Wellness of Life--Simple Definitions

What are Calories?

A calorie is the measure of how much energy is in food. Some foods have lots of calories in them, some have a little. If there aren’t enough calories in the food you eat, your body will not have the energy in it to run well, If there are too many calories, the extra will be stored as fat.

What are Proteins?

Proteins are the body’s building blocks. Nearly everything in the body has protein in it. Protein is found in meat, eggs, poultry, fish, nuts, and beans.

What is Gas?

There are millions of friendly bacteria living in your intestines. They eat tiny amounts of the parts of food you can’t absorb. When bacteria digest this fiber, they give off gas. Which collects in your intestines until it is released.

What are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy. They are found in starchy vegetables, fruits, potatoes, rice , pasta , breads and sugars.

What are Fats?

Fats are used by the body to make parts of each cell. Fat is also a very powerful source of energy. Fat is found in meats, milk , cheese, eggs, butter, vegetable oils, ands nuts.

What is Fiber?

Fiber keeps your digestion running smoothly. Some is digested and helps balance the nutrients in your blood. The rest is eliminated at the end of the digestion. Fiber is found in fresh fruits and vegetables.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and Minerals act as messengers and helpers inside your cells. They help change food into energy and keep your body healthy. They are found in most foods in small amounts. Supplementation is necessary.

Water

Your body’s cells are made of over half water. Water is an important part of your blood, saliva, and other body fluids. Your body needs water to work.