Micronutrients are what are commonly referred to as vitamins & minerals and are extremely important for your overall health. Micronutrients include such minerals as fluoride, selenium, sodium, iodine, copper & zinc. They also include vitamins C, A, D, E, & K as well as the B-Complex vitamins.
Micronutrients are different from Macronutrients (Protein, Carbohydrates & Fat), micronutrients are called "Micro-Nutrients" because your body only needs small quantities of them for survival. However if your body does not get those small quantities then serious health problems can result.
Micronutrients are vital to the proper functioning of all of your bodies systems. Here are some examples:
- Sodium is responsible for maintaining the bodies proper fluid balance, it helps fluids pass through cell walls and helps regulate pH levels in your blood.
- Manganese promotes bone formation and energy production, and helps your body metabolize the Macronutrients, Protein, Carbohydrates 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 metabolism of micronutrients, 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.
Getting Enough Micronutrients
Getting Enough Micronutrients is not hard, just eat a balanced diet and include plenty of nuts, whole grains, colorful fruits & vegetables (especially the leafy green vegetables). Enjoy!