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Fats insulation and cell integrity

Fat plays a number of important roles throughout the body: Protection of organs, temperature control, and the uptake and storage of fat soluble vitamins and minerals. These include vitamin A, D, E and K. These are important for good vision, teeth and bone development, blood clotting and preventing cell damage. Fats in our skin give us a radiant complexion while fats in our hair give it a glossy shine. Consumption of essential fats in moderation should be a focus of any balanced diet.

Essential fats can be found in oily fish, avocado, nuts and seeds like sunflower and flax. You may have heard of trans-fats and how bad they are for us. Found mostly in fast food and some spreads trans-fats have been hydrogenated which simply means through a process hydrogen has been added to a fatty acid to make it harder at room temperature. This also increases its shelf life.

Vitamins specific functions

Vitamins are organic chemical compounds found in food and are vital to our health. As the body cannot create the vitamins it needs they have to be available in the food we eat or in the form of supplements. There are two vitamin groups: water soluble and fat soluble.

Water soluble cannot be stored in the body. An excess of vitamin C for example will be excreted in urine.

Fat soluble
vitamins are stored in the liver. Excess amounts can be toxic and harmful.

Minerals- specific functions

Minerals are micronutrients and needed for the correct formation of bones, healthy nerve function and even play a vital role in the operation of the cardio vascular system. Minerals like vitamins enable the body to perform certain functions including energy production, growth and healing.

To see a complete table listing all the vitamins, minerals their sources and functions you can go online and search for them. But really all you need to know is that the best sources come from fresh meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains and pulses. All the beautiful things that exist naturally on this planet without us mucking around with them. Some things you won't find with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals in are crisps, sweets, soft drinks and processed foods.

Water hydration

Water is the most important nutrient by far. A deficiency in this for less than a week could result in death. It is responsible for 60% of the body's weight. Water is used to regulate body temperature through sweating, transport nutrients around the body and as an environment for every chemical reaction. For a full grown adult aim for around two litres a day. Increase this amount with the introduction of physical activity.

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