The human body needs certain macrominerals and trace minerals to perform vital functions. They key is knowing how much you need in your diet. Our bodies need large amounts of macrominerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, sulfur and chloride to function. While trace minerals like iron, zinc, manganese, copper, iodine, fluoride, cobalt and selenium are required in much smaller quantities.
Thankfully there are several foods and a few natural beverages that are packed with healthy minerals. Many of which are probably already a part of your regular diet.
Nuts like almonds and cashews are a great source of 7 essential minerals including iron, copper, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and selenium. Nuts are heart healthy and they are also a cholesterol lowering snack.
In addition to being an ideal source of protein, beans and lentils are also mineral packed. Try white beans, soy beans, garbanzo beans and kidney beans to boost copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc levels.
High mineral dark leafy greens include spinach, kale, swiss chard, and turnip greens. These can be eaten in salads, put on sandwiches or cooked and prepared as a tasty side.
Fish are also a top source of protein, and heart omega 3 fatty acids. Fish rich in calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and selenium include salmon, tuna, and mackerel.
Mushrooms are a food that does not immediately come to mind that are is low calorie and flavor-filled. High mineral mushrooms include shiitake, crimini, portobello, and white button.
Pair any of these foods with any of our Mountain Valley Water’s and you will have mineral rich and healthy meal. After all, all of our water choices have 220 milligrams per liter of naturally occurring minerals in solution form.
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