We have extolled the many virtues of whole foods and the benefits of avoiding processed foods. There is an endless array of health benefits in living an organic lifestyle. One of the many benefits is the addition of whole foods and the micronutrients that follow along. So, what are these micronutrients and how can something seemingly so small make such a huge difference in your overall wellness? Can they truly keep you sickness and disease?
What Are Micronutrients?
Your body needs certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients to stay healthy. What exactly are they and why do you need them? According to the CDC, “Micronutrients are dietary components, often referred to as vitamins and minerals, which are required by the body in small amounts, and are vital to development, disease prevention, and well-being. Micronutrients are not produced in the body. This means you have to supply them with your diet. News flash – processed foods cannot give you the easily assimilated micronutrients the same way organic whole foods can! Micronutrients include minerals such as:
- Vitamins (C, A, D, E and K, and also the B-complex vitamins)
Micronutrients – Big Deal…
They may not seem like a big deal, but micronutrients are the building blocks for health and wellness. When there are deficiencies in micronutrients such as iron, iodine, vitamin A, folate and zinc, it can have a devastating effect on a person’s health. For example, iron is an essential mineral. It is critical for motor and cognitive development. Children and pregnant women are very vulnerable to the consequences of iron deficiency. Iron deficiencies can lead to issues such as chronic anemia, bleeding problems, fatigue, and trouble concentrating. Another example is Zinc. This mineral promotes healthy immunity, resistance to infection, and proper growth and development of the nervous system. A deficiency in zinc can cause issues such as thinning hair and acne among other issues such as neurological development delays Micronutrients are needed in very small amounts. These substances have been called magic wands because they help the body to produce the enzymes, hormones and other substance needed for proper growth and development. When you have a well-rounded diet rich in whole foods and a colorful plate of veggies and fruits you often do not need a vitamin supplement. This is because whole foods produce micronutrients that your body can easily assimilate. Processed foods with artificial ingredients often have ingredients that block your body’s ability to absorb any added vitamins or nutrients! You can’t even use them!
Keep It Simple – Keep It Fresh
Keep it simple, keep it fresh, and keep your food organic. This will ensure your body can assimilate all those wonderful natural micronutrients the way nature intended!
Application & Resources
- Check out Oregon State University and what they have to say about micronutrients
- Read more about the 7 Signs of Zinc Deficiency
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