The Chemistry of Nutrition

The Chemistry of Nutrition

There is a chemical component to everything that we do. Everything that happens in your body is dependent on your chemistry. Your chemistry is created by the food you eat. On the outside, babies look like they are simply moving around. But the balance of the chemistry is essential to make sure developmental milestones “stick” 

The movement that your baby is demonstrating requires energy. Energy is created in our cells. Your state of health prior to conception, during your pregnancy, your delivery, and the choices you make to feed your baby will influence how they will develop. The choices made early on will have a lifetime impact on your child. 

Many issues today such as development delay, AD(H)D, Autism, dyslexia, anxiety, etc are related to the body’s chemistry being out of balance. If a child starts their day with complex carbs, usually by the time they reach school they are in a state of brain fog.  

The brain and body work in tandem all the time. Even as you get older, if your chemistry is out of balance, it can lead to depression, anxiety, and other problems.

By fixing your chemistry, we can start to see improvements in other areas as well. But if chemistry is not included in the management process, it can be impossible for other solutions to stick. 

One chemical pathway involved is how we generate energy. We use energy for everything. Energy is required to exercise, concentrate, thrive at your job or pay attention in school. All work or play requires energy.

In the center of the energy pathway is the citric acid cycle. The Citric Acid Cycle is the second stage of cellular respiration. It is a series of chemical reactions to release stored energy through substances combined with oxygen. The stored energy is in the foods we eat. The cycle eventually creates the energy we need inside and outside of our body. 

Food is fuel, so the pathway starts with proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Proteins become amino acids, carbohydrates become glucose, and fats become fatty acids. Each comes from different sources, have different calories and functions, and interact with vitamins in different ways. But they all come into the citric acid cycle. This means that all food becomes energy. And balance comes from all three working together.

It’s important to have guidance as you work on improving nutrition. By conducting lab tests, we can see what vitamins you may not be getting enough of and compare that to where your diet may be lacking. All the labs that we do create a snapshot of what exactly is happening inside your body. From there, we can personalize a plan that supplements your body and your lifestyle.

Some parents report that their child is a “picky eater”, but there is generally an underlying issue with why a child won’t eat certain foods. Usually, they feel some sort of negative reaction within the body causing them to dislike certain foods. The problem is typically a “sick belly”. Sick bellies have many origins. There could be an imbalance in good bacteria, babies born by c-section, food sensitivities both from mom and on their own, prescription medication, stress both during pregnancy and/or the first years of life. This list is quite long. 

Functional labs identify the root of the problem and create a path that is easy to navigate. I encourage you to reach out if your child is struggling with attention issues, belly issues, or just won’t eat. Left on its own the problem will not heal itself. The longer issues continue the body is sending a “feedback” message. The messages will drive the child (or you) to only eat foods that will continue to exacerbate the problem.  

If your child (or you) only want to eat foods that break down to sugar, such as. bread, pizza, chicken nuggets, cereal, waffles, ice cream, candy, potatoes and the list goes on, the belly is sick. Mainly carbohydrates turn into sugar, while protein and fat don’t. We have complex carbs and simple carbs. This list above are examples of complex carbs. Consuming too much sugar leads to an unhealthy gut. Healing the gut will change the message in the brain and drive your little one to a healthier palate. 

By using diagnostic information, we can get to the root of the problem, quicker. If this sounds like it could benefit you and you’d like some more information, give us a call at (678) 501-5172

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