The Low-down ๐Ÿ”’ on the Elements โ˜ฎ๏ธโœด๏ธโš›๏ธ Your Body Needs ๐Ÿ’ฏ ...

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Elements are as essential to your bodyโ€™s health as the key nutrients (protein, carbs, fats etc) and vitamins.

There are 96 elements within the body itself, most in very small amounts which is why they are mostly referred to as trace elements.

Science also doesnโ€™t know the function of many of the minor elements however, there is a group of essentials that absolutely need to be in your diet.

1. Calcium

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RDV โ€“ 1,000 mg/d

Foods richest in calcium โ€“ watercress, mozzarella, pak choi, tofu, okra

Calcium is the most plentiful mineral in your body.

You need it for strong teeth and bones.

At the same time, it helps your blood clot and muscles contract.

Your nerves also use calcium to send and receive signals to and from the brain.2

2. Phosphorous

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RDV โ€“ 700 mg/d

Foods richest in phosphorous โ€“ pumpkin seeds, Parmesan cheese, salmon, scallops, Brazil nuts

It is the second most plentiful mineral in the body and is needed for many tasks, such as repairing your tissues and filtering waste.

Phosphorus also helps build stronger bones, produce DNA/RNA, and manages how your body stores and utilizes energy.

It also plays a role in maintaining a regular heartbeat and facilitates nerve conduction.

3. Magnesium

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RDV โ€“ 310 mg/d

Foods richest in magnesium โ€“ spinach, pumpkin seeds, mackerel, soy beans, brown rice

Over 300 chemical reactions taking place in your body rely completely on magnesium.

It helps maintain healthy nerve and muscle function.2

It builds a healthy immune system and is equally important for your digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

It also plays a role in preventing health conditions, such as autism, asthma, eclampsia, multiple sclerosis, PMS, and more.

4. Sodium

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RDV โ€“ 55ฮผg/d

Foods richest in sodium โ€“ soy sauce, bacon, Roquefort cheese, gherkin (pickles), pumpkin seeds

Salt is a mineral used by your body to help regulate your blood pressure.

It is equally important for the electrochemical balance required by neurons to transmit electrical impulses.2

It also plays a big role in keeping your heartbeat steady.

Potassium
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