Do you sometimes get that icky, yucky, unhealthy feeling because you know you could be eating much healthier than you are presently? Not quite sure where to start when it comes to eating right and making sure you get those all important vitamins in? Well, get your pen and paper ready, because our 5 Top Vitamins for Optimum Health is for you!
OK, so, vitamins are essential nutrients for the human body as they play many roles for your body to work properly and to be energetic and vital. Vitamins are known as being both water-soluble and fat-soluble. Be aware of which and how many vitamins you take in as they can, in wrong dosages cause harm to you physically. I strongly recommend you keep a daily planner.
Now let’s get into 5 Top Vitamins for a healthy body!
1. Vitamin B1 (water-soluble)
Known as Thiamine, this is an essential nutrient that provides a healthy nervous system helping maintain nerve transmission function in the cells.
Where do you get it from? Vitamin B1 comes from sunflower seeds, tuna, black beans, lentils, nuts, pork, fish, beef and eggs. Oh yum what a great combination of food! Sunflower seeds are one of the best nutrients when it comes to vitamin B1 and play a variety of roles within the body, for example, reducing blood pressure, stress, asthma symptoms, migraines, strokes and heart attacks.
2. Vitamin C (water-soluble)
An ideal one to protect your cells and keep them in tip top shape, alongside maintaining your connective tissue, supporting organs and helping your wounds to heal as quickly as possible!
Where do you get it from? The fantastic thing about vitamin C is that it is found in a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Strawberries, blackcurrants, red and green peppers, broccoli, lemons, kiwi, berries, peas, papaya and bell peppers, which offer you as much as 300% of your daily requirements. WOW! perfect in delicious sauces and for making great smoothies.
3. Vitamin A (fat-soluble)
Known as retinol, this one ensures healthy vision and a strong immune system, in order for the mucous membranes to develop and provide healthy bone growth. So make sure your getting enough vitamin A!
Where do you get it from? To get enough vitamin A for example, drinking one cup of fresh carrot juice will give you 600% of your daily needs. Not a fan of carrots? Well not to worry, there are other sources of vitamin A such as, spinach, sweet potatoes, winter squash and turnips.
4. Vitamin D (fat-soluble)
Essential for your body, it ensures that your bones, teeth and muscles grow strong and healthy. Without adequate vitamin D your body will not be as robust as it should be. Did you know that our bodies manufacture vitamin D from sunlight? However, many people have a lack of vitamin D due to not getting enough sunlight (ie. in several parts of Northern Europe) causing bone deformities like, rickets, bone pain, and tenderness known as a condition called Osteomalacia. So it’s really imperative to check you’re getting regular, quality supplies of this vitamin!
Where do you get it from? Vitamin D is found in a variety of foods such as, salmon, sardines, red meat, liver, and egg yolks.
5. Vitamin K (fat-soluble)
This needs your attention! Vitamin K is important for example, in ensuring your blood clots. If you’re low in vitamin K and you cut yourself this can lead to really messy complications that are best avoided!
Where do you get it from? Kale is one of the best sources to obtain your vitamin K. Just by blending one cup of kale, will give you 1000% of your daily needs. There are also other foods containing vitamin K as spinach, Brussels sprouts, romaine lettuce and broccoli.
To get a fun, basic overview on vitamins check out the kid-friendly video below! Wishing you the very best on your road to start being healthy, taking care of and feeling confident in your body -afterall it’s the only one you have and it needs to last a lifetime!