The macrominerals are seven nutrients (calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and sulphur) that are essential for good health. Becoming deficient in any of the seven can have a number of adverse effects on your body. In this article I will be outlining five of the negative macromineral deficiency symptoms.
1) BONE PROBLEMS:- Calcium, phosphorus and sulphur all help keep your bones healthy. Not eating enough of any of these three macrominerals can lead to various bone related problems. Being deficient in calcium can lead to osteoporosis (a condition which causes reduced bone mineral density) and rickets (a condition which causes softening of the bones in young children). Being deficient in phosphorus can lead to osteomalacia (a condition which causes softening of the bones in adults). Being deficient in sulphur can lead to arthritis (a condition which causes joint inflammation).
2) HEADACHES:- Consuming low levels of sodium can cause headaches. Whilst headaches do not pose a serious threat to your health they can be distracting and stop you from concentrating properly.
3) INFECTION:- Failing to eat enough phosphorus increases your risk of infection. In the worst cases serious infections can be very damaging to your body and vital organs.
4) NERVE DISORDERS:- Not getting enough magnesium and sulphur can affect your nerves in numerous ways. A magnesium deficiency can cause numbness and tingling whilst a sulphur deficiency can cause nerve damage, numbness, pain and poor reflexes.
5) VOMITING:- Being deficient in magnesium or potassium can lead to vomiting. Whilst vomiting is not a serious ailment it can cause vitamins and minerals to be removed from the body leading to deficiencies.
To avoid the unpleasant symptoms of macromineral deficiency you need to ensure that you consume the recommended daily allowances (RDAs) for each of the seven listed below:
- Calcium = 1000mg-1200mg for adults.
- Chloride = 750mg for adults.
- Magnesium = 300mg-400mg for adults.
- Phosphorus = 700mg for adults.
- Potassium = 4700mg for adults.
- Sodium = 1600mg for adults.
- Sulphur = No RDA but most sources suggest a daily intake of between 800mg-1000mg.
Overall it makes sense to consume adequate amounts of all seven macrominerals. They can protect you from disease, keep your cells and vital organs healthy, support numerous important processes and much more. To avoid macromineral deficiency take a look at your diet today and make sure that you are eating enough of each macromineral. If you are deficient in any of the seven then make some smart food substitutions to ensure that your diet contains good levels of each macromineral.