We all function differently,
but good health is important
to all of us!

So what are nutrients and what is their function?

In maintaining good health, a balanced diet is vital. It is through what we eat that we introduce important nutrients into our bodies. Our digestive system works to absorb these nutrients, which once taken in, play a key role in helping the body work; maintaining energy levels, for example.

What role do nutrients play after weight loss surgery?

Our daily diet dictates how many nutrients we take on board. If you have recently undergone a weight loss procedure, such as gastric band surgery or a biliopancreatic diversion, the main aim of this surgery is to restrict the amount of food absorbed by the body. These procedures, and others, offer a significant loss of excess weight. However, alongside a reduction in food consumed, there is a loss in the amount of vital vitamins and minerals that the body takes in. Therefore taking on vitamin supplements becomes a crucial part of the daily diet after weight loss surgery.

To find out more about vitamins, minerals and nutrients important to good health, click on one of our guides below
Vitamins
There are 13 types of vitamins. Read all about how they work, Recommended Daily Allowance, and more.

Minerals
Each mineral has its own function. The best known are perhaps calcium and magnesium.

Essential Fatty Acids
The body cannot produce essential fatty acids, but instead incorporates them via the daily diet.

Fibre
The main role of fibre is to help the function of the digestive system.


What are the different types of nutrients?

Nutrients can be divided into several categories, namely: protein (amino acids), carbohydrates (starch and sugar), and a wider range of vitamins and minerals. Other key components of the daily diet are fibre and water that the body takes on. Fibre acts to mobilise intestinal motility, is broadly indigestible and of a plant origin. Water is vital, acting as a transport for nutrients to travel through the body, as well as regulating body temperature.

Macro and micro

Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are also known as macronutrients. The body requires large amounts of macronutrients to function well. These nutrients are measured in grams and act as fuel for the body. They play a key role in maintenance and formation of muscle mass, hormones, organ health and enzyme production, as well as general blood health.

Vitamins and minerals are also known as micronutrients, the body requires these in smaller quantities than macronutrients. As such the amounts are often given in terms of milligrams or micrograms. Vitamins and minerals act not to provide energy, but rather to release energy from macronutrients and amino acids from protein.

For almost all vitamins and minerals recommendations in terms of how much daily intake is advisable for healthy subjects is found through the Recommended Daily Allowance.

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