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Nutritional Breakdown: Should My Micronutrients Be Just As Important As My Macronutrients?
- Updated: July 2, 2015
We all know about the importance of macros. Each meal of every day, we make sure our plates or Tupperware are laced with protein, fats and carbohydrates. Whether you realize it or not, if you’re working towards a goal weight or condition, the gospel of macronutrients is upon you constantly.
What about micronutrients though? Aren’t they just as important? The answer is yes, they are. Micronutrients consist of vitamins and minerals and are required in small quantities (hence the term “micro”) as opposed to macronutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates) needed in large quantities. Micronutrients do some of the following: strengthen your immune system, carry oxygen to your brain and muscles and promotes healthy bone development in infants. Those are only a handful of things micronutrients can do for you therefore it’s critical you get these bad boys in your body whenever possible.
Vitamins and minerals are found in everyday foods such as fruits, veggies, meats and whole grains. If you’re not that big fan of fruits or veggies, there are micronutrient based dietary supplements available on the market but supplements are NOT to take the place of actual food, keep that in mind. Vitamins and minerals have a daily value (DV) appointed to them but just as with the rule of macronutrients, the more strenuous your training and the bigger you are, you will need more than the standard for maximum health, performance and growth.
In my opinion, if you’re an individual with tunnel vision and only focus on macros, you’re missing out on optimizing both your potential and health. Focus on your micros, focus on your macros and make them damn gains!
Maurice Bright is an ISSA certified personal trainer who also manages his own health and fitness website, mauricebright.com in hopes to inform, educate, motivate and inspire whenever possible.