What is Micro Nutrient Kick?
Eating and drinking is as important as breathing. If you do not eat and drink you will die. Foods and drinks contain “things” that are essential for us to get into our bodies every day to stay alive. We call these “things” nutrients. There are lots of different types of variations of nutrients; macronutrients (proteins, sugars and fats to burn for energy or use as building blocks to grow) and micronutrients (multiple forms of vitamins and essential minerals to make sure you are capable of functioning). To get all of the different types of nutrients we need; we need to eat and drink lots of different things. Unfortunately, we do not know how many nutrients are in the foods we eat because foods usually aren’t tested before they sell them to us. So, we have our best guess and try to make sure we eat enough quantity and variety to get everything we need. The problem is the science says we are still deficient. We are not getting the right dose and all of the different types of micronutrients we need.
One of the biggest issues we face today is our health. Our everyday lives are having a major negative impact on it. our world is full of sickness, diseases, cancers and so much more but who's fault is it? is this normal? are we the ones to blame?
So many people, so many opinions but what's true and what's not? unfortunately the world is ruled by money. we are told that these medications, "cures" and procedures are required to "fix" us but are they really fixing us or are they harming us?
our brand is trying to solve these issues and set the world on the right path. Supplements are not the key to health, organic whole foods are! but let’s not take a giant leap, let’s take a small baby step first! that's what we've done.
What are NUTRIENTS?
A vitamin is an organic substance, one produced by a plant or an animal, that is required in small amounts from the diet as they cannot be synthesized in the human body and are essential for human life. Every day your body uses the micronutrients you consume to;
• Make new structural cells and repair old cells to build skin, hair, muscle, and bone.
• Make tens of thousands of red blood cells that carry nutrients and oxygen to every cell in your body.
• Produce white blood cells to fight invaders, flush away allergens and deal with injury.
• Send electrical signals via a network of nerves all through the brain and body pathways.
• Make, release and respond to chemicals that determine your mood and ability to make memories
• Facilitate your cellular energy production and determine which fuel you burn or store.
• Make chemical messengers that shuttle from organ to organ, issuing orders. To do all this, your body requires many different food raw materials to supply the 30 or so essential vitamins and minerals that your body cannot manufacture in sufficient amounts on its own.
A vitamin is an organic substance, one produced by a plant or an animal, that is required in small amounts from the diet as they cannot be synthesized in the human body and are essential for human life.
A mineral is an inorganic element, such as magnesium, iron, iodine, zinc, or selenium, that is required from the diet as they cannot be synthesized in the human body and are essential for the life of humans, animals, and plants.
Food Is Medicine.
Vitamins are required in tiny amounts constantly because of their inactivation, conversion, storage or elimination in the body requires a delicate balancing act. Naturally they are found in tiny amounts spread across a lot of foods to prevent overdose of any particular vitamin or form of vitamin. They play a catalytic role in many metabolic reactions of the cells and act as coenzymes or part of coenzymes and enzyme systems. Certain vitamins act as hormones and exert their action at intracellular receptor sites like Vitamin A and D. There are multiple forms of each vitamin found in nature and each vitamin has a long list of essential cofactors usually found with it that are essential for it to function efficiently. Vitamins are individually very complex in their chemical structure and behaviour and they will convert and change between their forms in our bodies, in storage or during processing. Water-soluble vitamins, those that can dissolve in water—are packed into the watery portions of the foods you eat. They are absorbed directly from the digestive tract into the bloodstream as food is broken down or as a supplement dissolves, such as Vitamin C and the B complex vitamins. They are not easily stored and will often pass straight through and need to be replenished daily. Fat-soluble vitamins can be dissolved by fat solvents and oils. These include vitamins A, D, E K. Fat soluble vitamins can be stored within the fatty compartments of your body. A mineral is an inorganic element—one that comes originally from rocks, soil, or water. Plants absorb minerals from rock, soil and water; and animals that eat the plants will accumulate the minerals. A multivitamin and mineral formulation is possibly the most complex thing on earth to create. We simply do not know enough to actually be able to make one synthetically. Nature is so much smarter than us. The combinations of actives with essential co factors are way too complex for us to be able to reproduce in a lab. Therefore, a multi vitamin and mineral formulation should be food.
What are Fat-soluble vitamins?
Fat-soluble means that these vitamins are transported with fat and stored in the liver and fat tissue or eliminated via sebum in the skin. Because they can be stored in our bodies, they can accumulate and become toxic when eaten in excessive amounts. This mostly occurs when taking single supplements of the fat-soluble vitamins rather than in foods rich in vitamins. Eating fat-free or using “fat loss aids” that strip dietary fat out of the digestive tract can lead to health problems associated with fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies.
Vitamin A is an “essential” nutrient, meaning our bodies cannot make it, and it must be included in our diet. It is fat soluble and stored in our liver bound to protein until it is needed and transported out to the site of deficiency or increased demand.
Vitamin A has two types:
1. Provitamin A is found in foods as carotenoids and is converted in part into retinol. Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin are the most common carotenoids, with beta-carotene being the most easily converted into retinol. Carotenoids are found naturally in many fruits and vegetables.
2. Preformed vitamin A is found in the form of retinol. You can find preformed vitamin A in your everyday diet in animal products like whole milk, liver, and eggs. The animals eat the “provitamin A” from fruit and vegetables and then converts it to “preformed vitamin A” which is stored in the animal. This animal may be us or eaten by us. Lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, are carotenoids but are not converted into vitamin A. They have their own functions, and are also important cofactors to regulate its function.
