Micronutrients are called all those vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that we find in food and which nourish the body by leading to the proper functioning of the body.
Unfortunately, in American statistical studies, it appears that the majority of people have significant deficiencies of some vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, such as vitamin A, D, E, folic acid (B9), B12, magnesium, calcium, potassium, etc. This is because nowadays the fast pace of everyday life has been reflected in the diet, choosing fast and nutritious “gaps” foods of ready and “fast” food.
Thus, it is of the utmost importance to understand that the value of the foods we consume lies in the nutrients that they contain. The choice of a variety of nutrient-rich foods that will be consumed daily, as well as their proper combination, are the most important parameters that contribute to the optimal intake of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements and thus to the satisfactory coverage of our needs in them.
But how can we ensure that we consume the maximum of nutrients that foods offer us?
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We choose foods according to the season we are in.
The Greek salad, with its tomato and cucumber, is a trademark of the Greek Mediterranean diet and is usually a salad that we find in the shops and in the houses all year round. However, have you noticed that during the summer months tomatoes have a brighter color, are juicier, and their taste does not compare with winter tomatoes?
Especially if it has been cultivated in a nearby “local” area. This is because nature has provided to supply nutrients and various antioxidants to the fruits and vegetables that allow them to be grown on the land of each season.
We cook and eat smart.
Vitamins, minerals, and trace elements are extremely sensitive to high temperatures, air, water, and contact with mineral objects. For this reason, we prefer as many foods as can be consumed raw and without many treatments, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, to be consumed. More specifically:
We make the appropriate combinations for maximum nutrient absorption.
No matter how good the intake of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements is, unfortunately, it is not in itself enough to meet our needs in micronutrients. The most important role is played by the absorption of these micronutrients by the body. Vitamins, minerals, and trace elements act synergistically in nature and in our bodies.
This means that many times the micronutrients interact, helping or even preventing the absorption and action of each other. How, then, can we increase the absorption of micronutrients?
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