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Eating to Build Energy

As we go through our day our bodies use different nutrients to provide the energy we use. If very active the body needs carbohydrates to supply it energy. Carbohydrates are the first nutrients that the body turns into energy. Proteins allow the body to produce amino acids. These amino acids are important for muscle recovery. Amino acids are found in the body but are an extra necessity for the active. Foods are a way of getting that extra energy each day. There are many different ways to eat to accomplish the energy levels that are needed at different periods of the day. All you have to do is figure out what your lifestyle is and what foods provide the nutrients that will work for you or against you.

Eating to Build Energy

Where to Find Energy Health

Carbohydrates are compounds made up of sugars and are classified by the number of sugar units contained: monosaccharides, such as glucose and fructose contain a single simple sugar. Disaccharides, such as sucrose and lactose, contain more complex sugar structures.
Oligosaccharides and polysaccharides, such as starch, glycogen, and cellulose are the most complex and as such, are the most difficult to break down and transform into energy.

Proteins consist of amino acids joined by peptide bonds, creating an organic nutrient. The body cannot manufacture some of the essential amino acids found in proteins, so the body relies on the diet providing these nutrients. Proteins are broken down through digestion into free amino acids, which the body can then use for energy.

Fats consist of a glycerin molecule with three fatty acids attached.
Fatty acids are un-branched hydrocarbon chains, which basically mean the bonds that connect them make up saturated fatty acids (single bonds) or unsaturated fatty acids (double bonds). Fats are important to help keep cell membranes functioning properly, to insulate body organs against shock, to keep body temperature stable. They also help in maintaining healthy skin, nails and hair. Just like amino acids, the body does not manufacture certain fatty acids, termed essential fatty acids, which must be further supplied by the diet. Fats are basically the reserve store of energy for the body.

Where to Find Metabolism Health

One of the main reasons the substances above create energy is that they supply stored energy, which is broken down by metabolism. When foods are broken down by metabolism, they release their stored energy and transfer that energy to our bodies. Of course, many people start to see a decline in their metabolism as they age, but there are a few substances to focus on to help support and maintain a healthy metabolism for a longer period of time.

Trace elements, salts and ions such as copper and iron are some of the minerals that help make up dietary minerals, which are necessary to assisting your metabolism. Vitamins are a key to a healthy metabolism. As organic compounds, they usually act as coenzymes or cofactors to help break down various proteins in the body.

Water is the universal solvent, which means it helps break down almost every thing our body throws at it. Since our bodies are made up of over 70% water, it only makes sense that this is an essential part to maintaining a healthy metabolism.

If you understand what makes up the energy you store and how it breaks down in the body as useable parts then you will know what and how to eat to find the maximum energy your lifestyle needs. It can be daunting but there are abundant resources that can help in your struggle to find the answers. Your family doctor or even your gym trainer can be of assistance in helping to determine a plan that is right and healthy.

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