Micronutrients: Small, But MIGHTY
Updated: May 5, 2022
Last week, we learned about the essential role of water for our bodies. Continuing with the theme of nourishing our bodies and promoting optimal health, today we examine the role of micronutrients in our diet!
What are micronutrients?
Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that the body needs to function properly. As the name implies, these vitamins and minerals are needed in small amounts. But don't let that fool you! These small, but mighty nutrients are equally important to the functions of the body as their sibling, macronutrients (fats, proteins, carbohydrates). They aid in the production of hormones and enzymes, as well as play a significant role in the regulation of our metabolism and the maintenance of tissue function.
While we frequently hear more about macronutrients and how to incorporate those into our diets, we often do not give micronutrients the attention they deserve. These essential nutrients are imperative for optimal health and each one plays a specific role in supporting the functions of the body. Below you will find the six essential micronutrients according to the Centers for Disease Control. Read More
Are you getting enough?
These vitamins and minerals are crucial for disease prevention and overall health. Except for vitamin D, micronutrients are not produced in the body and are most frequently acquired through food sources.
Although only small amounts of micronutrients are needed, it is very important to consume the recommended amount to ensure a healthy functioning body. Deficiencies can result in wide-ranging consequences. A large percentage of adults have some level of deficiency. The good news is it's easy to fix! Aim to eat a well-rounded diet, with plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean sources of protein, along with healthy fats, such as nuts and olive oil.
A quick way to add vital micronutrients is to start by adding more fruits and vegetables. Variety is key because fruits and vegetables all contain different beneficial nutrients and antioxidants.
Fruits and Vegetables Serving Sizes Infographic
We hope you find this info helpful as you think about fueling your body appropriately for your needs and your lifestyle!
-Nicole and the OMPT Team
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