Vitamins and Minerals for a Healthy Body

Overview

What are antioxidants? How does your body use vitamin C? Why should pregnant women avoid eating liver? The Body Needs series reveals why your body needs a balanced diet to be healthy. It explains how much of each type of nutrient you need to eat every day and in which foods those nutrients can be found. The importance of water and fiber in the diet are also discussed. The series looks at the way our bodies digest and store food and how the excess is released as waste. It also investigates the different health ...
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Overview

What are antioxidants? How does your body use vitamin C? Why should pregnant women avoid eating liver? The Body Needs series reveals why your body needs a balanced diet to be healthy. It explains how much of each type of nutrient you need to eat every day and in which foods those nutrients can be found. The importance of water and fiber in the diet are also discussed. The series looks at the way our bodies digest and store food and how the excess is released as waste. It also investigates the different health problems and diseases that may occur when our bodies either have too much or too little of certain types of food.

Discusses what vitamins and minerals are, how they are digested, absorbed, and used by the body, and the role of these substances in a healthy diet.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Each volume begins with a brief explanation of why our diets must include certain nutrients to stay healthy. The texts go on to explain where we can find these nutrients, how the body processes the foods, and what happens when we eat too much or too little of these substances. King explains how carbohydrates fuel the body and how diabetics are not able to use the glucose that carbohydrates produce normally. In the second book, Royston looks at different kinds of proteins-antibodies, hormones, enzymes-and how vegetarians and vegans can get enough of them. The last title describes how the body uses different vitamins in preventing heart disease, fighting free radicals, and forming healthy nerve cells. All three volumes are written in a clear, organized style and the full-color illustrations and photos complement the texts. Simple but complete introductions to complex topics.-Christine A. Moesch, City of Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432921897
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Body Needs Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Fueling the Body Machine 4

Small Quantities 6

What Are Vitamins? 8

What Are Minerals? 10

Digesting Vitamins and Minerals 12

Absorbing Vitamins and Minerals 14

How the Body Uses Vitamins 16

Using B Vitamins and Vitamin C 18

Using Vitamins D, E, and K 20

How the Body Uses Minerals 22

Minerals in Body Fluids 24

Minerals in Enzymes 26

Too Much of a Good Thing 28

Too Much Salt and Other Minerals 30

Deficiency Diseases 32

Other Vitamin Deficiencies 34

Mineral Deficiencies 36

Healthy Eating 38

Special Requirements 40

Nutritional Information 42

Glossary 44

Find Out More 47

Index 48

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