The age-old adage "you are what you eat" couldn't be more true—the nutrients in your food supply your body with all it needs to grow and survive.
With every bite you take, these micro and macronutrients lay the foundation for every cell in your body. Macronutrients are the carbohydrates, proteins and fats in our foods that provide us with energy. You need these in larger quantities than micronutrients—the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that comprise our food.
While our bodies don't require as many of these nutrients, they play an integral role in promoting your health and staving off illness. Picture your body as a house: macronutrients define the basic bricks, doors, and windows, while micronutrients are the mortar that adheres the bricks, the joists that support the ceiling, and the hinges that allow the doors to swing.
And what good is a door without hinges?
Whole foods like fruits and vegetables contain far more of these beneficial micronutrients than the processed foods, refined grains, starches and cereals on shelves today.
By becoming more aware of the beneficial micronutrients in certain foods, you can tailor your diet to include more of them. So, without further ado, here are five essential micronutrients and where to find them: