Exercise and the Role of Micronutrients


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Exercise is a healthy component of any weight loss plan, but it does not change bad eating habits, which likely caused you to gain weight in the first place. That is the number one reason exercise-only routines produce weight loss results at a snail's pace. Weight gain from a bad diet is more quickly reversed by eating lots of healing foods. Even though good health relies on your being physically active, it will never replace the benefits that real foods deliver. The human body requires a specific set of chemicals and nutrients to function at the optimal levels needed to restore good health.

Micronutrients play an crucial role in energy production, hemoglobin synthesis, bone health, immune system functions, and protects your body against oxidative stress and damage. On the other hand, exercise can stress many of the metabolic pathways where micronutrients are most needed. Since digestion is the chemical means of breaking down food particles into usable compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, and fats, the best way for you to obtain much needed nutrients is by consuming real foods. Continuing with a bad diet can overload your body causing it to store nutrients as fat for later use.

It is important to understand that exercise is a valuable component for health and wellness. But, for those individuals who want or need to lose weight, exercise alone cannot overcome a bad lifestyle or the ill effects of a bad menu plan. Exercise supports long-term weight loss only if you're willing to make dietary changes, such as eating foods that provide a complement of proteins, drinking plenty of water, and managing vital micronutrients from good carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats.

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