What is Micronutrition?
Micronutrition focuses on the needs and impact of essentials micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace elements, probiotics, amino acids, fatty acids, dietary fibers, etc.) on our metabolisms (carbohydrates, fat…) and on our health. They must be brought by food and beverages, as our body is not able to synthesise all of them.
Our diet has been hugely modified in recent decades because of majors changes (intensive agriculture, livestock farming,…) but also due to the evolution of our lifestyles resulting in stress, and increase of pollution have caused our “health capital” to be depleted of certain micronutrients.
As a result, biochemical reactions work less, and some disorders can result, such as chronic fatigue, digestive disorders, sleep, mood, daily energy, food intolerances...
Micronutrition is very helpful by preventing (improving well-being and weight management) and supporting through drug treatment to increase its effectiveness and reduce side effects.
Furthermore certain periods of life (childhood, adolescence, pregnancy, menopause...) and certain situations (intensive sport) require specific nutritional intakes.
The micronutrient specialist is interested in the nutritional density of foods and works with the patient to build a personalized diet to rebalance the terrain (acid, inflammatory, oxidant...).
Micronutrition is particularly interested in 4 areas:
- cerebral (optimize the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin...)
- intestinal (to optimize the good health of our microbiota, our intestinal wall and therefore a better functioning of the underlying immune system)
- cellular communication (by optimizing the supply of omega3, components of the membrane of our cells and which ensure the fluidity of the latter)
- cell aging (by optimizing the supply of antioxidant micronutrients)
As part of the patient's return to a balanced diet, the micronutrient specialist must also take into account his biological rhythms.
Indeed, depending on the time of day, nutrients and micronutrients do not have the same impact on our metabolism or on the synthesis of neurotransmitters.
There are 8 different vitamins in the B group and they all have their own effect. Since these vitamins are water-soluble, steam cooking is the best way to enjoy their benefits. Most of them have to be given to your body through food.
You'll find below some of the most essential and useful vitamins and minerals:
-> Help synthesising hormones, neurotransmitters and proteins
-> Contribute to the smooth running of your immune system and the regulation of glycaemia
-> Enhance absorption of Vitamin B12 and Magnesium
Minerals and Trace Elements
-> Enhances mineralisation and bone growth, decreases risk of insulin resistance