The health and fitness world continues to boom at an all time high. Are your eating habits booming with it? Don’t just focus on the low-carb for weight loss or high protein for muscular growth and development. Don’t ONLY pay attention to your macronutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, although they are the major nutrients for the body to produce energy and to drive our many daily activities. In support of, micronutrients also play a vital role in the functioning of our body’s systems like the cardiovascular system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, skin, healing, and our body’s cells. According to the World Health Organization, micronutrient deficiency presents a huge threat to the health of the world’s population.
Are we getting enough micronutrients in our day? Are we neglecting the foods that provide us with key nutrients that support our heart, bones, muscles, skin, healing, etc.?
Micronutrients are a combination of both vitamins and minerals. Micronutrients are essential for good health and any deficiencies in them can cause serious health issues. Some micronutrients include dietary sources as zinc and iodine that are necessary for things from bone development to brain function. Magnesium is critical for heart health and aids in maintaining its normal rhythm. It also helps your body convert blood sugar into energy and helps the body metabolize calcium and vitamin C. And iron, which is known to be the most common deficiency in the world, helps your body produce red blood cells.
We can get high doses of these micronutrients through a variety of nuts, fruits, and vegetables. I mean experiment with them all from their size to their color and taste. Eat a variety of berries like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Explore with different colors like bananas, cantaloupe, cherries, grapes and carrots. Include a variety of green vegetables in your diet like asparagus, brussels sprouts, broccoli, zucchini and green salads. Even explore with a variety of super-foods such as kale, chard, spinach, chia seeds, flax seeds, and fish oil.
If you live an active lifestyle this should make all the sense in the world. If we are putting our bodies through constant physical demands, we need to fuel it with the right nutrients. Micronutrients are not more important than macronutrients. We just need to consume them at different amounts and pay attention to the value of our foods and not neglect the vitamin and mineral content.
Are you building a strong foundation for your body and systems to prevent malnutrition and sickness? Nutrition is not like politics. It is not based on what you believe. It is based on science.
In your good health,