The foods we eat contain vitamins and minerals. These micronutrients provide our bodies with the ability to perform countless biological activities such as hormone production (testosterone) bone formation and immune system support. Minerals are found naturally occurring in the soil and the production of vitamins begins with photosynthesis (plants creating energy from sunlight).
A deficiency in any single vitamin or mineral may interfere with your body’s ability to function properly which could ultimately hinder performance.
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Theoretically, you can meet your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals from eating a wide variety of whole foods. That means consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains and meats every day. In other words, different types of foods will offer different types of vitamins and minerals; for example, lean ground beef offers plenty of iron, milk provides calcium, nuts and seeds provide vitamin E.
If you’re eating a widely varied diet that includes meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts and seeds you may have adequate vitamin and mineral intake.
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