March 26, 2018

What is bioavailability?

Bioavailability commonly refers to the amount of nutrients our body can derive and absorb from the foods we eat in order to support its normal functions.

Why do I consider bioavailability to be one of the most important factors when customizing a meal plan?

Implementing nutrient bioavailability helps optimize diets and gets my clients “the biggest bang for the buck”.  It helps your body to obtain and absorb the most amount of micronutrients from plants, grains, legumes, herbs, various protein sources, etc.

You usually don’t have to worry about the bioavailability of macronutrients – proteins, fats, carbohydrates – as it is typically very high. On the other hand, there are numerous factors that affect micronutrients bioavailability, i.e. vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.

Among the internal factors that affect nutrient bioavailability are gender, age, life stage, and nutritional status, gastrointestinal factor. The external factors include the source and chemica...

March 6, 2018

We all live different lifestyles, have unalike metabolisms, perform different tasks, and experience different levels of stress on a daily basis. Some of us train for marathons, fitness competitions, professional sports, while others enjoy moderate daily activities or have a sedentary lifestyle altogether. 

There are numerous factors determining our nutritional needs: age, gender, activity levels, body composition, metabolic rate, etc. Knowing your basic nutrient needs is important for maintaining good health and disease prevention.

By following a very low-calorie unbalanced diet you jeopardize your healthy metabolism, create hormonal imbalance, and cause your body irreversible side effects.

So how much food do you really need to eat throughout the day? The truth is, not too much! Ideally, you want to stick to nutrient dense foods, add some functional foods, and follow portion control. You'll deviate sometimes, we are all humans, but as long as your stick to your goal 75% of the time,...

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