Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Micro-Nutrients, what are they?

Micro-nutrients...What are they and why are they important?
Micro-nutrients include such dietary minerals as zinc and iodine, and they are necessary for the healthy functioning of all your body's systems, from bone growth to brain function. Micro-nutrients are essential for good health and deficiencies can cause serious health problems.
Micro nutrients are knows as "vitamins and minerals." The most common ones you know of include minerals such as flouride, selenium, sodium, iodine, copper and zinc. They also include vitamins such as vitamin C, A, D, E and K, as well as the B-complex vitamins. Micro-nutrients are different from the macro-nutrients- protein, carbohydrate and fat. Micro-nutrients are called "micro"-nutrients because your body needs only very small quantities of them for survival, but that doesn't make them less important for you to have in your daily diet.
Here are some of the ways that micro-nutrients help maintain your body's systems:
Manganese promotes bone formation and energy production, and helps your body metabolize the macronutrients, protein, carbohydrate and fat.
Magnesium helps your heart maintain its normal rhythm. It helps your body convert glucose (blood sugar) into energy, and it is necessary for the metabolization of the micro-nutrients calcium and vitamin C.
Iron helps your body produce red blood cells and lymphocytes.
Iodine helps your thyroid gland develop and function. It helps your body to metabolize fats, and promotes energy production and growth.
Chloride helps regulate water and electrolytes within your cells, as well as helping to maintain appropriate cellular pH.
How can you get more in your diet?
Eat a balanced diet including plenty of nuts, whole grains and green leafy vegetables. Eat plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables, like red cherries, purple grapes, yellow bananas and orange carrots. The more colorful your diet, the better.
It's easy to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Eat fruit salads for dessert instead of sweets.
Just a quick FYI: Iron deficiency is the most common deficiency in the world, and the only one prevalent in developed countries. Over 30% of the world's population suffers from iron deficiency anemia.
Fill your plate with things that have a ton of micro-nutrient value. I love eating foods that are in season and adding new ones to the list of favorites each month. What is your favorite fruit or veggie ?

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