Today we are looking at vitamins and minerals and how important they are to keep our bodies running.
Vitamins are substances that help the body’s essential reactions to take place. The best way to make sure that you have enough is simple - like every nutrient, you need to eat the right food.
There are some vitamins that can only be found in fats - they are vitamins A, D, E and K, therefore it is important not to cut fats out of your daily intake. Known as micronutrients, there is very little reason why in the developed world, you should have a deficiency - if you do, this may be down to bad food choices.
Minerals are an organic substance and are found in soil. They are absorbed by the plants you eat, and so you can also find minerals in the animals that eat those plants.
Minerals contribute to the body’s building processes and they are both part of the hard and soft tissues of the body.
Some functions of minerals are:
To help muscle contraction
To help with nerve responses
To help control the body’s balance of sodium and potassium
To help with blood clotting
So, as you can see, vitamins and minerals are very important to the body’s functions and it is important that we make sure that we are taking in the correct amount of the right vitamins and minerals.
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