Food provides the body with energy. But it needs more for our body than just carbs, fats and protein to work at its best.
In particular, the so-called micronutrients are essential for your health!
But what exactly do we mean by micronutrients? Why do we need them? And how can you ensure that you supply your body sufficiently? Here’s everything you need to know!
What are micronutrients and why do we need them?
Micronutrients are trace elements such as vitamins, minerals and secondary plant substances. They include, for example, minerals such as fluoride, selenium, copper, and zinc, as well as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K.
Unlike macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat), the body only needs small amounts, yet it cannot do without them. Micronutrients are involved in many processes:
- Growth & metabolism (e.g. vitamin D, phosphorus).
- Building blocks (e.g. calcium in bones and teeth, iron in blood)
- Co-factor for enzyme & hormone reactions (e.g. magnesium, iodine)
- Protection against free radicals (e.g. vitamin E, selenium)
- Strengthening of your immune system (e.g. vitamin C, zinc)
- Brain function (e.g. B vitamins) and many more
As you can see, micronutrients fulfill vital tasks. However, since our body cannot make them on its own, it needs to get them from food. We can only be fit and healthy, if micronutrients are available in the right amounts.
How can I meet my daily micronutrient requirements?
As a rule, a varied diet is sufficient to prevent deficiencies. Plenty of fresh vegetables and some fruit are the best foundation. The body can absorb many trace elements and some B vitamins better and faster from animal sources. This is something to keep in mind when following a purely plant-based diet!
For an optimal supply with micronutrients, it’s also worth taking a look not only at your food intake, but also at what you DON’T eat.
Here are a few tips for you:
1. Eat at least 3 servings of raw foods a day.
2. Buy fresh, seasonal, local and organic groceries and process them quickly.
3. Prepare your food gently: peel only where necessary; do not overheat.
4. Drink green smoothies or vegetable juice regularly.
5. Make sure your diet is rich in variety and color.
6. Avoid highly processed products with many additives such as fast food or convenience food.
Under certain conditions, such as dieting, pregnancy, high-performance athletes and stressed, sick or elderly people, the need for micronutrients may be increased.
In this case, dietary supplements can help. However, before you reach for such products, be sure to read the instructions on the packaging and seek professional advice.
Make sure that your body is sufficiently supplied with micronutrients
Whether vitamins, minerals or trace elements: Micronutrients are involved in virtually all metabolic processes. It is therefore important that you consume plenty of micronutrients and consciously check the quality of your food.
Give your body the nutrients it needs. It will reward you with health and better fasting results.
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