What does it do? Vitamin A is essential for maintaining the immunity, integrity, and function of all surface tissues (epithelial). Supporting immunity, antioxidant protection, regeneration, and repair for;
• skin – replenish skin cells and regulate oils, pores, and immunity
• respiratory tract – healthy mucosa and mucosal immunity
• gut – gut wall integrity, gut-derived oxidative stress, immune activation and protection
• reproductive tract – maintain the mucosal integrity and regulate mucosal immunity for reproduction and fertility.
• bladder – mucosal immunity and integrity
• inner ears - protect from infection and allergic inflammation, oxidative stress, and inflammation
• eyes – healthy mucous coating of the conjunctiva, and enhanced vision in poor light (night vision)
Vitamin A is also essential beyond the membrane surfaces;
• for maintaining a healthy immune system for growth and development of muscle and bone
• for reproduction
It is most famous as an antioxidant vitamin usually sold combined with vitamins C and E as an antioxidant complex. Vitamin A as an antioxidant and is marketed to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease via the antioxidant actions. Once again, the research shows that higher doses of vitamins and single forms of vitamins taken without the other forms (such as taking betacarotene without the other carotenoids it is found alongside in nature) do not act as nature intended and can go from anti-oxidant protector to pro-oxidant destroyer.
Colon cancer research shows that taking beta-carotene by mouth, alone or with vitamins C and E, selenium, and calcium carbonate, does not decrease the risk of colon tumor growth. Smokers and regular drinkers, taking beta-carotene supplements increases the risk of new tumors. Lung cancer research shows taking beta-carotene increases the risk of lung cancer in smokers (20 a day and even in former smokers) and drinkers (one or more drinks per day). Prostate cancer research shows taking beta-carotene supplements does not prevent prostate cancer in most men and there is evidence that suggests that betacarotene supplements might increase the risk of prostate cancer.
Why do we still talk about beta-carotene as an antioxidant? It makes antioxidants look bad and confusing. Beta-carotene is a pro-oxidant. Vitamin A is not just Beta carotene. However, carotenoids from food do not have this adverse effect. We need a variety of different carotenoids to have a protective effect.
There are two forms of vitamin D;
1. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) which is found in some plants
2. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) is synthesized in the body from cholesterol by irradiation of sterols in the skin by UV rays. Every second person is vitamin D deficient. Almost 50% of the population worldwide;
An estimated 1 billion people worldwide, across all ethnicities and age groups, have a diagnosed vitamin D deficiency. This may be attributed to lifestyle (for example, reduced outdoor activities, sunscreen) and environmental (for example, air pollution, atmospheric changes and filtered sunlight) factors that minimize exposure to sunlight, which is required for ultraviolet-B (UVB)-induced vitamin D production in the skin
Many studies have shown vitamin D deficiency in multiple chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, and asthma. But, when the effect of high dose synthetic vitamin D supplements was tested, they failed to show a significant benefit of this form of vitamin D supplementation. Even though other studies have shown an association between low vitamin D and these disorders, vitamin D supplementation failed to show improvement.
For example, there is a relationship between vitamin D status and body mass index. Sadiya et al. found that it is difficult to increase blood levels to achieve target levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in obese subjects with a relatively high daily dose of vitamin D3. Recently, Didriksen et al. performed a 5-year intervention study with vitamin D3 at a dose of 20,000 IU (500 μg) per week vs. placebo in obese subjects. The subjects on the high dose vitamin D3 had about 6.5 x the concentration in their fat tissue compared to the placebo group, while their blood levels hardly changed.
This study showed that massive, unnatural doses of vitamin D3 are stored in with your excess fat. Those with excessive fat tissue, such as overweight and obese subjects or those with sarcopenic obesity having excessive fat even at normal body weight may store more vitamin D than normal weight subjects because they have more fat stores.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin utilized in cellular antioxidant defense systems. As we cannot synthesize Vitamin E within our body, it must be exclusively obtained from our diet. We often see vitamin E supplements and moisturizers and will see d-alpha tocopherol listed as the chemical name for vitamin E. But in nature, there are eight different forms of vitamin E found together hat work together to do all the vitamin E jobs. There are four forms of tocopherols and 4 of the tocotrienols; alpha (α), beta (β), gamma (γ) and delta (δ) forms. Amongst these, α-tocopherol is the most extensive and highly active form, and it is α-tocopherol that is also copied and made in synthetic form.
What does it do?
Vitamin E was made famous as the “anti-sterility factor”; which is essential for fertility and reproduction in both men and women. Vitamin E and C work together as “antioxidants.” They scavenge ROS (reactive oxygen species) via activation of the glutathione antioxidant system. This antioxidant system is very efficient, and the vitamin C and E used in it are recycled so high doses are not necessary and do not make it work faster or stronger. The endogenous glutathione antioxidant system maintains vitamin C, and vitamin E levels through recycling and the glutathione system will determine the antioxidant effect of these vitamins and not you and your supplementation plan.
High levels of supplementation of vitamin C and vitamin E are not only unnecessary but may be harmful due to increasing the burden of the glutathione antioxidant system, and excess vitamin intake may provide an additional source of ROS.
As mentioned earlier high doses and out of balance supplementation of antioxidant compounds beyond what is found in nature can turn protective antioxidants into damaging pro-oxidants. Vitamin E and C are possibly the most commonly overdosed supplements and may be contributing to worsening health outcomes because so many people believe if they take too much it will go straight through and vitamins can only be good and never bad. That is wrong.
this is part 1
references will be attached in part 2