Small but Mighty Micronutrients
Did you know that the health of your gut has a major impact on your overall health and well-being? In fact, your gut microbiota (the community of bacteria that live in your digestive tract) plays a crucial role in everything from immunity to digestion to mental health. That’s why it's so important to make sure that your gut is healthy and happy. And one of the best ways to do that is by making sure you're getting plenty of micronutrients.
One of the best sources of micronutrients are fruits and vegetables. But unfortunately, most of us don't get enough of them due to the fact that our food supply is lacking in nutrient-rich foods and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 1 in 10 adults eat the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. Studies show that one who eats 30 different plants per week have a very diverse microbiome which is perfect for optimal gut health.
Micronutrients are essential nutrients that our bodies need in small amounts for many aspects of cellular function, including DNA repair and metabolism. Minerals are involved in a wide variety of biological processes, including immune function and energy production. Antioxidants help protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Think of them as the oil in your engine whereas the macronutrients are the gas. You need both or the car won’t run.
One way to help you bridge the gap and get a wide array of micronutrients on a daily basis is by taking a whole food supplement as they contain all of the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals from the actual fruits and veggies themselves. And of course, it is also important to consume a variety of nutrient-rich foods. Some good sources include:
Dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards)
Fruits (blueberries, cherries, oranges)
Vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes)
Nuts and seeds (almonds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds)
Beans and lentils (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans)
Whole grains (oats, quinoa, brown rice)
Wild-caught fish (salmon, tuna, sardines)
Pasture-raised chicken and eggs
Please make sure to include all or as much organic produce as possible to avoid pesticide exposure. By including a variety of these foods in your diet, you can help ensure that your gut is getting the nutrients it needs to function properly.
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