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Calcium Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, it is vital to build and maintain strong bones and teeth, and functioning of your nerves and muscles. How much calcium you need to eat to meet your body’s needs depends on how well you absorb the calcium that you do eat. You can find calcium in leafy greens, legumes, seaweed, dairy products, some fish and dietary supplements but beware of eating too little or too much calcium as both can lead to health problems.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 15:37:17
Carbohydrate Carbohydrates are fuel for your body. They are found in all grains, cereals, nuts, seeds, fruit and vegetables. In their natural form they are great for your body and can increase weight loss. But not all carbs are created equal. The more a food is processes the less good and more bad it does to your body. Avoid processed carbohydrates.
Posted on: 2012-04-19 14:33:45
Carotenoids Carotenoids are the pigments that color many of the plants that we eat; they are the deep green in spinach and the rich oranges in carrots. Our bodies transform these carotenoids into Vitamin A that is important for the development and maintenance of bones, skin and the eyes. Carotenoids act as potent antioxidants to prevent damage caused by free radicals.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 15:16:50
Chromium Chromium is a vital trace mineral that is not made by your body, it must be found in your diet. It plays an important role in breaking down carbohydrates, fats and protein and also, getting fuel to your cells. Chromium levels are low in sweet foods although you can get it from brewers yeast, whole grains, meats, liver and oysters.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 17:02:10
Essential Non-Nutrients
Posted on: 2012-04-23 13:37:35
Fat Fats are an essential part of life but not all fats were created equal. Avoid trans fats and eat as little saturated fats as possible as they increase your risk of diseases including heart disease. Unsaturated fats help keep your skin and hair healthy. They also include essential omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids that transport some vitamins around your body. Eat fats in moderation.
Posted on: 2012-04-23 13:50:36
Iron Iron is an essential trace mineral vital in transporting oxygen to all the tissues in your body and muscles, regulating the growth of your cells and used by enzymes in metabolism. Iron is in meats and fish as well as many beans, grains and vegetables. A deficiency of iron can cause anemia where too little oxygen moves through your body showing with signs of fatigue, irritability, dizziness or headaches.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 17:07:25
Macro Nutrients Macro-nutrients are those chemical compounds that you need in the largest quantities to provide you with your bulk energy. These include Carbohydrates, Protein and fat. Water and oxygen are also necessary and consumed in large quantities but they are not considered nutrients.
Posted on: 2012-04-23 13:14:31
Magnesium Magnesium is an essential mineral found in Green leafy vegetables, the outer parts of whole grains but in very few animal products. In the body magnesium is vital to every living cell. It is needed to create the energy the body runs on, maintain muscles and build cells. It pushes calcium from the soft tissues of the body into the bones, which strengthens bones and protects the cardiovascular system.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 16:58:44
Overview of Dietary Minerals Dietary minerals are elements from the earth that are needed by the body to be healthy. There are two types of minerals, those that are essential in relatively large quantities, like Calcium and sodium, and those trace minerals, like zinc and selenium, still necessary but only needed in relatively small quantities. The best way to get all the minerals your body needs is to eat a well balanced diet of a variety of whole foods.
Posted on: 2012-04-25 15:40:59