzymes in the body. Trace mineral examples are copper, cobalt, chromium, manganese, selenium and zinc.
  3. Hydration – Find out if you are drinking enough water.

Useful Supplements Offered at Boise Natural Health Clinic

  1. Multivitamin– Capsules NOT tablets. More than one a day – Thorne has great multivitamins for all ages. Multivitamins support the immune system to do its job and provide the co-factors needed to support detoxification pathways among many other functions.
  2. Fish Oil DHA/EPA – Carlson’s, Nordic Naturals, Pro Omega Junior for kids. Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids to help with inflammation, brain function.
  3. Probiotics– Multi-strain, at least 5 plus strains of good bacteria, with 5 billion or more organisms, and is refrigerated. HMF powder and BioDoph 7 Plus are offered at our office. Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria that normally live in our digestive system and throughout the body and can help us break down food, absorb nutrients, boost the immune system and create a more balanced microbiome in the digestive tract read more.
  4. Prebiotics – Promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract. Prebiotics are often high-fiber foods such as these.