Minerals

Friday, November 07, 2014

Your body needs some minerals to grow and stay healthy. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill describes a few of these necessary minerals and what they do.

Dr. Hill:

Minerals are important for your body to stay healthy. Your body uses minerals for many different jobs, including building bones, making hormones and regulating your heartbeat.

There are two kinds of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals are minerals your body needs in larger amounts. Your body needs just small amounts of trace minerals.

Some of the minerals your body needs include:

Calcium, which helps regulate your heartbeat and move your muscles, and is the main material in your bones and teeth.

Sodium helps balance water in your bodys tissues and blood.

Iodine helps keep your skin, hair and nails healthy, and helps keep your thyroid gland working.

Iron, which is used in making enzymes and protein and helps the blood carry oxygen, and

Zinc, which helps wounds heal and helps your senses of taste and smell.

The best way to get the minerals your body needs is by eating a wide variety of foods. In some cases, your doctor may recommend a mineral supplement.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.