Find Out How Healthy Your Diet Is!
Take the nutrient analysis which is based on an average day of what you eat and let our program analyze your nutrients. You will be able to see your nutrient levels and learn what foods and or nutrients to add.
Step 1 - Enter in your foods you would eat on an average day and press submit.
Step 2 - See your deficiencies from minerals, fatty acids, vitamins and amino acids. Also see the top 3 deficiencies and recommend the types and amounts of foods you would need to consume to satisfy your dietary requirements.
Step 3 - Scan below and see your specific nutrient analysis. Below is an example of the Mineral analysis, however, you would also see vitamin, amino acid and fatty acid levels.
This program took over 2 years to develop and the comparison data is sources through the United States Department of Agriculture (Recommended Dietary Allowances).
If we look at the definition of Food:
Food n. 1. that which is eaten to sustain life, provide energy, and promote the growth and repair of tissues; nourishment [Old English foda, nourishment]. According to this definition, many people are living on something other than food.
We come to realize that it is nourishment. Nourishment means nutrients.
If we look at the definition of Nutrients:
A nutrient is a food substance that an organism needs to live and grow or is used in an organism's metabolism, which must be taken in from its environment./p>
Then we have Essential Nutrients:
An essential nutrient is a nutrient required for normal body functioning that cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from a dietary source. Some categories of essential nutrients include vitamins, dietary minerals, essential fatty acids and essential amino acids.
Many people take too many nutrients and do not realize that excess synthetic nutrients are very different than the ones from nature. Yes, many essential nutrients are toxic in large doses (hypervitaminosis). Vitamin poisoning, hypervitaminosis or vitamin overdose refers to a condition of high storage levels of vitamins, which can lead to toxic symptoms. Nutrients from food always come in small amounts.
And then there are many people who take too many nutrients. Avitaminosis is any disease caused by chronic or long-term vitamin deficiency or caused by a defect in metabolic conversion, such as tryptophan to niacin. In extreme deficiencies over a long period of time, researchers have found the following classic diseases from vitamin deficiencies.
|Vitamin A||Night blindness, keratomalacia (dry cornea) and xerophthalmia (Greek for dry eyes).|
|Vitamin B1||Beriberi: Symptoms of beriberi include severe lethargy and fatigue, together with complications affecting the cardiovascular, nervous, muscular and gastrointestinal systems.|
|Vitamin B2||Ariboflavinosis. The signs and symptoms of riboflavin deficiency typically include sore throat with redness and swelling of the mouth and throat mucosa, cheilosis (cracking of the lips and corners of the mouth), red, swollen tongue, seborrheic dermatitis or pseudo-syphilis (moist, scaly skin) and a decreased red blood cell count.|
|Vitamin B3||Pellagra: The four Ds - diarrhea, dermatitis, dementia and death.|
|Vitamin B5||Parasthesia: a sensation of tingling, pricking or numbness of a person's skin.|
|Vitamin B7||Dermatitis, enteritis (inflammation of the small intestine).|
|Vitamin B9||Birth defects.|
|Vitamin B12||Megablastic anemia: Symptoms may include weak muscles, numbness or tingling in hands and feet, difficulty walking, nausea, decreased appetite, weight loss, irritability, lack of energy or tiring easily (fatigue), diarrhea, smooth and tender tongue and increased heart rate (tachycardia).|
|Vitamin C||Scurvy: The symptoms include dark purplish spots on the skin, especially the legs; spongy gums, often leading to tooth loss; bleeding from all mucous membranes; bleeding gums; sunken eyes; opening of healed scars; separation of knitted bone fractures; nosebleeds; nonstop diarrhea; and nail loss.|
|Vitamin D||Rickets: Bone pain or tenderness, dental problems, muscle weakness, increased tendency for fractures (easily broken bones), bowed legs, knock-knees, low level of calcium in the blood, and tetany (uncontrolled muscle spasms all over the body).|
|Vitamin E||Hemolytic anaemia: a condition in which there are not enough red blood cells in the blood, due to their premature destruction.|
A vitamin is a compound required as a nutrient in tiny amounts by an organism. A compound is called a vitamin when it cannot be synthesized in sufficient quantities by an organism and must be obtained from the diet. Thus, the term is conditional both on the circumstances and the particular organism. Vitamins have diverse biochemical functions, including function as hormones (e.g., vitamin D) and mediators of cell signaling and regulators of cell and tissue growth and differentiation (e.g., vitamin A).
The largest number of vitamins (e.g., B complex vitamins) function as precursors for enzyme cofactors (coenzymes), which help act as catalysts in metabolism. When acting as part of a catalyst, vitamins are bound to enzymes. For example, biotin is part of enzymes involved in making fatty acids. Vitamins also act as coenzymes to carry chemical groups between enzymes. Although these roles in assisting enzyme reactions are vitamins' best-known function, the other vitamin functions are equally important.
Minerals essentially come from one of two sources, either inorganic, being from rocks, clays, seabeds etc., or organic, which means that the minerals have been processed through a plant metabolism. For this reason, minerals that come from plant sources containing the full spectrum of minerals would be the best source for man. Organic minerals (plant-based) have been transformed from the inorganic minerals, which are present in the soil.
Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are fatty acids that cannot be made within an organism and therefore must be obtained from the diet. There are two families of EFAs: omega-3 and omega-6. They were originally designated as Vitamin F when they were discovered as essential nutrients in 1923. Omega 6 fatty acids play a role in normal growth, supporting skin integrity, kidney function and child development. Omega 3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, increase circulation, decrease triglycerides and affect many other health issues.
Essential amino acids are so called not because they are more important to life than the others but because the body does not synthesize them, making it essential to include them in one's diet in order to obtain them. Amino acids are critical to life and have a variety of roles in metabolism. One particularly important function is as the building blocks of proteins, which are chains of amino acids.
RDAs (Recommended Dietary Allowances) are a set of estimated nutrient allowances established by the National Academy of Sciences. It is updated periodically to reflect current scientific knowledge.