Essential Nutrients: Micronutrients and Macronutrients


Macronutrients are nutrients the body needs in large amounts for energy.

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats

Micronutrients are Needed in Small Amounts

These are:

  • Water soluble vitamins
  • Fat soluble vitamins
  •  Minerals: Minerals, build bones, teeth, muscles—the list goes on.
  • Water. I don’t know why Washington State University puts water last.

What Are Essential Nutrients

Experts classify these nutrients as “essential” because your body cannot make them, yet requires these nutrients for growth, maintenance, repair, and so much more.

Plain Groundwater Should Supply Many Basic Minerals

Plain water from wells and springs can be a blessing to our bodies. Groundwater can supply us with a variety of Minerals and other nutrients. The Contribution of Drinking Water to Mineral Nutrition in Humans, focusing on the positive effects of suites of elements that are known or assumed to interact in the environment or in biological systems. (General Considerations of Mineral Intake form Water. Drinking Water and Health. [National Academy of Sciences, 1977])

We Need Five Major Trace Elements in Our Bodies

  • Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium and Magnesium. The other minerals are known as Trace Elements—we still need them.
  • The essential minerals our bodies need  include gold, silver and iron.
  • Lead and arsenic are essential for a healthy body. The problem is what amount to consume?
  • ‘Lead deficiency anemia’ produced growth defects in second-generation rats, in a 1981 study.” (UCLA’s Molecular Biology Institute.)
  • These nutrients are deposited into our bones, muscles and overall bodies, and are withdrawn as needed.

We don’t need to go further into this discussion. I only want to point out

This Soup of Nutrients is Not Completely Understood by the Medical World

Our Basic Nutrients Can be Obtained from Our Basic Foods and Water

People in the Third-World Countries Drink Dirty Water and are Healthy—They Get More of the needed Nutrients

Trace Elements in our Food

Our bodies need minute amounts of iron, zinc, silver, magnesium, gold, mercury, iodine, . . .  the endless march goes on. There is at least 80-trace elements we need. We must get these from our food. Perhaps we can find some of these as supplements—I doubt it. Our best bet is to eat a wide variety of foods grown in good soil.

Be Cautious of Processed Foods

We also need to be aware of destruction of these essential elements with processing. 

Raw Foods or Minimally Cooked Foods

The Cleveland Clinic Health Cookbook says that when you bite into raw broccoli you release a chemical combination that is important to your health. This mysterious balance of nutrients is needed by your estimated 100 trillion cells.

Each cell is a little factory that orders in raw materials and repairs itself. It must get these precious elements from the bloodstream that nourishes them. It seems that we can select the best foods by eating the most colorful food. Black olives, red peppers, black coffee, green plants, red meat, and . . . the endless march proceeds.

We Don’t Need All of These Nutrients Every Day

Our bodies learned to snatch and store essential nutrients when they were available––especially trace elements like Iodine and Vitamin D. These were not always available in the daily diet 

A substance called Brown Fat has been discovered that might supply some answers. This has only recently been brought to the forefront.

Good luck to you my friends.

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