The 5 Basic Minerals You Need in Your Diet

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We should get most of the minerals we need from the whole foods we eat, but sometimes we just can’t consume enough, and if this happens for a prolonged period of time, it can lead to a deficiency. “A large amount of the population is deficient in one or more essential minerals compared to the daily recommended amount for their gender and age,” says celebrity nutritionist Brigitte Zeitlin.

“These deficiencies are a result of either an increased need for the mineral (if you are pregnant, stressed or sick, you may need more of certain ones), a lack of the mineral in your diet or difficulty absorbing it from food, like those who have Celiac disease.”

According to Tamara Rausch, product manager for Lycored, a wellness company focused on supplements and cosmeceuticals, one study recently revealed there has been a 25–80 percent decline in the mineral content of our foods due to over-farming, chemical fertilizers and an increase in food processing.

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