Module 7 What? We are also Made from Nutrients?
7.1 What are nutrients?
I come up with a very simple definition of nutrients for readers to understand at a glance.
The substances necessary to sustain life are nutrients.
Whatever you eat to become a part of your body are nutrients.
Nutrients include seven categories: water, protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamin, mineral and fiber.
7.2 How important are nutrients?
The purpose of this book is to simplify complex medical knowledge, make it easy for everyone to understand, and convey advanced health concepts, so that everyone can stay away from the torment of diseases.
In order to make it easier for everyone to understand the concept of nutrients and the importance of balanced nutrition, I will apply fingers as a metaphor for nutrients.
In addition to water and fiber, the other five types of nutrients are like our five fingers, as shown in the following figure:
The thumb represents protein, the index finger represents carbohydrates, the middle finger represents fat, the ring finger represents vitamins, and the pinkie represents minerals.
The thick and sturdy growth of the thumb, which stands separately from the other four fingers and almost functions half of the grasping movements, fully demonstrates the importance of the thumb as the ‘big brother’. You see, without a thumb, many grasping movements cannot be completed, and you cannot eat or type. So, protein is like a thumb. Protein is the framework and mechanism of the human body, and almost all organs and tissues in our body are made of protein. Therefore, the importance of protein for health is like the importance of the thumb for grasping movements.
Our index finger is very diligent, and we often use it for pressing movements, such as pressing the button in the elevator. Carbohydrates, like the index finger, often provide our body with various transient energy to complete various compression movements.
The middle finger is the longest and taller, with fat similar to the middle finger. It’s like many people often eat fried foods with high fat content, and as a result, they become very fat, highlighting their body shape.
Although the ring finger and pinkie are short and not frequently used, they cannot be missing. Without them, our hands will look indecent and unable to complete some delicate movements.
Our five fingers are coordinated with each other and have always been in a balanced and coordinated state. The long and short fingers each perform their respective duties, successfully completing difficult movements such as eating, typing, and grasping. This is a perfect teamwork!
If one of the fingers is too long or too short, it will be difficult to complete difficult movements such as grasping.
For example, if the index and middle fingers are very long, the thumb is pretty short, and the ring and pinkie fingers are extremely short or even missing, it will lead to difficulty eating and typing. As shown in the following figure:
Similarly, if we consume too much carbohydrates and fats, the quality of our protein intake is not high, and the intake of vitamins and minerals is too less or even none, our body will experience metabolic disorders and we will fall ill. This is the fundamental reason why many chronic metabolic diseases occur in modern society!
I hope this ugly picture of the fingers can leave a deep impression on you, so that you can easily understand the importance of balanced nutrition and the fundamental causes of modern chronic diseases!
If you want to avoid ugly fingers and make them look beautiful, you need to pay attention to the quality of protein intake and the intake of vitamins and minerals.
In order to make readers fully understand the significance of nutrients as well as balanced nutrition through simple and easy-to-understand images and text, I have also created the following advanced concept of “looking at nutrition through the car”:
Let’s take the human body as if it were a car. As shown in the following figure:
This book will save you tons of money on medical care, even save your life!
Health is your priority!
To your health!
Health Revolution Team