If you eat a well-balanced diet, you obtain all the nutrients you need... right?
To perform optimally, the body needs a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Many are acquired and absorbed by eating a variety of rich and nutritious foods.
Although they are one of the keys to health, minerals are often overlooked. Essential minerals, or elements, are categorized into two major groups: macrominerals or major minerals, and micro minerals or trace minerals. These two mineral groups are both crucial for overall wellness.
Major minerals include the commonly discussed sodium chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sulfur. More elusive, but no less important, are the trace minerals which the body needs in smaller quantities (hence the term trace).
Trace minerals help our bodies perform at their best. It is through these elements and minerals that the brain, organs, muscles, and nervous system thrive. When the body is in balance, it functions optimally. But the balance is complex. If our bodies fall out of balance with key nutrients, we suffer the consequences of inefficiencies.