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What Are Minerals?

What Are Minerals?

Minerals

What You Didn’t Know Explained

Minerals are nutrients that are essential to life – also called micronutrients because they are needed in relatively small amounts.

Minerals are inorganic compounds, meaning that plants and animals do not produce them. They also act as co-enzymes enabling chemical reactions to occur throughout your body.

Minerals are stored in various parts of the body but primarily are found in bone and muscle tissue.

Macrominerals

Macronutrients are needed in large quantities such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Microminerals

Microminerals are only needed in small amounts such as zinc, iron, copper, iodine, and potassium.

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Toxicity

To reach toxicity in mineral supplements, you must take massive quantities for long periods. While this is unlikely to occur it is possible.

Supplementing

While a Paleo diet provides the bulk of your nutrients, you may not be getting your full daily dose. Foods can lose its nutrient density by being stored insufficiently and shipped incorrectly. Meals can also lose their nutrients during the cooking process.

For these reasons, some individuals may turn to supplementing.

How to Supplement

Your body can only absorb and use so many nutrients at one time. To increase the effectiveness of a mineral supplement, try to divide the dosage throughout the day. Supplements should be taken with a meal to improve absorption efficiency.

Remember not one amount fits all. You must take into consideration your lifestyle, food preferences, and habits.

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The Take-Away

I encourage you to talk to your healthcare provider about the use of dietary supplements and what may be best for your overall health before making a decision.

Are you looking for a Primal Health Coach to help you transition and maintain the Paleo lifestyle? Schedule your first session with me free.

-Angela

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