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Vital Vitamins

There are many vital things your body needs in order for it to function at its prime. Vitamins are just one of them. A lot of people don’t get their vitamins in simply because they aren’t aware of what vitamins are, which vitamins assist with which functioning of the body and because they don’t know how to get it without the use of supplements. This week’s health article focuses on exactly that.

Vitamins are…

There are 13 main vitamins that your body needs; Vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins which include thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate. These are quite a few uncommon and difficult to understand words, but what they refer to is the following:

– Vitamin A has multiple functions but is essential for growth and development, for the maintenance of the immune system and good vision.
– Niacin is a B vitamin that helps maintain healthy skin and nerves, while Riboflavin (vitamin B2) works with the other B vitamins and is important for body growth and the production of red blood cells.
– Vitamin C is involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
– Vitamin E is an antioxidant. This means it protects body tissue from damage caused by substances called free radicals, which can harm cells, tissues, and organs.
Interesting fact about vitamins D and K is that your body can actually produce them itself. When your bare skin is exposed to sunlight, your body creates the Vitamin D that it needs. 10 to 20 minutes of sunlight a day is enough exposure for your body to create the necessary amounts of Vitamin D for your body.
You can usually get all the vitamins your body needs from the foods that you eat. A few hints as to which foods to eat to give you the necessary vitamins your body needs:
– Vitamin A: Milk, eggs, liver, dark coloured orange or green vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin, orange fruits like apricots, peaches and mangoes
– Vitamins B: Whole grains like brown rice, barley, red meat, poultry and fish, sunflower seeds, almonds and dark leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach
– Vitamin C: Citrus fruits like grapefruit and oranges, mango, papaya, watermelon, kiwi fruit, pineapple, strawberries and cranberries
– Vitamin D: Cheese, tuna, salmon, egg yolk, beef liver and orange juice
– Vitamin K: Kale, cabbage, spinach, Brussel sprouts and asparagus

If trying to eat food high in vitamins, there are many supplements that are available to assist with getting in the necessary vitamins and nutrients in the body. Not getting enough vitamins can result in vitamin deficiency. There are tell-tale signs to look out for if you are of the suspicion that your body is lacking vitamins; numbness in the legs, hands or feet, difficulty with keeping balance or walking, anaemia and consistent fatigue are just some of them.
Ensure that you stay healthy by eating food high in natural vitamins and nutrition, exercising regularly and going for check-ups at your doctor. A healthy body is a wealthy life.

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