Vitamins and Minerals

Growing up, you may have been told it is important to eat a well-balanced meal so that you get the vitamins and minerals needed to build a strong, healthy body. As kids, we probably consider this a ploy to finish our supper. We developed a respect for those words because vitamins and minerals are necessary to remain healthy.

Some patients may not eat a balanced diet for various reasons. Therefore, it is critical that you assess the patient for vitamin and mineral deficiencies and administer the prescribed therapy to restore the patient's nutritional balance.

In this chapter you'll learn about vitamins and minerals and how to assess patients for deficiencies. You'll also learn about vitamin therapy and mineral therapy and how to educate your patient about proper nutrition.

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