The Importance of
We have to keep a good care of our health. Normally, health aspect
is neglected due to pressure of work, bypassing meals, and extreme tension in meeting targets and
But, we can achieve anything with our mind
and body in good shape of health. If not, it is very difficult to achieve your targets and meet the
An attempt has been made to discuss many of
the steps to be followed for keeping up good health. This, by no means can be construed as expert advice. You are
advised to consult your doctor in case of any query.
Here we discuss the importance of minerals
for our body and mind.
Minerals are very important in building up
and maintenance of bones, teeth, muscles, nerves, and blood. They help us in digesting our food and help our body
to produce hormones.
Our body cannot produce minerals on its own.
Hence, it is very important to feed our body its daily quota of minerals.
Minerals are divided into two sub
Macro Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus etc are macro
Micro Minerals: Iron, Zinc, Copper, Chromium, Germanium, etc are micro
Now we shall discuss various minerals one by
CALCIUM: Calcium is very important for the bones and teeth. It makes flow of blood easier.
It helps in control of nerves and muscles control. It helps prevent several diseases caused by viruses. Also, some
allergies are prevented.
Deficiency leads to Rickets, Back pain,
indigestion, constipation, stomach ache etc.
Deficiency has to be countered by taking
calcium tablets, and food that has calcium content.
Calcium is found in milk and dairy products,
green leafy vegetables, fruits like orange, and cereals.
Magnesium:Magnesium helps in energy creation of our body, muscles movement, etc.,
Deficiency leads to lack of free movement of
muscles, insomnia, urination in sleep, stones in kidneys, mental depression, forgetfulness,
Magnesium is found in milk, eggs, green
vegetables, sea food, all cereals, etc.,
helps in controlled blood flow, checking water level in the body and helping to expel bad water through urine,
control of nerves and muscles etc.,.
Potassium deficiency leads to exhaustion,
insomnia, weakness of muscles, constipation, low blood sugar, mental unrest, etc.,
It is found in bananas, tomatoes, potatoes,
green vegetables like cabbage, fruits like orange, etc.,
helps in development of brain, also helps in strengthening bones and teeth and nerves.
Copper deficiency leads to holes in bones,
hair loss, anemia, damage to heart etc.
But copper deficiency is very
But, if it is taken in higher doses, it
would become poisonous.
Copper is absorbed by body if food is cooked
in copper vessels. It is also found in birth control pills.
a very important part in creating hemoglobin in red blood cells. This carries oxygen in
Deficiency of iron leads to physical
weakness, inability to breath properly, exhaustion, forgetfulness, depression, etc., Iron deficiency is normally
found more in children and women rather than men.
The excessive iron is also
Blood donation may lead to iron
Iron is found in meat, mainly red beef,
eggs, beans, salmon fish, unpeeled hot potatoes, cabbage, and wheat.
Zinc: Zinc helps in healthy
bones, muscles, and eyes.
Deficiency of Zinc leads to pains in knees
It is found in beans and
Iodine: Lack of Iodine leads to
underdevelopment of thyroid gland. But it is needed in small quantities only.
Lack of iodine leads to exhaustion, colds,
low blood pressure, cholesterol increase in blood, thyroid cancer etc.,
Iodine is found in water, sea fish, and
Not only all these discussed above but manganese, chromium, selenium, cobalt, nickel,
etc., help the mankind.
Good food should be able to feed the body
its share of minerals, and energy. But, body should be able to digest them. If body is deficient in digestion, it
is not possible to absorb them.
In this era of fast foods, the food taken by
us is mostly of junk nature without any minerals or strength.
We have to avoid fast foods as far as