As a whole, today’s society may be more focused on diet and nutrition than ever before. However, despite the fact that the global wellness industry is booming at $4.2 trillion, many people are not getting the nutrition they need to keep their bodies healthy. The Traina family delves into the topic of common nutrient deficiencies that cause health problems — and how dried fruit can play a role in reversing those effects.
B12 — Those that are lacking in this vitamin can experience dizziness or feeling short of breath, blurred vision, fatigue, mood and depression. A severe lack of vitamin B12 can even damage the nervous system, resulting in poor mobility. The best dried fruits packed with B12 include mangoes, apricots and peaches.
Calcium — Those that lack enough calcium in their diets may experience fainting or lethargy, numb or tingling fingertips, and weak or brittle fingertips. More serious side effects of this deficiency can result in tooth erosion, mental confusion, depression and anxiety, osteoporosis, and even growth and developmental delays in youth. Dried apricots, figs, dates and prunes are all excellent (and natural!) sources of calcium.
Magnesium — Enough magnesium in the body is crucial because it helps calcium and vitamin D do their jobs. Without sufficient magnesium, the body can’t absorb calcium. Magnesium also converts vitamin D into its active form. Signs of a magnesium deficiency in the body can include low energy, weak bones, sleeplessness and fatigue, nervousness, headaches, anxiety and more. In addition to leafy greens, black beans, almonds and avocados, figs and bananas are rich in magnesium.
Fiber — If the body isn’t getting enough fiber, it can result in constipation or bloat, sugar highs (followed by the dreaded sugar crash), constant hunger (even right after eating), weight gain, high cholesterol or blood pressure. Apples, mangoes, bananas, and pears are all great fiber sources.
Research has recently proved that supplements do little to solve the problems of these health issues. Instead, as part of a nutrient-dense diet dried fruits can be a delicious and healthy alternative to ensuring people are getting a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins in every meal. To start focusing on a more fruit-forward™ lifestyle, Traina Home Grown® encourages people to start by adding more delicious and nutritious dried fruit into every meal. Dried fruit is an easy way to explore a variety of flavors in a convenient, ready-to-go package! For more, visit www.trainafoods.com.