Updated: May 8, 2020
You have probably heard about CARBS, FAT and PROTEIN (aka Macros). However, there is one more player in the team which plays a crucial role in your overall health, the Micronutrients. Of course they are needed in much smaller quantities than Macronutrients, but that doesn’t mean they are not important.
To make long story short, Micronutrients is a term to describe vitamins and minerals. They are needed in smaller quantities that macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrate) but they are essential as they support many functions of the human body. Some micronutrients can be produced by the human body if there are no unexpected complications, but, for the rest we are responsible to consume them through our diet.
For instance, if we don’t consume enough of vitamin C, our gums, joints and skin become weaker. On another note, sodium deficiency, which is a common issue especially in hot countries could lead in weakness, apathy, and nausea as well as cramps in the muscles.
Vitamins and minerals are involved in an incredible array of reactions including those that:
Turn on/off genes
Transform nutrients into energy
Form new tissues
Clean up free radical damage
Maintain organs and systems
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