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MICROnutrients…HUGE impact!

When you think of building muscle and burning fat, vegetables aren’t necessarily what comes to mind, but they should! Yes, it goes without saying that getting an adequate amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats is essential for getting your butt in shape. However, vegetables play an extremely crucial role in dictating the way your physique looks and more specifically, the results you achieve.

Nutrient Absorption:
Like I’ve always said and will continue to say, you are what you eat. If you cannot absorb or soak up the nutrients that you’re eating then there is no way at all that the food you’re eating is going to give you the best results possible. The fiber and enzymes that make up vegetables are essential to a healthy gut, which contributes towards nutrition absorption. This can be argued even more with a high protein diet, where it’s potentially more acidic.

If you’re not consuming enough vegetables then your fiber intake will most certainly be too low, affecting your nutrient absorption and therefore your overall results.

Insulin Management:
Your diet can affect your blood sugar levels, in turn, your insulin response. It’s always a safe bet to be more insulin sensitive as possible for both, muscle growth and fat loss. Eating more vegetables will help blunt the insulin response from your meals, which usually helps improve insulin sensitivity due to the added fiber.

It’s also very important to realize that due to the effect of well-balanced blood sugar levels, you’re far less likely to suffer acute hunger. It’s usually an aggressive increase or decrease in levels that you experience the negative effects.

Immune Health:
Vegetables are one of the best sources of micronutrients and phytonutrients, which are essential for improved overall well-being and immune health. If you want to push yourself in the gym, recover and grow then you need to take good care of your immune system. If you do not, your body will always prioritize health over recovery which could therefore effect your overall ability to progress closer to your goal.

The idea here is to do everything you can to sustain optimal health, after all, this lifestyle is about being healthy. With all that being said, I would like you to consume 4-5 portions of fibrous vegetables per day, mostly green!

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