GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Research from the Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids reveals how the body’s metabolism works and how our overall health and wellness depend on more than just our diet. Much has been revealed about.
Dr. Sarah Nowinski joins VAI Department of Metabolic and Nutritional Programming That was just about two years ago. She studies the core of cells and works to better understand why people metabolize the same nutrients differently.
“People have pathways that their cells are programmed to use more preferentially than others, so even if two people have similar activity levels and similar caloric intakes, Even though there are all other factors that affect how cells decide how to take in the same nutrients they have available for their energy needs. ” Nowinski said.
Nowinski said these differences are why he can’t definitively answer one of the first questions people ask when it’s known that he studies metabolism: “What’s the best diet?” But her work and the findings of her VAI colleagues may help her find answers.
“I like to use the mitochondria analogy. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell,’ but what does that actually mean?” Nowinski says. said.
She likes to use the analogy of an assembly line to explain things.
“You have to process parts as they go through an assembly line. And if that assembly line speeds up, you have to be able to adapt and speed up. Otherwise, the cells start to fall off. , it might not be processed correctly, so in order for your cells to stay healthy, you have to adapt and maintain them and make sure everything goes smoothly,” she said. .
Her research is part of ongoing groundbreaking research being conducted in VAI’s Metabolic Program and is a key topic of discussion in November. Conversation about boosting metabolismhosted by philanthropist Carol Van Andel, whose family founded the Van Andel Institute.
“People are becoming more conscious about their health and wellness, and this conversation we’ve been having for over a decade is not just about raising awareness about how we can be more aware of our bodies and precautions. , it also educates viewers to do the same, “be positive with yourself and your doctor,” Van Andel said.
This event is a unique opportunity for the community to learn more about Nowinski et al.’s work. More than that, Van Andel said, it’s an opportunity for people to support VAI’s efforts to continue advancing his discoveries.
“One hundred percent of the day’s proceeds will go to supporting Dr. Novinsk’s lab,” Van Andel said. “So what are we doing there? We’re engaging the audience to be part of something bigger than themselves.”
Nowinski echoed how important support is to her job and the work of her colleagues.
“None of the research I do in my lab would be possible without the VAI philanthropic community. There has been a lot of support,” Nowinski said. “So we’re very grateful for the community’s involvement, because it allows us to focus on the science.”
“A Conversation About Fueling the Metabolism,” hosted by Van Andel, will be held at the Van Andel Institute on Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.Learn more about the event here.