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Nutrient Density: An Important Solution to Insulin Resistance

HRP Image Importance of Nutient Density.

The foods you provide you body serve two primary purposes:

1. Provide calories for energy; both short- and long-term, and

2. Provide nutrients to run cellular process of repair, rebuilding, growth, and protection.

Our body - governed by our brain - is smart. Our brain knows what is going on in all our cells and does it's best to keep us healthy regardless of what resources we provide it. The brain has only one option to request more resources - make us hungry. 

What happens when we constantly respond to that "hunger call" with calories that are nutrient deficient? Remember, the only option the brain has is to trigger hunger, thus you remain or quickly get hungry and eat more. (Are you always looking forward to your next meal or snack?) Consequently, you are very likely to eat more than you need based on your calorie need, but less than you need based on your brain's requirement for nutrients.

Here are the basic steps explaining how nutrient deficiency may contribute to insulin resistance, diabetes, and other chronic diseases:

Step 1: Brain triggers hunger due to a lack of nutrients (but usually an excess of calories - from low nutrient foods)

Step 2: Calories are converted to fat

Step 3: Hunger mounts as Steps 1 & 2 are repeated.

Step 4: Blood glucose rises and cells slowly become resistant to receiving glucose (insulin resistance).

Step 5: Insulin resistance worsens - perpetuating hunger.

Step 6: Cells and tissue (body organs) become weakened and vulnerable to disease due to chronic lack of repair, rebuilding, growth, and protection. At this point, you may have a diagnosis of diabetes. Diabetic have much more diseases like heart disease and cancer. These steps explain why.

An important solution is to increase the quality of the foods you eat. Focus on consuming foods - at every meal - that provide high levels of nutrients - not just calories.

Watch and listen to experts explain the importance of high nutrient density foods and what the best foods are.

  • Topic: Most Nutrient Dense Foods by Group

  • Dr. Mathieu LaLonde's work summary


  • Level: Beginner, 2 minutes

  • Macro vs Micronutrients Explained

  • Source: First Responder Fitness


  • Level: Intermediate, 6 minutes

  • Bone Broth & its Nutrient Benefits

  • Source: Natural Ways


  • Level: Beginner, 3 minutes

  • Nutrition Basics Micronutrients and Macronutrients

  • Source: Dr. Justin Marchegiani

  • Level: Intermediate, 11 minutes

  • Nutrition & its Impact on Insulin

  • Source: Marty Kendall

  • Level: Advanced, 16 minutes

  • World Expert Lectures on Nutrient Density

  • Source: Dr. Mathieu P. Lalonde

  • Level: Expert, 52 minutes

Nutrient Density Score: Higher Number Means Higher Nutrient Density
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