Vitamins and Minerals Your Body Needs and Where to Find Them
No matter how many complex and delicate machines scientists manage to make, they will never be able to make something as intricate and complex as the human body. Our bodies are healthy and unique, like delicate pieces of machinery capable of the most incredible processes. However, even with all of its strengths, human metabolism requires a stable intake of certain vitamins and minerals to function correctly. For as long as we can remember, we have been hearing about how important they are, but we don’t know precisely why it’s so. We’re here to help you find out.
Zinc is incredibly essential for your brain and your mind in general, and without it, you wouldn’t be able to think straight, so to speak. Among many of its functions, we’d like to point out a few: it helps boost your immune system and makes it stronger, helps with the proper functioning of digestive system and speeds up the process of healing when you have acne. What is more, zinc also helps improve your memory and cognition, and it’s advised that pregnant women take more of it. Zinc can be found in seafood like oysters and crabs but also in beef, pork, and cashews. Ginger roots are also rich in it, as well as pumpkin seeds and whole wheat grain.
A lot of people are familiar with the function of calcium – it strengthens our bones and our teeth. The elderly are particularly encouraged to take in more calcium and calcium supplements because it can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis by keeping our bone tissue healthy. Also, professional athletes and other physically active people are taking it regularly to ensure that their muscles are functioning properly. What is more, it’s also useful for preventing blood clotting and keeping the nervous system healthy. Calcium is richly concentrated in all dairy products, and you can ingest it by eating and drinking yogurt, milk, and cheeses. In case you are lactose intolerant, we suggest you switch to different nuts and cereal, but also green leafy vegetables.
Magnesium isn’t as ‘popular’ as calcium, but it’s equally important for your body. You should ensure that you get enough magnesium for several reasons. First of all, it’s great for your heart, and it will keep your heartbeat strong. Furthermore, when combined with calcium, it boosts your energy levels and keeps your bones and muscles healthy. If you’re working out regularly, you should try taking magnesium supplements. You can in the form of powders, capsules, and tablets: a pack of magnesium tablets by Australian NaturalCare, for example, will last for a very long time even if you’re working out five times a week. If you want to keep your energy levels high, muscles healthy, and avoid any sleep problems, go for some raw pineapple, pumpkin seeds, spinach, rice, oats, and rye in your diet.
Even though a balanced diet will provide your body with plenty of calcium, you don’t want to take too much, because too much salt will end up in your kidneys. Kidney problems are challenging to control and make better, so keep an eye on the amount of salt you’re taking in. This is when Vitamin D step in: it is able to absorb the overbalanced amount of calcium, thus making calcitriol or active vitamin D. Unfortunately, there aren’t many foods rich in vitamin D on the market. It can naturally be found in salmon, swordfish, and tuna, for example, but it can also be added to so-called fortified foods (milk, yogurt, orange juice, cereal, and cheese). Another natural way to get more vitamin D in your system is to be out in the sun a lot, but if you do this, make sure you wear sunscreen. In the end, the most effective way to get enough vitamin D in your system is to take supplements regularly.
Vitamin A is an integral and crucial part of human cells. It helps produce white blood cells, and it’s great for boosting the immune system to fight off different illnesses as well as infections. This vitamin is essential to maintain proper cell growth and division cycle, and it helps regulate the inner structure of cells. Foods rich in vitamin A are liver and intestines, which can be a problem for some people. This is where different supplements as well as vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and spinach step in. If you’re a smoker, on the other hand, it’s best to talk to your doctor before taking vitamin A supplements because they can affect your health differently.
To stay healthy and live longer, it’s important to take enough vitamins and minerals every day. Monitor your health closely and if you notice that you lack any particular nutrient, talk to your doctor and together try to find the best way to fix this. It’s never a good idea to take supplements without talking to a doctor first.
by Diana Smith
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.