Why Micronutrients Are Key to Your Health
Have you ever heard the term “micronutrients” before and wondered what it meant? Many of us may not be familiar with every health term − very common in today’s age. Luckily, we are here to dive into the world of micronutrients and show you the key reasons why they’re important to your health.
What Are Micronutrients?
As you know, cooking healthy meals while meeting personal, family and work demands can be overwhelming, yet your body needs essential vitamins and nutrients in order to help you power through your day to the fullest.
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals essential to maintaining your body’s most important daily functions. Vitamins help your body regulate your immune system, produce energy, and clot blood if you’re hurt. On the other hand, minerals also help your body transmit information across the nervous system, build strong bones, and even maintain a steady heartbeat.
The most important micronutrients consist of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. Your body needs these micronutrients and others in order to keep you healthy. A great way to get enough of these crucial vitamins and minerals, of course, is through eating healthy meals.
What Are the Benefits of Consuming Micronutrients?
The advantages of micronutrients are vast. Studies have repeatedly shown that micronutrients have a major impact on your health.
Certain micronutrients can help prevent cell damage and are also crucial to creating red blood cells in the body. Micronutrients such as vitamins A, D, and K contribute to your vision, a strong immune system, blood clotting, and lowering inflammation within the body. Minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium are needed to strengthen bones and regulate your blood pressure. Copper, iron, zinc, manganese, and selenium, although only needed in smaller amounts, contribute to your nervous system, wound healing, and nurturing muscles.
Unfortunately, many of us do not receive the proper nutrition in our diets these days, so it is essential to eat various foods containing different levels of vitamins and minerals in order to make sure that we get the micronutrients our body needs. A well-balanced diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean protein is a great way to start.
What’s the Difference Between Micros and Macros?
At this point, and given the importance of micronutrients, you may be thinking: “Great! Now I’ll work on getting more micros in my diet,” and while they are key to your health, you can’t lose sight of the fact that macros are the ones that take your nutrition to the next level.
Macronutrients stand for proteins, carbohydrates, and fats while micronutrients stand for vitamins and minerals. Maintaining a diet based on macros while keeping an eye on micros is how you improve your body’s ability to excel and achieve optimal health and wellness.
Remember each individual has his or her own personalized daily intake of carbs, proteins, and fats in order to stay healthy. What works for one person, may not work for the other, so you may want to consider reaching out to a metabolic coach for the right support.
What if You’re Not Getting Enough Micronutrients? Or, if You’re Consuming Too Much?
Surprisingly, it’s not uncommon to find that many people today are deficient in certain vitamins and minerals, and eating less than the recommended amount of vitamins and minerals can lead to problems with your heart, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and affect your overall health.
Conversely, there’s also the concern about overconsuming too many micronutrients. You don’t want to overdo it since the risk of consuming too many of them is real. Overconsumption can lead to various health problems. Since studies have shown that many Americans tend to over consume sodium, zinc, vitamin A, and folic acid, make sure you’re not one of them.
To confirm that you’re getting the right amount of micronutrients in your diet, talk to a metabolic coach who will help you address your concerns and create a personalized plan that ensures your nutrition stays within a healthy range.
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