If you hit the gym regularly, you’ve likely heard people throw around the term “counting macros.” “Macro” is athlete shorthand for “macronutrient”—the catchall term for protein, fat, and carbohydrates—and counting macros is an increasingly popular way to dial deeper into your nutritional intake.
And yet: Even as guys pour so much emphasis into macros, they often overlook “micros,” or micronutrients. A well-rounded diet consists of more than 30 micronutrients, all of which play a pivotal role in many bodily functions. And a deficiency in any of these micronutrients can cause a whole host of problems, so it’s time to start paying a little more attention to these crucial ‘micros.’
Here are seven micronutrients you should make sure you’re getting every day.