Mineral and Water Function

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Brittney Hodnett Mineral and water function Brittney Hodnett Mineral and water function Abstract Minerals and water are two very important needs of the body. There are many things that can affect both the minerals and water you intake which can cause the body to suffer. The following essay will discuss the functions and sources of minerals and the functions of water. The paper also goes over the effect of dehydration on the body. Minerals, like vitamins are substances found in our food. Our bodies need minerals for health and growth. Without these important nutrients in our bodies, we will suffer from a risk of deficiency in our diets. The functions of nutrients help our bodies to maintain its daily functions. There are two kinds of minerals, macro-minerals and trace minerals. The human body needs large amounts of macro-minerals, these minerals include magnesium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and chloride. We need just small amounts of trace minerals, which include copper, iodine, fluoride, zinc, iron and selenium. Minerals help with forming bones and teeth, they protect cells from damage, Iron helps the red blood cells deliver oxygen to body tissues, minerals keep the muscle function and nerve function working normal and they keep the right amount of water in the different parts of your body. Minerals come from soil and cannot be made by our bodies. Minerals work in balance with metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and fats. If there is a mineral that is of abundance it takes from others and it can cause deficiencies. Food sources with minerals are almonds, beans, figs, carrots, raisins, pecans, brown rice, apricots, dates, garlic, spinach, brazil nuts, cashews, papayas, avocados, celery, clams, cheese, corn oil, brewer’s yeast, whole grains, soy beans, bone meal, legumes, seafood’s, raisins, black strap molasses,

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