When Hulk Hogan went on national television and told every kid in America to ‘Say their prayers and eat their vitamins,’ he probably didn’t care if any of them did it or not, he was just playing a character after all.
But it is actually good advice. Well, the second part of it is anyway. Making sure that vitamins are a part of your diet is something that many people don’t think much about, but the ones who do will notice the difference.
Vitamins perform many, many different roles in your body. Everything from converting food into energy to developing bone & muscle mass, healing wounds, boosting your immune system, absorbing calcium and protein and just a whole host of other functions.
In general there are 13 vitamins which our body doesn’t create naturally and which we need to get through either our diet, supplements or other means. If you want more information on supplements and the like, HealthTrends is always a good source for that sort of thing.
It’s good to be as familiar as possible with the vitamins that your body needs so let’s take a look at the most important ones and where to get them:
There are several different types of B Vitamins. These are important in drawing energy from food and releasing it into your body. They’ll also help to build up protein, metabolize amino acids and they help your cells to multiply.
The different B vitamins are:
- Thamin (B1)
- RiboFlavin (B2)
- Niacin (B3)
- Pantothenic Acid (B5)
- Biotin (B7)
- Folate (B9)
There are a number of foods which you can incorporate into your diet to get your RDI of Vitamin B. Eggs, Salmon, Beef, Legumes and Yoghurt are all great sources and are all easy to include as a part of a balanced diet.
While you can be low in any vitamin, many people will experience a distinct lack of B12 in their system at some point in their life and will have to take a supplement. All B vitamins are important but B12 is especially so because it synthesizes your DNA and plays a key role in maintaining your nervous system.
Vitamin C is important for the development of something called collagen. This is a structural protein which forms the base for your teeth and your bones and it also helps your body to heal from wounds and injuries.
The best sources of Vitamin C comes from a variety of different vegetables. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, parsley and kale are all good choices. There’s also a couple of different fruits that you could try like lemons and oranges.
You’ve heard of scurvy before right? You’re not at risk of getting that but it’s the disease that afflicted sailors in the past due to the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables and it’s caused by a severe lack of Vitamin C.
You need Vitamin D to regulate the calcium levels in your system. So while you need Vitamin C to develop your bones, muscles and teeth, Vitamin D is essential in ensuring that those things stay healthy.
Lacking in Vitamin D can wreak havoc on your bones, for children it can cause extreme deformities and in adulthood it can lead to osteomalacia which will result in extreme bone pain and a proclivity to suffer breaks.
While you can get it from oily fish and red meat, the undisputed best source of Vitamin D is sunlight. And unfortunately a lot of us don’t get that all year round when we’d be less inclined to go outside.
So during the winter months it’s important to make sure that you do include more of those Vitamin D-high foods in your diet than you normally would.
So in addition to these, there is also Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin E, all of which are important in their own way and things you definitely should keep an eye on, but being more common in most of our diets you are less likely to face a deficiency of one of these.