Minerals and the Body

William Smith is the President / CEO and Founder of the INTRAFITT Corporation which was established in California in 1992. Will has won more than twenty-eight bodybuilding championships and is also known for his role as “THUNDER” on television’s American Gladiator between 1990 – 1992. He is a National and International Speaker on Performance Nutrition and Exercise Science.

I’d like to finish up our recent conversations relating to vitamins and minerals in the human body.  We recently discussed Vitamins and now to finish up this topic ending with minerals.

Minerals are nutrients that are found within the body as well as in food.  Even though only 4 to 5 percent of human body weight is made up of minerals, these inorganic elements are essential for overall mental and physical well-being.  All tissues and internal fluids of living things contain varying quantities of minerals.  Minerals are constituents of bones, teeth, soft tissue, nerve cells, muscle and blood and play a very important role in the synthesis and maintenance of several regulatory and structural systems within the body.  For instance minerals strengthen the skeletal system while preserving the vigor of the heart, brain, muscles and nerves.

Because their work is so closely interrelated, minerals co-exist with vitamins.  For example, certain B-complex vitamins are properly absorbed only when combined with the mineral phosphorus.  Like vitamins, minerals function as catalysts assisting in numerous biological reactions such as muscle contractions, the transmission of messages through the nervous system, and the digestion and metabolism of food.  Minerals also aid in the production of hormones and help to regulate the delicate fluid balance within the body, which is essential for proper cellular function.  Along with protein, minerals help to keep the blood and tissue fluids from becoming too acidic or too alkaline and assist chemical substances in and out of cells by altering the plasma membrane.  Physical and emotional stress may cause a strain on the body’s supply of minerals, therefore interfering with the body’s ability to repair damaged tissues and inhibiting the responsiveness of the immune system.

In summary, given what we have just learned about the role of vitamins and minerals in human nutrition, it would probably be a good idea to include a basic multi-vitamin/mineral supplement each day.  Even if for no other reason than to provide the body with a safeguard, and protect it against any possible deficiencies that may develop as a result of eating foods that are lacking these essential micronutrients.

Visit us on the web at www.intrafitt.com to start your complete and individual nutrition and exercise program today.  You won’t be sorry you did!

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