Essential micronutrients include: vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, essential fatty acids (EFA’s) and prebiotics.
Intake of these vitally important dietary factors have been declining due to deteriorating soil quality and our highly refined carbohydrate diet.
We are in a state of MICRO NUTRIENT MALNUTRITION
VITAMINS AND MINERALS ARE OUR BODY’S UNSUNG HEROES – THEY ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF NUTRITION, BALANCE AND WELLNESS. “THEY ARE THE KEYS TO UNLOCK CELLULAR PROCESSES” (Cliff Harvey HPN, 2014)
Vitamins are essential multifunctional dietary substances that have unique roles in the body. They are not manufactured by the body and therefore have to come from the food we eat. The word VITAMIN comes from the words “vital” and “amine”. Strictly speaking vitamins are “vital” to our body and a deficiency of these “vital” compounds in our diet often lead to specific symptoms of deficiency.
As individual elements, minerals fulfil extremely “vital” roles. They regulate and balance our body’s chemistry, transmit messages across nerve fibres and are the major constituents of bone. Minerals are elements that cannot be made by living organisms. We can obtain these vital micro nutrients from plant and animal sources and from the water we drink.
WHERE CAN WE FIND ESSENTIAL VITAMINS AND MINERALS ? WHOLEFOOD/ NATURAL/ ORGANIC
A healthy diet with micro nutrient rich foods is important to “build an alkaline bank balance” to counter acid forming foods and physiological stressors. In addition, these foods are best fresh and organic where possible; to maximize nutrient value.