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Vital Nutrients – Phosphorus

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Phosphorus is a mineral that helps your body maintain healthy bones and teeth. It is essential for life and is the second most abundant mineral in your body next to calcium. Phosphorus plays a major role in how your body uses carbohydrates and fats, repairs cells, stores energy, and works with B vitamins. A diet made up of whole healthy foods should provide you with enough phosphorus for your body to utilize as most natural foods contain some amount of phosphorus Protein rich foods offer the highest amounts of this vital nutrient, but some non-protein sources can have high levels as well. Lentils and edamame contain impressive levels, but I found nuts and seeds to be the best source of naturally occurring phosphorus, such as Cashews, Almonds,  Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds.

In addition to bone and teeth health, phosphorus is involved with many of our body’s other natural processes such as metabolizing macronutrients, regulating energy stores, growth and repair of cells and tissue and growth and repair of DNA and RNA.

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Vital Nutrients – Thiamin

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Thiamin is a water-soluble B vitamin that helps your cells produce energy from carbohydrates. It is essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles and nervous system playing a role in conducting nerve impulses and in muscle contraction. Your body needs anywhere from 1mg – 1.4mg depending on your age, gender and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

We store thiamin primarily in the liver, but in very small amounts. The vitamin has a short half-life, so we require a continuous supply of it from our diet. Thiamin can be found in several food sources naturally, such as Black Beans, Acorn squash, sunflower seeds and corn. Also in meats such as pork, Beef steak, trout, tuna and mussels.

Breads, rice, pastas and cereals are usually ‘enriched’ with Thiamin, however, for our main sources we should always turn to naturally occurring.

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