Whole Food Nutrition
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Calcium is one of the most important minerals in the body. It is needed to build and maintain strong bones and teeth and also plays a vital role in blood clotting.
It is a mineral that must come from the foods we eat as it cannot be made in the body and the body needs Vitamin D to effectively absorb it.
Calcium aids the body with sending and receiving nerve signals, squeezing and relaxing muscles, maintaining a normal heartbeat and releasing chemicals such as hormones.
Fibre is essential to keep our digestive system healthy and functioning. This complex carbohydrate is found in plant-based foods and can be referred to in two different types – soluble (found in oats and fruit) and insoluble (found in wholegrains and nuts).
Some types of fibre are believed to provide a food source for ‘friendly’ gut bacteria thus helping to increase the good bacteria in our gut.
Folic acid (also known as folate) is one of the B vitamins. It helps the body to produce and maintain new cells and is vital for the formation of red blood cells. A lack of folic acid in our diets can cause a type of anaemia.
It is a water-soluble vitamin therefore it is important to avoid over-cooking.
Phytonutrients are found in a variety of plant foods, ranging from fruits and vegetables to beans and wholegrains. They are natural chemicals produced by the plants to keep them healthy and protect them for germs, fungi and other such threats.
Phytonutrients also have antioxidant properties that can protect us against disease.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient needed for the growth and repair of tissues and is very important for a healthy immune system.
It also acts as an antioxidant, aids with wound healing and helps maintain healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage.