The following is input from a visitor to our healthy eating website. We appreciate hearing from our readers with questions, comments or guest blogs since the compendium of healthy eating information is large and complicated and is growing and changing all the time.
Please feel free to add your feedback in the comments section if you have information or questions that will help further our pursuit of a healthy eating lifestyle!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed!
Mineral storage in human body
by Ashanti Daily
What happens to minerals that are not quickly used up by the body?
This is a great question!
Minerals are inorganic elements found in your body that must be supplied by your diet for good health. They cannot be manufactured by your body and therefore must be obtained from the food you eat.
Most foods contain some minerals and many people also take supplemental minerals in the form of tablets or tonics.
If the minerals are not used by the body, they are either stored in the body or removed by way of the excretory system.
The concern with minerals is that if you take them in the form of supplements, they can reach toxic levels in your system.
However, this toxicity is not likely to occur if you get your nutrients from food (unless you have some kind of metabolic or other disorder that affects your body's absorption, storage and excretion of minerals).
Nutrient minerals are usually divided into two groups—major and trace. This categorization is not based on importance, since they are all important, but rather on the amount present in your body, as well as the amount you need for good health.
In other words, the majors, like calcium, are found in larger amounts in your body and you need to obtain a greater amount from your diet than you do with trace minerals, such as copper.
Your body has an amazing ability to maintain the balance of minerals it needs, but you need to help by eating a variety of whole foods and being careful about which supplements you take and in what amounts.
If you have a particular concern about your health with regard to minerals, you may want to consult with a dietitian or other health care professional for advice.
Thank you for a great question and for visiting our healthy eating site!
Click here to post comments
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask Suzy.
Sign up to receive emails of my blog
�ª Grab this Headline Animator
Jan 17, 18 09:11 AM
Irresponsible journalism regarding organic foods
Jan 16, 18 09:35 AM
Discussion of phosphorus sources and functions and how this mineral plays a vital role in your healthy lifestyle.
Jan 15, 18 08:29 AM
A list of protein foods, both plant and animal, that you can include in your diet as part of a healthy eating lifestyle.
Have a question about eating healthy?
Get answers to your healthy eating questions.