Nutrition can be an endlessly confusing science, full of contradictory information — Does expensive really mean healthier? Is a vegan diet actually good for you? What does moderation even mean, anyway? — but every so often, you run into a decision that seems like a no-brainer. Like, for example, whether it’s better to satisfy your sweets craving with a handful of gummy vitamins or a handful of actual gummy candy. Both are made pretty much entirely of substances you can’t pronounce, but one is actually good for you. Obviously, you go with the vitamins.
It’s true. The cells in our bodies will all do their own thing with the chemical energy alone. However, to coordinate these processes, correctly time your heart’s rhythm,trigger your muscles so that they contract and relax in unison and even to have the thoughts and memories that make you who you are… for all of that, we need battery power. Electrical energy runs the computer that is our brains. This electrical energy controls everything we do by providing us with a timing mechanism for critical processes. It is also used as a communication network that can send signals through the brain and spine out to organs and extremities far faster than any chemical method could.
As a quick physics refresher, remember that everything is made of atoms. Atoms themselves can be further divided into the protons and neutrons that inhabit the core of the atom, and the electrons that move throughout the space around that core. Protons and electrons are electromagnetically charged particles, whereas neutrons have a neutral charge. To make it easier to conceptualize, we call electromagnetic charges either positive (protons) or negative (electrons). Now, this has nothing to do with the particle’s outlook on life, and you’re not going to find electrons hanging out at dimly lit coffee bars reading Edgar Allen Poe. Positive and negative are just the words we use to describe these opposite charges.