Tips from Velocity Care for getting the nutrients you need
A visit to any pharmacy or health food store can leave you overwhelmed with the vast assortment of different vitamin and mineral supplements available. How do you know which ones to choose when faced with so many confusing options? Before you buy, take a look at the foods you ingest. It is important to note that enjoying a healthy, varied, whole food diet is the best way to receive nutritional benefits. Supplements shouldn’t replace nutritious foods. Remember also to take into account special circumstances. For example, women who are pregnant should increase their intake of green leafy vegetables that are vital to a baby’s growth.
A vitamin is an organic substance that is necessary for growth and good health. The body cannot produce vitamins; therefore they need to be obtained by other sources, such as foods.
What are the most common types?
Below is a list of the most common vitamins; what they do for us to keep us healthy; and in what food sources they can be found.
Vitamin A – This vitamin is good for overall health and for boosting the immune system. It also improves eye health and vision. Vitamin A can be found in sweet potatoes, carrots, dark, leafy greens, tropical fruits and fish.
B Vitamins – There are eight different types of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12) and each one has its own specific functions for keeping the human body healthy. Generally speaking however, B vitamins assist the body in converting the food we eat into the fuel we need to keep our bodies running. These nutrients can be found in meat and dairy products, whole grains and dark, leafy vegetables.
Vitamin C – Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is well known for its antioxidant and immune-boosting powers. This nutrient is found in citrus fruits, kiwi, berries, broccoli and dark, leafy vegetables.
Calcium – Calcium is a mineral that performs many different functions in the body, but it is best known for keeping our bones and teeth healthy and hard. Dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese contain calcium, but it can also be found in green vegetables, fish and seafood and some fruits.
Vitamin D – Vitamin D is essential for the growth and maintenance of healthy bones. It assists the body in metabolizing calcium and is vital for good health. It is often known as the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in the skin after sun exposure. It is also found in certain foods, such as fish and eggs.
Vitamin E – This nutrient is a powerful antioxidant and is very important for healthy skin and eyes. It is usually found in foods that contain good fats. Avocados, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils are high in vitamin E.
Which vitamins are best for me?
If you are the type of person who eats a balanced diet, full of fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, chances are you are getting all of the nutrients that your body requires through nutrition alone. Unfortunately, most of us don’t always eat as well as we should and supplementing our diets with a multivitamin is usually recommended. Sometimes we are deficient in a certain vitamin and a simple, routine blood test will be able to show this. A doctor can provide this test and recommend the best ways for you to stay healthy.
If you are feeling ill and need to be seen by a physician, visit a Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center in Louisiana or Arkansas. Visit http://www.velocitycare.com/locations to find a clinic near you.
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