Last week I posted Part Three of this alternative shopping list with a brief summary of minerals Calcium to Manganese and the foods that provide the best source of these particular nutrients.
At the end of the the posts, I will collate the foods into nutritional groups so that you can print off and refer to when doing your weekly shop.
I believe in eating, and eating all food groups, just moderating the amount that you eat based on your requirements. Your body knows how to process fresh food, raw and cooked from scratch. It is not designed to extract nutrients from manufactured foods which includes the majority that come in a packet, jar or can.
With that in mind here is part four of a shopping list that your body might write if it was capable. It does try to tell you that it is missing elements that it needs which is when you are sick.
Minerals the body needs and the foods you should add to your shopping list.
Phosphorus: Essential for bone formation and production of red blood cells. Also needed for the production of ATP fuel for energy. Small amounts are involved in most of the chemical reactions throughout the body.
Clinical studies have shown that calcium supplementation without enough phosphorus may actually lead to bone mass reduction. Although most calcium supplements are combined with Vitamin D to assist absorption, trials have shown that with the addition of phosphorus bone fractures in high-risk patients was reduced by 43% within 18 months. Not usually deficient but not usually in supplements to needs to be included the diet regularly.
Best food sources turkey and other poultry and meats, dairy products, beans Vegetarians need to include plenty of whole grains and nuts in their diet to ensure that they obtain sufficient phosphorus.
Potassium: This is the main cation (positively charged electrolyte). It reacts with sodium and chloride to maintain a perfect working environment in and around each cell. It allows the transmission of nerve impulses and helps maintain the correct fluid balance in the body.
It also regulates levels of acidity and alkalinity in the body. It is necessary for normal kidney function and it also plays a part in heart and bone health with a particular role in smooth muscle contraction. The heart muscle must maintain a smooth and regular heartbeat and correct levels of potassium in the body will help regulate this.
Deficiency is linked to high blood pressure and combined in a healthy diet with calcium and magnesium rich foods can go a long way to preventing this condition from developing.
A balance of potassium, calcium and magnesium is essential to maintain bone mass and a deficiency is linked to osteoporosis.
The best food sources are dried apricots, figs, bananas, pumpkinseeds, almonds, potatoes, green leafy vegetables, fish, avocados, beans, milk and most fruit and other vegetables.
Selenium: A very important trace mineral that activates an antioxidant enzyme called glutathione peroxidase, which may help protect the body from cancer. It is vital for immune system function and may help prevent prostate cancer. Selenium has a number of crucial functions within the body including playing a part in healthy growth and reproduction. It is also needed to keep some of your major organs healthy including the liver and the heart.
The best dietary sources are Brazil nuts, cashews, mushrooms soybeans, tuna, seafood, meat and whole grains. It is also found in yeast.
Sodium:This is an electrolyte (cation), which is a positively electrically charged atom that performs essential tasks within each cell. It is very easy to have too much sodium in your diet as it is added in too large quantities in cooking and in industrially manufactured foods. It is naturally occurring in vegetables, more than sufficiently for normal needs.
Excess sodium is related to elevated blood pressure levels when combined with chloride as common salt and should be reduced significantly in the diet. Sodium contents should be multiplied by 2.5 to identify the actual amount of salt being consumed and an area to look closely at if you have high blood pressure is the amount of sodium in any mineral water that you are consuming daily in quantity. If you are eating a diet rich in vegetables you will have sufficient for your body’s needs.
Zinc: A trace mineral that is a component in the body’s ability to repair wounds, maintain fertility, synthesis protein, cell reproduction, maintain eyesight, act as an antioxidant and boost immunity. It can be used topically for skin conditions. It is essential for a functioning metabolism and hormone production such as testosterone. It is also needed for the production of stomach acid. Too much zinc will depress the copper levels in the body.
The best food sources are seafood particularly oysters, pumpkinseeds, sesame seeds, wheat germ, egg yolks, black-eyed peas and tofu.
©Sally Cronin Just Food for Health 1998 – 2021
I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-three years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines, radio programmes and posts here on Smorgasbord.
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