Minerals are as important as the other food elements in a well-rounded diet. And they will be included in your foods, if you choose your foods well. Some additional minerals may be needed, if your doctor finds your system is deficient in them, but with the natural foods you’ll be getting now, you may not need extra minerals at all.
Many people who are inclined to be anemic need Iron in their blood. Overweight people are anemic more frequently than you think. It isn’t always the skinny folks who have blood that lacks the proper quantity of red corpuscles.
Iron, in tablet form, frequently prevents serious illness. Iron is found in the following foods, in the order named:
Dried Beans and Peas
Whole Wheat Cereals
Calcium is one of our most valuable body minerals, and too often people disregard it. You won’t get too much Calcium, unless your doctor warns you against it for some special defect in you. It is found in the following foods, as usual in the order in which they are listed, and for average portions:
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The Calcium in spinach and beet greens, alas, is in a form which is not easily assimilated by the body.
Copper is a valuable mineral, too, though the system needs very little of it. It is found in lean meats and green vegetables. Manganese is found in the foods that contain Iron— but it is found in adequate quantities in the well-balanced diet you’ll be eating. Phosphorus and Magnesium are found in apples, string beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, eggs, milk, gluten and whole wheat.
Sodium, Potassium, Chlorine, Iodine, Fluorine and Sulphur are other items to be found in the body—and needed in foods, too. There are even traces of other minerals in the body— Cobalt, Aluminum and Boron. These are all found in a well-balanced diet.
You needn’t regard yourself as a walking corner drug-store. These elements are needed for your body— but you can get them painlessly by choosing wisely the foods for you.
All of these elements make you what you are. Taken in adequate quantities, they will help you stay well and strong, and look well and young. If your food lacks them, you’ll become listless, your eyes and skin will be dull, and you’ll look your age or older.
Meat, milk, eggs, fruits and green vegetables, properly chosen, will give you an interesting diet and provide you with the right proteins, vitamins and minerals. When your food is lacking in essential vitamins and minerals, or if you need more than the average amount because you’ve allowed your system to get run down, your doctor can easily prescribe inexpensive supplements.
So to have a well balanced diet you should make sure you consume the right vitamin and mineral. Make sure you include them in your diet in the right amounts. Remember that, on these lists, the first items contain large amounts, and the vitamin and mineral and protein content dwindles rapidly as you go down the list.