Eat your daily vitamins! First Health Associates tells you how to eat your daily vitamins. We all know that our bodies need vitamins and minerals to keep it running smoothly. But can you get all the essential nutrients you need to stay healthy through the food you eat? You can certainly try!
In today’s health-conscious environment, healthy eating options are readily available. However, making sure you get all the essential nutrients your body needs through diet alone requires a little knowledge.
For starters, eating a rainbow of colors in your fruits and vegetables is a good rule to follow. By doing this, you are more likely to be getting the recommended daily amounts of most vitamins and minerals. This is especially true if you are also including a balance of lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats like nuts, seeds and avocados.
But how do you know which fruits and vegetables are rich in a specific vitamin in which you may be deficient? And what function or role does each vitamin play in your health?
WHAT ARE THE MOST VITAMIN-RICH FOODS?
Here’s a look at some specific vitamins and minerals and the foods in which they can be found:
Vitamin A – helps promote wrinkle free skin, is anti-aging and anti-inflammatory
Find it in: sweet potatoes and cantaloupe
Vitamin B – helps support metabolism and helps fight fatigue
Find it in: shrimp and bananas
Vitamin C – boosts immune system and may lower cancer risks
Find it in: papaya, strawberries, kiwi
Vitamin D – strengthens bones, improves your mood
Find it in: sunshine, egg yolk and milk
Vitamin E – promotes strong immunity, healthy skin and eyes
Find it in: sunflower seeds, almonds
Vitamin B12 – keeps nerves and blood healthy
Find it in: grass-fed beef, eggs, fish, liver
Magnesium – calms the nerves and anxiety, relieves muscle aches
Find it in: dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish, avocados
Calcium – builds and maintains strong bones, also good for the heart, muscles and nerves
Find it in: dark leafy greens, almonds, broccoli, milk and yogurt
By eating a variety of vitamin-rich foods, you’ll reap the all the healthy benefits associated with each vitamin and mineral. Next time you’re at the grocery store, be creative. Try some fruits and vegetables you’ve never had. Your body will thank you!
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
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