First thing’s first. The human body works as an ongoing metabolic process that requires outside materials to maintain itself and function properly. There are over 40 such materials. They got 2 names.
A severe enough deficiency in any of them can kill you! That was underlined, bolded and italicized, so you know I mean business! But worry not. Longggg before a deficiency actually starts to killing you, you’ll get a big long list of other symptoms, many of which include depression, anxiety, irritability, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty waking up, inability to concentrate (any of these ringing a bell?), low energy, higher blood pressure, frequent hunger, impaired immune function, and that’s just for starters.
So what vitamins and minerals are we talking about? Some of these include (feel free to skip to the next paragraph if this makes your eyes hurt): retinol, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantahenic acid, pyrodoxine acid, folic acid, cobolamin, ascorbic acid, tocopherol, phytonadione, calcium, iron, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, potassium, choline, ecosapentanoic acid, doccohexanoic acid, and an entire spectrum of other fatty and amino acids.
Or in other words, A THROUGH ZINC!
In addition to this, there are several “vitamin-like substances” which can dramatically impact health, fitness, and performance. Some of these substances include antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and phytochemicals.
Now if you’re still reading, first, congratulations! That was a lot of complicatedness, but you hung in there!
Second, lets talk about just 1 single mineral for a moment: magnesium.
Magnesium, on it’s own, is responsible for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It plays a vita role in heart health, bone health, and immune system function. Basically, every time you yawn, magnesium is somehow involved.
Did you know that a deficiency in just magnesium can result in fatigue, inability to concentrate, difficulty falling to sleep, difficulty waking up, irritability, and depression? Basically, all the stuff your doctor would prescribe an antidepressant for, could be corrected simply by eating salad, which is high in magnesium. And I have actually seen mild to moderate depression vanish with just a few such dietary changes.
And that’s just speaking on behalf of Level A’s and B’s; the folks who just want to stay healthy! Imagine how many plateaus Level C’s and D’s are going to run smack into over and over again, while trying to fix it with protein powder.
How much iron and phosphorus did you get today? Was it enough? How about potassium?
Later on, I’ll cover more on each vitamin and mineral and it’s individual function, along with dosage, deficiency, and toxicity information. I’ll also mention how you can include a sufficient amount of all of them in your diet, without having to buy 57 dozen different things from Whole Foods.
In fact – and I can almost guarantee this – when I show what foods to get, you’ll probably double or triple your nutrition intake, while cutting your grocery bill in half.
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