We know vitamins and minerals are good for us but do we really know the benefits of each one? Where we find them or how many we need? The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a deeper look into the natural world of vitamins…
Vitamins and minerals provide essential nutrients that your body needs to work properly. You should get all the vitamins you need from eating a varied diet but some people may need to take extra supplements. It’s important to remember that taking too many for long periods can prove harmful. Vitamins fall into two camps-fat soluble and water soluble.
Fat-soluble vitamins are predominantly found in fatty foods such as butter, vegetable oils, oily fish and dairy foods. These vitamins are important in making your body work but they don’t have to be eaten every day. Your body stores these vitamins which will build up for when you need them. Vitamins that fall into this category include:
- Vitamin A-essential vitamin for vision, gene transcription, immune boosting, and great skin health.
Vitamin D-essential for bone health.
- Vitamin E- to help maintain cell structure by protecting cell membranes.
- Vitamin K-to with blood clotting and bone building/protection
Unlike fat soluble vitamins, water soluble vitamins are not stored in the body which means you need to have then more regularly. If you end up having more of these type of vitamins in your system than you need your body will release them in your urine. Foods containing these vitamins are things like fruit, vegetables and grains. These vitamins can be lost in water so boiling them can mean a real loss of their goodness but this can be easily avoided by steaming or grilling. Vitamins that fall into this category include:
- Vitamin C-essential for maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage
- Vitamin Bs (Group)- many essential uses for the 8 vitamins in this group including the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose, the breakdown of fats and proteins, muscle tone in the stomach and intestinal tract.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet means getting the essential nutrients your body needs to function in the way it needs. A lack of vitamins and minerals due to a poor diet could cause serious consequences on your health. Many of us are more guilty at looking at calories than focusing on nutritional content of what we’re eating or thinking about eating. Is it true that we would rather look good than feel good? Or do they go hand in hand? It’s time to take note of what your food contains and what you need in your diet. Looking after your health is priceless and actually sourcing vitamins from the right places is pretty easy!
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