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Ch 8: Symptoms of Mineral Deficiency & Toxicity: Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Symptoms of Mineral Deficiency & Toxicity chapter of this course is designed to help you plan lessons and teach the roles of various minerals in the body, including the symptoms associated with their deficiency and toxicity, in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Symptoms of Mineral Deficiency & Toxicity chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Electrolytes and calcium Roles of sodium, potassium and chloride, symptoms associated with their deficiency and toxicity; how blood calcium levels are regulated, what happens when you consume too much or too little calcium
Tuesday Phosphorus, magnesium and sulfur Functions and sources of these major minerals, issues associated with taking in too much or not enough of them
Wednesday Iron, zinc and iodine Roles of these trace minerals in the body, where they are found and how deficiencies are diagnosed
Thursday Copper, selenium and chromium What happens when too much or too little of these trace minerals are ingested, how they are used in the human body
Friday Fluoride, manganese and molybdenum How these minerals work and what happens if you do not get enough or ingest too much

14 Lessons in Chapter 8: Symptoms of Mineral Deficiency & Toxicity: Lesson Plans
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Calcium Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

1. Calcium Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Calcium helps strengthen your bones and is also needed for muscle contractions and proper nervous system function. Learn how blood calcium levels are regulated and what happens when there is too little or too much of this mineral in your body in this lesson.

Chromium: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

2. Chromium: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Chromium is a trace mineral that helps maintain normal blood glucose levels in your body. Learn who is at risk of deficiency and how a deficiency can lead to diabetes-like symptoms, as well as the issues, if any, related to chromium toxicity in this lesson.

Copper: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

3. Copper: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Copper is a trace mineral that is needed by your body for a number of functions, including making healthy red blood cells. Learn about food sources of copper as well as what happens to your body if it has too little or too much copper.

Fluoride: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

4. Fluoride: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Fluoride, obtained from toothpaste and fluoridated water, helps protect your teeth from dental caries. Learn how fluoride works and what happens if you do not get enough fluoride or ingest too much of this trace mineral.

Iodine: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

5. Iodine: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Iodine is a trace mineral needed for the production of thyroid hormones. It's commonly found in iodized salt. Learn about conditions of iodine deficiency, such as a goiter and cretinism, as well as symptoms that come with excessive intake of iodine.

Iron: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

6. Iron: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Iron is a trace mineral that your body gets from a variety of animal and plant foods. It has many functions, including making hemoglobin. Learn how low iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia and the health consequences associated with iron toxicity.

Magnesium Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

7. Magnesium Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Magnesium is a major mineral needed by your body for a number of processes. Learn how symptoms such as muscle twitches, depression, fatigue and numbness are related to magnesium deficiency, as well as the effects of magnesium toxicity, in this lesson.

Manganese: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

8. Manganese: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Manganese is a trace mineral used by your body as a cofactor that helps certain enzymes function properly. Learn what happens to your body if you consume too little manganese and what happens, if anything, when you consume too much in this lesson.

Molybdenum: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

9. Molybdenum: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Learn how the trace mineral molybdenum acts as a cofactor for enzymes that carry out important life functions and what signs and symptoms may arise if you take in too little or too much molybdenum in your daily diet.

Phosphorus Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

10. Phosphorus Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Phosphorus is a mineral needed by your body for strong bones and teeth and other body processes. Learn about the functions and sources of this major mineral, as well as what happens to your body if there is too little or too much, in this lesson.

Selenium: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

11. Selenium: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Selenium is a trace mineral needed for proper thyroid function and other processes. Learn about conditions linked to selenium deficiency, such as Keshan disease and Kashin-Beck disease, as well as toxicity symptoms, such as hair and nail loss, in this lesson.

Sodium, Potassium & Chloride: Electrolyte Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

12. Sodium, Potassium & Chloride: Electrolyte Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Sodium, potassium and chloride are electrolytes needed by your body for proper fluid balance, nervous system function and heart function. Learn how they are regulated and what happens if there are too few or too many in your body in this lesson.

Sulfur Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

13. Sulfur Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

Sulfur is a major mineral of the body that is part of certain amino acids and helps with many bodily processes. Learn what happens if you do not get enough of the mineral through your diet and what happens, if anything, when too much is ingested in this lesson.

Zinc: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

14. Zinc: Deficiency & Toxicity Symptoms

In this lesson, you'll learn about zinc, which is a trace mineral that is needed for a number of functions in your body. Learn how a zinc deficiency can negatively impact your health and impair your immune function. Also, learn about the signs and symptoms associated with zinc toxicity.

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