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Nutrients – What are they and why do you need them?

Each has its own function – Important for everyone!

Nutrient absorption

It’s a well-known fact that good nutrition is important for leading a healthy lifestyle. A well balanced diet will provide your body the essential nutrients to support your daily activities. Nutrient absorption takes place in the digestive system (in your intestines).

Types of nutrients

Nutrients can be categorized into proteins (amino acids), fats, carbohydrates (starch and sugars), and a large number of vitamins and minerals. Other components important for a healthy diet are fiber and water.

Macro and micro

Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are commonly known as macronutrients. Macronutrients are the substances that fuel your body. They are also necessary for building and maintaining your muscles, hormones, organs, enzymes, and blood.

On the other hand, vitamins and minerals are known as micronutrients. Although vitamins and minerals do not provide energy, they are necessary for many essential processes in your body.

Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)

The Health Council has set standard recommended daily doses of vitamins and minerals necessary for leading a healthy life. The suggested doses are called the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). Note that some people may require a higher dosage due to not being able to consumer and/or absorb all nutrients.