Getting Into Essential Minerals
What's the deal with essential minerals, anyway?
We've compiled some key facts to help you understand what key minerals are and why they're so important to include in your everyday foods.
Why Do We Need Minerals?
Minerals are essential to the growth, development, and health of your body. The body needs minerals to perform essential functions like transmitting nerve impulses, maintaining strong bones, making hormones, and maintaining a normal heartbeat. It's important to make sure you're getting enough minerals through a healthy, balanced diet (see chart below for details!).
There are two key mineral groups that are equally important for your body's functions:
1. Major minerals (or macrominerals) are stored in large quantities in the body. These include sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sulfur.
2. Trace minerals (or microminerals) are still essential but stored in smaller amounts. These include iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese, fluoride, chromium, and molybdenum.
Check out this link for an in-depth on Major & Trace minerals: HealthLinkBC
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