Today in my article I am going to talk about micronutrients, a term you must have heard often and why they are so important to the body.
With macros or macronutrients being the latest topics in the fitness world most people seem to have forgotten the significance of micronutrients. Most fitness fanatics have no idea the amount of vitamins and minerals they intake. So here are 5 essential micronutrients you need to take and why they are important.
Magnesium plays a surprising role in the body. Our body consists of about 200-300 enzymes that are magnesium dependant and are responsible for regulating blood pressure, sugar, muscle and nerve functioning.
Magnesium also maintains heart rhythm, and coordinates the nervous system. Lack of it can result is appetite loss, nausea, tiredness and weakness. Add almonds, cashews, fish, beans and bananas to your diet for magnesium.
This is a fat soluble vitamin and is responsible for clear vision, better immunity, reproduction etc. Apart from that it plays an important role in functioning and maintenance of essential body organs like the lungs, kidneys, heart etc.
Deficiency of vitamin A can often result in night blindness, aching joints and muscles, weakness, tiredness, dual vision, dizziness, skin allergies and dryness. Add fish like salmon and veggies such as carrots and fruits like orange, mango etc. for more vitamin A
Omega 3 fatty acids
At least 70% of your diet should constitute of these healthy fats. These are considered essential because your diet is the body’s only source for it and plays an important role in the functioning of cell membranes and the brain. They also control blood lipids and clotting
Lack of omega 3 results in weak memory, tiredness, dry skin, heart diseases, depression and inadequate blood circulation. You can either opt for supplement tablets or add more fish, flax seeds, walnuts, avocado etc. to your diet.
One of the widely missed nutrients among adults and kids likewise is vitamin D. This nutrient improves the body’s ability to absorb calcium and thus is crucial for better and stronger bones. It also improves immunity related functions and lowers inflammation.
Any pain in the bones or weakness or gastro related issues can be related to deficiency of vitamin D. Adding egg yolk, orange juice, yogurt and fatty fishes like herring etc. to your diet can improve vitamin D levels.
Like in the alphabetical order next to D comes E. Vitamin E is present in the body in chemical state and is mainly responsible for improving cell signals, immunity and also fastens muscle repair. It also increases generation of prostaglandins which helps stabilize blood pressure.
Deficiency of vitamin E results in weakness, unexpected and unplanned weight loss, unusual eye movements, blurred vision and also a weak liver and kidney. You may also experience hair loss, cramps etc.