Micronutrients & Why Your Body Needs Them

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Micronutrients

Micronutrients are necessary in tiny amounts and are essential for good health.
When you have micronutrient deficiencies, it can cause serious health problems
including adrenal fatigue.
Micronutrients are necessary for the healthy functioning of all your body’s
systems, from bone growth to brain function.
Micronutrients are the “vitamins and minerals” your body needs to survive and
flourish. The vitamins your body thrives on are vitamin C, A, D, E, and K, as well as
the B-complex (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, and folate.) Adrenals especially need vitamin C and plenty of water
to work correctly.
Minerals are also essential for good health. Your body uses minerals for many
different jobs, including keeping your bones, muscles, heart, and brain working
optimally. They also make enzymes and hormones.
There are two kinds of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. You need
more substantial amounts of macrominerals. They include calcium, phosphorus,
magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulfur. You only need small amounts
of trace minerals. They include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt,
fluoride and selenium.
Sounds daunting, I know, but getting micronutrients in your diet isn’t as difficult
as you may think. Eat the rainbow, including plenty of nuts, whole grains, and
green leafy vegetables.

* Asparagus is a sulfur-rich vegetable that contains folic acid. Low levels of folic
acid have been linked to neurotransmitter impairment, which can lead to anxiety.*

*Leafy Greens are also great for stress and anxiety because they are rich in
magnesium, the natural “chill pill.” Throw some Swiss chard, kale or spinach into
your diet.*

Vitamin C and Trace Minerals

Fruit contains natural sugar, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help to decrease
inflammation while boosting the immune system. Fruits also support the adrenal
glands.

Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are low in sugar and strawberries are
high in Vitamin C.

*Stress can cause your adrenals to lose Vitamin C. Vitamin C is
essential for adrenal glands to function properly. The more stress you’re carrying,
the more vitamin C you should eat.*

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