Trying to live a healthier lifestyle? You’re probably hitting the gym regularly, avoid junk food and eat up on protein to build lean muscle. One thing you most likely haven’t been considering: micronutrients. And while it’s common to take a closer look on whole grain carbs, healthy fats like avocados and nuts, and lean protein when starting a fitness journey, many forget the importance of the micro-powerhouses.
But what are micronutrients? Short: they are trace elements such as vitamins and minerals and differ from macronutrients, like carbohydrates, protein and fat, because they are necessary only in very small amounts.
Nevertheless, they are essential for a healthy body and deficiencies can cause serious health problems. Micronutrients include minerals such as fluoride, selenium, sodium, iodine, copper, and zinc, and vitamins such as vitamin C, A, D, E, K, and the B-complex vitamins.
Because our body is not able to produce essential vitamins and minerals, it obtains them from the foods we eat - that’s why it’s important to incorporate nutrient-rich foods into your diet.
But did you know that 75% of the Western population does not consume enough micronutrients on a daily basis?
Consider the consequences
Nutrient deficiencies impact many bodily functions including your skin health, immunity, energy levels, your ability to focus, and last but not least - stress. Being deficient in certain minerals and vitamins can also lead to numerous serious conditions, like anemia or osteoporosis.
Yes, you might be missing out on extra vitamins that’ll boost your energy levels, curb your cravings and help you lose weight!
The environmental factor
You might eat a lot of fruit and veggies already… but unfortunately, we live in times, where soil depletion from intensive agricultural methods and pollution have a big impact on the nutritional value of our food. It is true that fruits and vegetables grown decades ago were much richer in vitamins and minerals than the varieties we get today.
Natural or synthetic?
Currently, a fair amount of people supplement their diet with synthetic nutrients like vitamin tablets. But truth is that it’s unclear how well synthetic nutrients are absorbed and used in the body. One thing is sure, they do not contain the transporters and cofactors whole foods have, which help your body assimilate all these nutrients. When you eat real food, you’re not consuming isolated nutrients, but rather a whole range of vitamins and minerals with fibres and enzymes, that allow for optimal use by the body.
Bottom line: macros are important - no doubt. When it comes to weight loss, nutrition, and overall health, don’t underestimate the power of micronutrients. And while most of us don't meet their nutritional needs, paying attention to nutrient density and quality over quantity will be a nudge in the right direction.
We want to make sure everyone can live a healthier lifestyle, naturally & easily. This is why we created superfood mixes from whole foods organic plants, so everyone can add more nutrients to their daily diet, without the hassle of complicated meal plans.
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