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Are You Getting Enough of These Minerals?

By Sara Butler

You hear people talk a lot about how important certain vitamins are to your overall health and wellness, but what about minerals? The minerals you get through a healthy and balanced diet help to promote energy, proper thyroid function, and healthy bones, among many other things. If you're eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables each day, chances are you're getting what you need. But just in case you're wondering, here are a few of the minerals you should be paying extra special attention to.

Iron

Your body uses iron to carry oxygen to every single cell, so to say it's important is an understatement! When you don't get enough of this mineral you'll feel fatigued and sluggish, maybe even weak as well. You can get this mineral through eating dark green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach but you'll absorb more if you pair it with a food filled with Vitamin C. That's because Vitamin C helps your body to absorb more iron.

Spinach and citrus salad, anyone?

Calcium

You're not a kid anymore, but that doesn't mean you don't need calcium in your diet. Getting enough now still lowers your chances of avoiding brittle bones when you get older. So, make sure you're still eating dairy products but throw in other calcium-rich foods as well, such as beans and spinach.

Magnesium

You need magnesium for energy and bone health. Not getting enough of this mineral will set you up for fatigue. A great source of magnesium in the diet is pumpkin seeds, which also contains another important mineral, zinc. So don't be afraid to grab some pumpkin seeds as a snack or shake some onto your favorite salad.

Zinc

Your brain needs zinc to function normally, specifically when it comes to memory and cognition. It also helps your body to regulate your thyroid hormones correctly. If you're a big seafood fan, then you're in luck because oysters are a great source of zinc and selenium. It might be time to start shucking.

Potassium

Potassium is good for your heart because it helps to regulate blood pressure and plays a key role in the proper function of your central nervous system. Bananas are your go-to source for this mineral, but you can find it in salmon, sweet potatoes, and greens, too.

Your health is important and one of the easiest ways to ensure you're healthy is through proper nutrition! 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash.

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