We’ve all heard that getting enough vitamins is important. Foods often label themselves “high in Vitamin (blank).” But what are vitamins, really? How do they impact your health? Where do you get vitamins?
These are important health facts that everyone should know. Different types of vitamins work differently in the body and come from different places.
Here are the most important things you should know about your body and vitamins.
==> Vitamin A
Vitamin A is found in carrots, spinach and fruits. It’s one of the most common types of vitamins around.
Vitamin A is used to help improve your eyes, especially your ability to see in the dark. It also helps promote better skin, skin moisture and healthy skin aging.
==> Vitamin B
Vitamin B helps the body with several different things. Most importantly, it helps the body with digestion and metabolism. It helps the body process foods and turn them into usable components, such as proteins and ATP.
If you don’t get enough Vitamin B, your body will have a hard time creating the building blocks it needs to build muscles, neurotransmitters, hair, etc.
==> Vitamin C
Vitamin C is most commonly found in orange juice and other kinds of citrus. It’s used primarily to help grow bones, tissues and teeth.
Perhaps the most prescient illustration of a lack of Vitamin C is scurvy. When someone is lacking Vitamin C, they’ll experience bleeding in the mouth, weak gums, bleeding noses and weakened ability to ward off infections.
==> Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps your body regulate and produce calcium. Calcium is used to produce bones and cartilage in your body. Having enough Vitamin D and calcium is crucial for preventing bone diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis.
There are three main ways you can get Vitamin D: Through your foods, through supplementation and through sunlight. Doctors recommend getting at least 20 minutes a day of sunlight on the skin to help ensure you get enough Vitamin D.
==> Vitamin E
Vitamin E is the anti-cancer vitamin. If you’re low on Vitamin E, your chances of getting cancer increase. Vitamin E also plays an important role in blood circulation. They help regulate the construction of new red blood cells.
If you’re low on Vitamin E, your blood may start to thin, resulting in weaker muscles and even muscle degeneration over time. Skin may start to dry as well.
The best place to get Vitamin E is through nuts, such as peanuts, hazelnuts and almonds.
==> Vitamin K
Finally, we have Vitamin K. Vitamin K is important for all kinds of internal body functioning. It helps with detoxification, especially in the kidneys. It helps your bones create bone marrow.
It also helps prevent excessive bleeding, both internally and externally.
Most people have plenty of Vitamin K. If you need more Vitamin K however, it can be found in vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, spinach and cabbage.
Now that you know your vitamins, the next step is to identify which one(s) are weak in your diet and to deliberately get more of them. If you can’t identify weaknesses in your diet, try to just plan for a balanced diet that includes all the necessary vitamins.