In my last article, I talked about vitamins & the important role they play in the body-within this writing, I’ll be explaining the functions of minerals, what they are & how much you need on a daily basis. So, what are minerals? Minerals are much like vitamins, but the difference is that minerals are inorganic chemical elements like potassium & calcium that your body must have in very small quantities for normal growth, for metabolism, health, and to make multiple enzymes & hormones. Just like vitamins-minerals must come from your food, when it comes to your mineral intake-you need at least 100mg’s on a daily basis, unless you are someone who may be required to take a less dosage amount, which would be labored as a trace mineral, it really doesn’t matter how great or small the dosage, what’s important is that-whether it 10mg’s or 100mg’s, they both have the same significance.
Here is the minerals you need to consume on a daily basis: Magnesium, Sodium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Chloride, Potassium, & Sulfur. With sulfur begin in just about every food you can eat, it will not be hard to get it in your system. Remember to always consult with your physician on the dosage amount you may need.
One sure way of getting the right vitamins & minerals would be to eat mostly fresh fruits, vegetables, & whole grains-but you know that isn’t possible. Another thing to take notice of is this, the longer you store your food before you eat it-the more nutrients get’s lost. Exposure to air, heat, and light restricts the amount of Vitamin C, Folic Acid, & Thiamin. Going for long periods of time without getting enough minerals in your system will make you deficient. The two deficiencies are Marginal & Subclinical, which is the early stages-the supply of vitamins & minerals will start to slowly drain, and the way your body would normally function will become weakened. If the marginal deficiency goes on for to long, it can bring on a deficiency disease. I can truly say from a personal standpoint, that I have always been skeptical about what I put into my body-and being an athlete really taught me a lot about nutrition, but as I began to grow older-it seemed like I were still missing something, so I started to research more & as I would gather the information, I got even more particular about my body. As I continued to learn about how the body changes with age, that made me really want to get into the Health & Wellness game & do it the right way. Long story Short, you cannot maintain without the proper nutrition, & this is why it’s important for you to cherish yourself by taking your vitamins & minerals.
As I mentioned earlier, vitamins & minerals are important for your body because they are also needed to make multiple enzymes & hormones, and other chemicals the body needs to function right. Another important role vitamins & minerals have to play is that-they act as strong antioxidants that seize those free radicals in your body, these free radicals are oxygen atoms that’s unstable & are made from the body’s natural progressions & certain toxins. Singlet Oxygen & Hydroxyl radicals are extremely reactive, which can cause a lot of damage to your cells-some free radicals are not as bad as we think, because your body uses them as apart of your immune system, to protect against unwanted bacteria. This is why you need to have plenty of vitamins and minerals, particularly Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, & Selenium in your body to make the antioxidant enzymes that will do the neutralizing. When you are short on vitamins & minerals, not enough of the antioxidant enzymes are begin developed, & when that happens, those free radicals take control & start to damage your cells before they get extinguished.
There are a few more things that can cause free radicals to accumulate in your cells besides just oxidation. Ultraviolet light that’s in sunshine can cause it, the person who spend a great amount of time out in the sun is more subject to getting a skin cancer, natural chemicals that’s in food, air pollution, & many other different things can bring on free radicals. Believe it or not, but if your DNA that’s in your cells are damaged too often-that can cause genetic changes that will cause cancer, & if those free radicals oxidize the cholesterol in your blood, they can cause plaque that clogs up the arteries which will in turn, lead to that person having a heart attack.
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