When we eat, we tend to go for the taste without worrying about much else. The more picky and health-conscious amongst us will avoid those high in saturated fats, those on diets may avoid the carbohydrates and others are down to personal taste, but few of us realise the amount of vitamins that are in the dinners we are consuming on a daily basis.
The foods that we eat can have a great effect on not just our health, but how we are feeling - the moods that we find ourselves in. It’s weird to think that something as simple as what we eat can make such drastic changes, but the complexity behind what we are putting in our mouths is something to behold.
This vitamin is vital in promoting a strong immune system and also preventing eye diseases. It can be found in foods such as milk, eggs and cereals, as well as certain fruits and vegetables which are dark or orange in colour (an obvious choice would be an orange…)
There are a lot of vitamins which come under this umbrella term almost like subheadings; B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 … the list goes on. They all do different jobs but are centralized around the operations of the internal organs, as well as your blood cells and nervous system. If you eat a good, balanced diet of greens, red meats, legumes, grains and nuts, you’ll be well on your way to ticking all of the B-vit boxes.
Now we’re on to keeping yourself from falling apart - almost literally! Your body will be thanking you for an intake of Vitamin C, as it will helps to form collagen to keep your tissues and cells together. Regular intakes of fruit are what you need, and it can be prevalently found in strawberries, kiwis and all citrus fruits. Pass the glass of OJ!
The thing that is transporting you around, your skeleton, is a lover of Vitamin D. Teeth and bones need a good source of calcium to remain strong and healthy, and Vitamin D helps bones to absorb this vital body-building component. It can be found in foods such as white fish fillets, egg yolks and fortified foods, but can also be gained by taking a step outside in the sunshine and letting the rays absorb for a little while. A great excuse for getting out and about.
Forget about the antioxidant serums that you’re investing in - the way to go is simply intaking more of nature’s antioxidant with certain foods. Whole grains, avocados and vegetables oils are great, healthy examples of what you can include into your diet to help speed things along and get the best from what you’re eating.
If you’re going through a pregnancy, you will most likely be prescribed folic acid to help with the production of red blood cells, as well as helping to make DNA. It can be found in broccoli and other green vegetables such as asparagus. If you try to include a rainbow of different coloured food onto your plate when you’re preparing your meals, you’ll be well on your way to gaining your required vitamin intake!
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