How Important Are Micronutrients for Health?
The health and proper functioning of your body depends on your ability to take in adequate amounts of both macronutrients as well as micronutrients. Macronutrients are the protein, carbohydrates, and fat we consume through our nutrition while micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals. Far too many people only focus on the macronutrient side of the equation and completely negate the micronutrient aspect of health and functioning. In this article, I want to break down why you should be focusing on the micronutrients just as much as the macro.
But first, let’s get an understanding of exactly what the term “micronutrient” means. By definition, a micronutrient is “a chemical or substance required in trace amounts for the normal growth and development of living organisms.” With that out of the way providing a better understanding of the terminology, let’s dive into the importance of micronutrients for health.
Think Micro to Get Macro Results
When you look at micronutrients, there are around 30 essential vitamins and minerals that your body cannot produce on its own. Therefore, it’s extremely important that we try to get all of the various micronutrients from our nutrition or supplementation. Being deficient in certain micronutrients can actually cause you to get sick or lead to many different illnesses and diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and even some forms of cancer – and in a worst-case scenario even death.
What can you do to help take in a wide variety of micronutrients in your nutrition? It’s actually quite simple – eat more variety. That means eat a bunch of different colored vegetables and fruits. Try to consume different types of proteins and healthy fats throughout the day.
Ideally, you would want to take in all of the micronutrients needed through your daily nutrition. However, we all know what the American diet looks like and that does not exactly align with what we are trying to accomplish here. With that being said, when you compare what type of volume is needed from a macronutrient to a micronutrient perspective, macronutrients are needed in a much higher volume as compared the micronutrients – making them slightly easier to get in on a daily basis assuming you’re eating a variety of foods or utilizing a supplement.
What Do Micronutrients Do?
Looking at micronutrients as a whole, they play some very important roles when it comes to maintaining our health and proper functioning. Micronutrients are vital for:
- Helping to produce hormones in the body
- Aiding with the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats
- Protecting the brain
- Producing enzymes to aid in digestion
- Building lean muscle mass and repairing tissue
- Supporting metabolism
- Maintaining fluid balance in the body
- Improving skin health
How Can You Ensure You’re Taking in ALL Essential Micronutrients?
Other than eating a wide variety of foods like what was mentioned above, supplementing with a multivitamin/mineral product can be extremely advantageous. For instance, Evogen has created two amazing products with Evovite tabletsand Evovite Naturals powder. Both will help provide you with the essential micronutrients you are probably deficient in and ensure that you get the daily intake required for your body to function optimally.