Nutrient Requirements (Pt. 1)

We are all only seven years old. That’s right, seven.

It takes seven years for the body to replicate itself. Each skin cell, connective tissue, muscle and bone cells, are virtually brand new. It takes 3-4 years for soft tissue cells and 7 years for every bone cell in our bodies to regenerate. The only cells that don’t regenerate are in our teeth, heart and brain as they don’t divide.

If our cells are constantly renewing themselves, then why do we age? Why aren’t we just replacing dying cells with healthy cells?

The answer lies in what it takes to feed an nourish the over 30+ trillion cells that makeup our bodies. How can we most optimally meet the nutritional needs of over 200 different types of cells, for optimal function?

In the United States, most of the food we eat does not meet the nutritional needs of cells, leaving cells severely lacking and nowhere near the nutrient base our bodies need to fuel the hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions it carries out every day.

Not only are we starving our cells due to a depletion of minerals in our water and soil, as well as devitalized food at supermarkets, but we’re also hit with free radicals daily from chemicals, pollution, viruses, bacteria, parasites, and poor water quality. We’re fighting an uphill battle when it comes to staying young and healthy.

We created our Zuma Nutrition holistic supplement to fill this gap. It was formulated not only to cover nutritional needs, but to make sure these nutrients are absorbed by our cells. We guide you when it comes to how to take our supplements, and properly sort the micronutrients in our formulas.

You’ll never find a multivitamin amongst our products, but rather formulas that fall into one of three categories:

Water soluble nutrients: These can be taken on an empty stomach and are easily absorbed when taken with a sugar.

Large molecule nutrients: Take with a meal that requires digestive activity, as these are broken down with the meal.

Fat soluble nutrients:  Should be taken 1-2 hours after a meal that requires digestive activity. This is when the food is moving into the duodenum and pancreatic enzymes are being released.

Through a process called micellization, we change the form of some of our nutrients. This process takes a large molecule ingredient and breaks it down so that it becomes water soluble. This drastically increases the bioavailability of the nutrients and allows higher amounts to be absorbed into our bloodstream instantaneously.

There is a lot that goes into feeding the body so that it can produce all the chemical reactions involved in constantly rebuilding and repairing itself.

Think of a beautiful house plant. When you took your plant home, it was vibrant and healthy, but over the next year or two, you watched it slowly turn brown and die while you fed it tap water as its only source of nutrition besides from the soil you bought it in.

When it comes to our bodies, it goes a step further because not only are we depleted of mircro-nutrients, but we’re also bombarded with free radicals every day.

70% of what our bodies need to function optimally comes from what we eat. In other words, we are nutrient dependent organisms. Not only do we need to meet nutrient requirements for our bodies, but we need to make sure they are actually making their way to the cells.

Here are some key micronutrients:

  • Vitamin A (fat soluble)
  • Vitamin B (water soluble)
  • Vitamin C (water soluble)
  • Amino Acids (water soluble in our amino acid complex)
  • Minerals (large molecule, micellized and water soluble in our trace mineral formula)
  • Essential Fatty Acids (fat soluble)
  • Beta Carotene (fat soluble)
  • Vitamin E (fat soluble)

Read up on our articles on How To Take Supplements and Digestion to understand how to get these nutrients to absorb and be transported to our cells