When we hear the word nutrition, we often think of healthy foods. But healthy foods are really part of the diet. Individual cells can only benefit from good nutrition if the foods in the diet are broken down into building blocks small enough to absorb. These nutritional building blocks must then be distributed throughout the body, absorbed by cells, and metabolized, with crucial nutrients assimilated into the cellular machinery and waste products eliminated. In other words, diet is what we eat, but nutrition is what our cells and tissues actually receive.
Nutrients pass through six separate and distinct stages as our body works to support nutrition in each cell. Each of these stages must operate efficiently to attain optimum nutrition for the entire body. Even a slight breakdown in one of the stages could reduce our chances for optimal health.
A good diet is the first step to ensuring our bodies receive the proper balance of nutrients necessary for optimal health. Diet consists of all the foods, liquids, and supplements that we consume daily.
Our diets sometimes fall short of the nutritional ideal. Supplementation can go a long way towards filling dietary “gaps.”
Digestion begins with chewing and includes the action of acids and enzymes. It is the process by which complex foods are broken down into simple substances that the body can use for energy and support of cells and tissues. For instance, lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates are broken into fatty acid, amino acid, and simple sugar building blocks, respectively.
Absorption is the process by which the products of digestion - simple sugars, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, etc. - pass through the lining of the intestinal wall and are taken directly into the body’s circulatory system. While most nutrients are taken directly into the bloodstream, lipids and lipid-soluble nutrients take a less direct path to the circulatory system. These nutrients are first absorbed into the circulation via the lymphatic system.
Transporting the absorbed nutrients to each cell of the body is the role of the circulatory system. We may be eating properly, digesting properly and absorbing nutrients properly, but if our circulation is impaired, nutrients may not reach their cellular destinations.
Assimilation is the delicate process by which nutrients are passed through the membranes which surround each living cell. For the body’s cells to grow, repair, and rebuild themselves, proper assimilation is essential. For this process to take place, cells - especially their membranes - must be healthy. Many scientists believe that aging of organs and tissues occurs when cells deteriorate faster than the body can repair them. Proper assimilation of nutrients is essential for cellular repair.
The final stage of nutrition is the efficient elimination of wastes from the body. Elimination begins at the cellular level and is completed through many other metabolically-active areas such as the skin, kidneys, lungs, and colon. It is essential that wastes are completely and regularly eliminated from the body.
Just as all the nutrients used by the body are utilized in combinations, the Six Stages of Nutrition are interrelated. Each one influences the activities of the others.
Our diets sometimes fall short of the nutritional ideal. The goal of NeoLife’s nutritional supplement programme is to improve the overall quality of the diet so that the basic nutrients important for good health are available in abundance and in balance every day. Supplementation can go a long way towards filling dietary “gaps.”
Just as all the nutrients used by the body are utilized in combinations, the Six Stages of Nutrition are interrelated. Each one influences the activities of the others. Each NeoLife product is formulated to provide essential nutrients and optimal support of one or more of the vital Six Stages of Nutrition.