There’s a lot of information on nutrition out there - which can be quite overwhelming sometimes. Paleo, veganism, low carb… what is truly healthy? Well, there’s much more to health than just following a plan. It’s understanding, what your body needs. That’s where micronutrients come into play.
Micronutrients are trace elements such as vitamins and minerals. They differ from macronutrients, like carbohydrates, protein and fat, because they are necessary only in very small amounts.
Micronutrients include minerals such as fluoride, selenium, sodium, iodine, copper and zinc, and vitamins such as vitamin A, B, C D, E, and K. Because our body is not able to produce all vitamins and minerals, it obtains them from the nutrient-rich foods we eat.
CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES
Nutrient deficiencies impact many bodily functions including your skin health, immunity, energy levels, your ability to focus, and last but not least - stress. Being deficient in certain minerals and vitamins can also lead to numerous serious diseases, like anemia or osteoporosis.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR
Unfortunately we live in times, where soil depletion from intensive agricultural methods and pollution have a big impact on the nutritional value of our food. It is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties we get today.
Our fast-food culture makes it even harder to meet our body’s nutritional needs every day - it’s so convenient to grab a sandwich on the go instead of cooking a healthy meal at home.
NATURAL OR SYNTHETIC?
Currently, over half of the US population takes synthetic (artificially isolated in a lab from eg. petroleum) nutrients like multivitamins. But truth is that it’s unclear how well synthetic nutrients are absorbed in the body and if they are actually healthy. When you eat real food that grow in nature, you’re not consuming isolated nutrients, but rather a whole range of vitamins and minerals with fibre and enzymes, that allow for optimal use by the body.
The importance of natural micronutrients for our health is undeniable - and it’s clear that most of us don’t meet their nutritional needs nowhere near. But it’s in your interest to take care of your body, by providing it with the vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive. Are you ready to take action and start taking care of your health?
Take this 3 minute test and discover what micronutrients you are deficient in.