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A Comprehensive Guide to Homeschooling

Minerals, Fibre and Water


 

Minerals

 

Just like vitamins, minerals help your body grow, develop, and stay healthy.

Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Zinc are some of the minerals in our food.

 

Foods which contain minerals

 

  • dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • canned salmon and sardines with bones
  • leafy green vegetables
  • calcium-fortified foods – from orange juice to cereals and crackers
  • meat, especially red meat, such as beef
  • eggs
  • beans
  • dried fruits, like raisins
  • whole and enriched grains, like wheat or oats
  • bananas
  • tomatoes
  • citrus fruits, like oranges
  • legumes, such as beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts

 

How the body uses minerals?

 

1) Minerals help to build strong and healthy bones and teeth. (E.g. – Calcium)

2) Minerals help to carry oxygen throughout the body by forming ‘hemoglobin’ in red blood cells. (E.g. – Iron)

3) Minerals keep your muscles and nervous system working properly. (E.g. – potassium)

4) Minerals help your immune system, which is your body’s system for fighting off illnesses and infections. (E.g. – Zinc)

5) Minerals help with cell growth and helps heal wounds, such as cuts. (E.g. – Zinc)

 

Fibre

 

Another name for fibre is ‘roughage’. Foods rich in fibre are called fibrous food. Foods with fibre are really good for you and your bowels. Fibre is found in plants and can’t be digested. So it helps clean out your intestines by moving bowel movements along.

 

Foods which contain fibre

 

  • Brown rice
  • Fruit
  • Oatmeal

 

Water

 

Like food, water is also essential.

Our body needs water.

 

You can get enough water by drinking water, milk and other liquids and from our food.