What You Need to Create a Good Nutritional Foundation

by Erica Stephanopoulos, MPH, MBA
March 23, 2021

woman pouring a green smoothie  - nutritional foundation

 

Do you have a good nutritional foundation? Or are you constantly trying to figure out what your body needs?


Unfortunately, many people struggle to eat the diet to properly fuel their bodies. The Standard American Diet is made up of foods that have little or no nutritional value. Even if you try to follow a healthy diet, getting the right balance of nutrients can be tricky. Eating right can vary from person to person, making the question of “what do I eat” a guessing game.


Thankfully, by understanding our bodies and the food we eat better, we can set ourselves up for healthy, vibrant success. Let’s learn the basics of what you need to create a strong nutritional foundation!

 

Does Nutrition Really Matter?

You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” But what does that really mean?


In short, the food you eat becomes your body. Every one of your cells relies on certain nutrients to thrive. Each process your body performs - from drawing in air for your breath to moving a muscle to thinking - requires energy from food. The body needs the right amounts of vitamins, minerals, and compounds to maintain homeostasis. How well your body functions (and how well you can fight illness and disease) depends on how balanced and complete your nutritional foundation is.

 

3 Steps to Creating a Good Nutritional Foundation

Creating a good nutritional foundation starts with the basics. While nutrition can feel complicated, there are really only three steps you need to set up a strong foundation. Here are the key factors to consider when planning your healthy diet.


1) Balance Fat, Carbs, and Protein

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Fat, carbohydrates, and protein are macronutrients that provide us with energy and building blocks for growth. They account for the calories, or energy component, of your food.


Over the years, some of these macronutrients have been labeled as “bad” or “good” compared to the others. The truth is, we need all to thrive. Fat is necessary for storing energy, absorbing certain vitamins, and protecting the brain and heart. Carbs are the main source of energy the body uses, and fiber (a carb) is necessary for gut health. Protein is needed to make and repair the body’s cells. We need all three of these nutrients to stay healthy, but getting the right balance is key.


According to the Institute of Medicine, the general recommendation for macronutrient balance is:

  • 45–65% of their calories from carbs
  • 20–35% of their calories from fats
  • 10–35% of their calories from proteins


While these are standard recommendations, sometimes finding the right balance depends on your health needs and goals. For example, if you are diabetic and need to watch your blood sugar, a low-carb diet will likely be a better match for you than a high-carb diet.

 

2) Support with Vitamins and Minerals

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Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients needed for all the body’s processes to occur. Vitamins and minerals are required for growth, wound healing, immune health, digestion, energy production, cellular repair, metabolism, movement, and more.

  • Essential Vitamins:
    A, C, D, E, and K, and the B vitamins: thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxal (B6), cobalamin (B12), biotin, and folate/folic acid.

  • Essential Minerals:
    Calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, sulfur, chloride, iron, iodine, fluoride, zinc, copper, selenium, chromium, and cobalt.


The body produces some vitamins itself, while we rely on food to get the others. Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds are rich sources of many vitamins and minerals. The best way to get the needed amount of vitamins and minerals is to eat a fresh, whole foods diet that is full of colorful and varied foods. Then, support with a smart supplement like Aceva’s Everyday Basics to fill in the gaps.

 

3) Protect with Antioxidants

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Antioxidants are like tiny healthy helpers for the body’s cells. They are substances and compounds that boost the immune system and protect your cells against damage. They fight free radicals, reduce inflammation, and prevent chronic disease.


You can boost your health and nutritional foundation by incorporating more antioxidants into your diet. Antioxidants are found in many healthy food sources, especially fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, spices, and herbs. Look for the most vibrant, colorful fruits and vegetables, as these tend to be particularly rich in antioxidants. To ensure you’re getting plenty of disease-fighting antioxidants, support your diet with a daily antioxidant blend like Aceva’s Absolute Greens.

 

Lay the Right Foundation with Aceva’s Everyday Basics

These three steps give you a simple way to give your body a healthier nutritional foundation. But the truth is, following these three simple steps isn’t always as simple as it seems.

 

Getting the right amounts of the necessary vitamins and nutrients from your food takes quite a bit of planning. On top of that, busy schedules, fatigue, stress, and life’s uncertainty can make eating right every single day feel like a major challenge.


Here’s the good news: with Aceva’s Everyday Basics, you can give your body the support it needs every day, without having to be perfect every day. That’s why we call it “the No-Brainer!”


The Everyday Basics bundle includes our two most comprehensive daily supplements:

  • Daily Balance: This 4-in-1 supplement offers a multivitamin, multimineral, B complex, and antioxidant blend that supports the entire body. Whether you want to improve your overall health and nutrition, or you have certain symptoms you want to manage, Daily Balance offers a simple way to support your body’s most important processes for better health.

  • Absolute Greens: Absolute Greens offers the power of over 50 superfood ingredients in one heaping spoonful. With one morning scoop of Absolute Greens, you’ll lay a healthy foundation of fruits, vegetables, fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids, and enzymes before you’ve even started your day. Simply add to water, juice, or your favorite smoothie and you’re set!

Together, Daily Balance and Absolute Greens make up Everyday Basic: the nutritional foundation your body needs to thrive.

 

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Support your body, gain more energy, and heal and prevent with Aceva’s Everyday Basic. Shop today!

 

 

Erica Stephanopoulos, MPH, MBA
Erica Stephanopoulos, MPH, MBA

Erica has a longstanding passion and involvement with healthcare philanthropy and global health, specifically looking at how malnutrition and lack of key nutrients relate to infectious disease. She’s helped establish clinics and research projects across the globe in her work with Stanford Research Institute, Airbel Impact Lab, World Pediatric Project, and the International Rescue Committee. She’s also written for numerous publications to help educate others on the importance of nutrition and their overall health. Before setting out to make her mark on the world, Erica studied Biochemistry and International Relations. Just to shake things up, she then went on to get her Masters in Public Health and M.B.A. When she isn’t working, she is an avid runner, reader, and (very) amateur chef.


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