Optimizing Our Bodies For #StrongEnergy

"Digestion and absorption of nutrients in food use 5 to 10 percent of your daily energy stores to produce more energy..."

Complex carbs are key for sustained energy throughout the day, while too many sugary snacks can lead to energy crashes. Juggling the responsibilities of work, life, and family can cause too little sleep, too much stress, and too little time. Even when you're at your busiest, you should never cut corners when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Your body needs food to function at its best and to fight the daily stress and fatigue of life.

Our energy comes from the foods we eat and the liquids we drink. The three main nutrients used for energy are carbohydrates, protein, and fats, with carbohydrates being the most important source, and that is where Nutriday has made such a vital difference in not only our lives, but also in getting all of these nutrients available to us in such an incredibly easy way.

After doing some extensive research of the topic of energy and how it can positively benefit many aspects of our lives, I can across 5 essential reasons why our bodies need to be fulled with energy:

1. Basal Metabolism: Basal metabolic rate, or BMR, is the minimal amount of energy needed to keep your body functioning and alive while at rest. BMR uses about 60 to 65 percent of daily energy stores, according to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In the resting state, energy supports circulation, respiration, digestion, excretion and other functions performed by vital organs.

2. Body composition is one determinant of energy requirements. Muscle is the body’s most metabolic tissue, which means it requires more energy than other body tissues to maintain itself. Because they are naturally more muscular, men need more energy – calories – than women do. Children and young adults undergoing developmental changes in height, weight and body composition have greater energy needs. Energy requirements change as people age, because muscle tissue atrophies, causing a reduction in basal energy metabolism, according to the Colorado State University Extension website.

3. Digestion and Absorption: Digestion and absorption of the nutrients in food use 5 to 10 percent of your daily energy stores to produce more energy, according to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Diet composition also determines energy requirements for food metabolism. Carbohydrates, protein and fats are digested at different rates. Digesting protein uses the most energy, or about 20 to 30 percent of the calories in the food. Carbohydrates use 5 to 10 percent of calories and fat uses 0 to 3 percent.

4. Physical Energy: External functions supported by energy include exercise, work and play. If you are active and have a high lean body mass to fat ratio, your energy needs are greater than someone who leads a sedentary lifestyle or has a high body fat composition.

5. Mental Energy: Your brain needs a constant supply of energy to continuously maintain, support and protect your life. Mental activities, such as work, hobbies, reading, studying, homework, doing crossword puzzles, learning a new language, any mentally challenging endeavor, including daydreaming, requires energy. According to the Franklin Institute, brain cells require double the amount of energy needed by other cells.

For me, it is vital that I provide my family with food sources that address not only our energy needs, but also supply essential vitamins and minerals needed to keep us going, keep us healthy and at the same time, are convenient, delicious and versatile. Nutriday tick all the boxes, and that is why you will always find Nutriday in our fridge! Cheers to #StrongEnergy.