Your diet and general nutrition habits can be divided into three categories: your calories, your macronutrients and your micronutrients. Your daily calorie intake is essential for balancing your weight and manipulating either weight gain or weight loss – you cannot lose weight without a calculated calorie intake, so forget about doing 15 minutes of sit-ups every morning.
Taking things a bit further, your macronutrients are the proteins, carbohydrates and fats you eat throughout the day. These will decide whether you gain or lose fat, or muscle.
But, what about micronutrients? Personally, I’ve never had a clue how important regular vitamin and mineral intake is for my general well-being, although I have heard numerous times that you need to eat your fruits and vegetables because they’re good for you.
That said, how does it work exactly and why are micronutrients so damn important for your health? Here’s the gist, prepare to be amazed.
Metabolism management and weight balance
Looking to lose some weight safely without the risk of it haunting you again in the future? Vitamins and minerals play a key role in metabolism management – the process of burning nutrients you get through food. Some people are blessed with a high metabolism and don’t need to worry about excessive weight gain. However, for those who don’t, a balanced micronutrient intake could regulate hormonal processes and help kick-start the metabolism.
Specifically, foods rich in magnesium, selenium, and Vitamin B are crucial for the metabolism of carbs, fats, and proteins and they can be found in lentils, fish, whole grains, eggs, poultry and dark leafy vegetables.
Given the fact that micronutrient intake is essential for almost all processes in the human body, it is no surprise that certain minerals and vitamins can ensure healthy skin by battling eczema and other skin conditions and influencing anti-aging processes.
Make sure to take in plenty of zinc, magnesium, silicon, sodium, copper and iron in order to promote healthy skin, and avoid wasting your time and money on expensive skincare lotions and creams that only treat symptoms, yet neglect the cause.
Fighting off illnesses
Micronutrients are crucial for fighting off a myriad of common illnesses such as high blood pressure, anemia, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, stress and anxiety, sexual illnesses and skin-related problems. For instance, selenium is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the world, good for preventing cancer and the formation of free radicals – however, it’s hard to find enough of it in foods, much like many other minerals.
Contrary to popular belief, micronutrients are not easy to come by, and it is even harder to get enough of them through diet alone. So, how do you make sure you’re getting enough of them?
When I found out just how important micronutrients are for our general well-being, I was surprised to see how many people neglect their intake and allow themselves to suffer from some form of vitamin and mineral deficiency. That is when I found out that it’s actually very difficult to reach your daily requirements without supplementation.
Not only is micronutrient efficiency from food directly correlated to their bioavailability (meaning how much of it you actually use), but it’s also highly unlikely that you are able to eat enough food during the day to ensure you’ve reached your requirements.
So, take my advice and start using Biocare products to make sure your vitamins and minerals are in check. After all, who doesn’t want to live a long and healthy life?
You should optimize your nutrition and make sure that you’re eating clean, healthy foods for the most part, if not completely, to get in as much of these precious micronutrients as possible. However, given the fact that the bioavailability of micronutrients is suboptimal, it becomes far more convenient to meet your requirements with a vitamin and mineral supplement.
No matter how you go about it, don’t skip your micronutrients if you want to lead a healthier, more rewarding lifestyle!