Not too long ago, we looked at the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients. Achieving the right balance can help you eat your way to optimal health and unleash your true potential.

Micronutrients – which also include micro minerals – allow vital chemical reactions to take place within the body. By focusing on your micro mineral intake, you can make sure that your body works like a fine-tuned machine and achieve nutritional harmony.

What are micro minerals?

In essence, micro minerals are inorganic nutrients that play a vital role in ensuring your health and wellbeing. You might’ve heard of them already without even realising; some nutritionists prefer to call them ‘trace minerals’.

As the name suggests, you only need a tiny quantity of micro minerals in your body to bask in their transformative effects. So, unlike macronutrients, there’s no need to spend an extensive amount of time monitoring your intake.

What micro minerals should I look out for?

Micro minerals exist in almost everything we eat. Certain dishes are filled to the brim with micro minerals, including most wholefoods.

Here, I’ll give you a whistle-stop tour of micro mineral basics. But, if you want to find out more about micro minerals and how your diet can help you reach your true potential, then take a positive step and sign up to my innovative nutritional therapy programme.

Iron

Iron is an essential micro mineral, and plays several important roles within your body.

Iron is the wonder-ingredient that enables you to create the red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body, letting your organs breathe. In extreme cases, an iron deficiency can result in blood conditions like anaemia.

Tweaking your diet is the healthiest way to make sure you’re getting enough iron, although high-quality supplements are also available. Try to include the following foods in your cooking regimen:

  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit (apricots)
  • Wholegrains
  • Fortified breakfast cereals
  • Soybean flour
  • Dark-green leafy vegetables (watercress and kale are my favourites)

Iodine

Remember that painful orange liquid your mum would rub on a graze when you were a kid? That’s iodine.

But, this clever little compound does so much more. Iodine keeps your thyroid hormones in check, as well as maintaining healthy cells and keeping your metabolism running like clockwork. Iodine can be found in wild-caught fish and shellfish, but also in cereal and grains. You only need a meagre 0.14mg of iodine per day to stay healthy.

Manganese

This trace element activates enzymes in your body, and plays a major role in all of these integral processes:

  • Bone production
  • Skin integrity
  • Blood sugar management
  • Protection against free radicals

Eating a varied and balanced diet should give you all the manganese you need without needing to resort to special measures. Just make sure you’re including the following foods regularly in your diet:

  • Cloves
  • Oats
  • Brown Rice
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Spinach
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Rye
  • Soybeans

Other micro minerals:

There are hundreds of other micro minerals that can also impact on your sense of wellbeing, such as:

  • Cobalt
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Molybdenum
  • Selenium
  • Zinc

By optimising your diet with simple techniques like these, you can make yourself fitter, healthier and, ultimately, happier.

Sign up for my unique nutritional therapy programme and discover all the wonderful ways that micro minerals can help you unleash your true potential.

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