From a functional nutrition perspective, everything starts in the gut and what it can do with the foods we eat. There are billions of microorganisms living in our gut that have a beneficial relationship with us. We feed them and they “feed” us. But this relationship can become non-beneficial, if the microorganisms and their environment gets unbalanced, compromising digestion amongst other things, while a healthy gut will get the best out of the foods we eat.
From blinking your eyes to running a marathon, your body is using energy. If you underfuel, the insufficient energy available won’t keep you going for long. Think of your heart pumping blood to the rest of the body, your lungs absorbing oxygen every time you breath in, your intestines breaking down what you eat, your kidneys filtering blood 24/7, and your brain… thinking, making decisions and coordinating everything, every fraction of a second. These are all functions your body is executing to keep you going, as you swim, run or bike, or live your everyday life, and you need food to fuel all these energy consuming functions. We are much more than bones and muscles, so when we’re fueling our body, we have to think big picture!