Everything About Minerals!

Brace yourself! The rock/mineral posts are coming!

How does a Mineral keep the body heatly?

Depending on the mineral, each function varies.

  • Calcium- helps regulate your heartbeat and move your muscles. It is also the main material in your bones and teeth.
  • Iron- is used in making enzymes and protein. It also helps carry oxygen in the bloodstream.
  • Magnesium- has a similar function to calcium.
  • Sodium- helps balance the water level in your body tissue and bloodstream.
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How Much Should You Consume!

  • Calcium- Teen guys and girls need 1,300 mg (milligrams) each day.
  • Iron-Teen guys need 11 mg and girls need 15 mg ( girls need more due to losing a lot of iron when they bleed monthly)
  • Magnesium- Teen guys need 410 mg and girls need 360 mg
  • Teen girls and guys should aim for 4,700 mg of potassium each day.

Interesting Facts!

  • We don`t need the minerals found within the earth. However, we do need the element inside the mineral.
  • There are two main types of elements macro minerals and trace minerals.
  • Macro means large in greek. So this the type of mineral you want to consume a lot of. Examples include calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium.
  • Trace is where you only need a small amount of something. So you only need a small amount of these group of minerals. Examples include- iron, copper, zinc, and fluoride.
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That concludes the information about minerals!

Or as my niece calls it the rock study :)