Are you particular about what you eat in a day? Are you getting enough fruits, vegetables, and even dairy products daily? If you are not, it is not too late. You can start taking care of how you get enough nutrition now.
With the many food choices we have right now in the market, I applaud people who choose to always eat healthy food and do not easily give in to the temptation. For some people, I don’t blame them if they take too many calories without having enough nutrients.
Most of the foods advertised right now are filled with fats and sugar and they are not really filled with enough vitamins and nutrients. This is why it is important to educate ourselves on this. We may not be getting enough vitamins and minerals simply because of the type of diet we are in.
Now, let’s check if you are getting enough nutrients into your system.
Some may also refer to this as folate. This is a form in which it is present in foods, where it is one of eight B-vitamins we need to manufacture and maintain the cells in our body, especially during a period where there’s rapid cell growth. Women, for the most part, are encouraged to take enough folic acid pre and post-pregnancy. It is also known in manufacturing genetic materials and RCB that helps in carrying oxygen throughout the body. Green and leafy veggies are filled with folic acid. You can get it from other green veggies such as broccoli and asparagus. It is also present in avocado, fruits rich in citrus, nuts, and even beans.
You have probably heard before that vitamin A helps with proper vision. It plays an integral part in transmitting electrical signals from your eye to your brain. To avoid infections, vitamin A also supports your skin and mucous membranes’ health. Moreover, it also helps the functions of your reproductive and immune system. This can be found in a couple of animal foods such as liver, butter, and eggs. You can get it too from beta-carotene such as carrots, squash, peaches, papaya, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, etc.
If you have paid attention carefully to your classes in science, you’d know that Calcium is the most abundant mineral of your body – almost all of it is stored in your bones and teeth. It is vital for muscle contraction and in helping to regulate your heartbeat. Moreover, it helps in allowing your cells present in your nervous system to communicate with each other. You can get calcium from dairy products and even from leafy greens, tofu, beans, and almonds.
This is important in helping your body form and maintain healthy teeth and bones as it stimulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from your digestive tract. It is also essential in proper muscle function and in supporting the activities of your immune system. The number one source of this is exposure to sunlight. For others who don’t live in sunny areas such as the Philippines, you can always opt for fatty fish, egg yolks, liver, and even milk.
This helps your central nervous system in sending its impulses all over your body. In addition, it helps in maintaining a healthy blood pressure – which we all want. This also helps in extracting energy from your food efficiently. So, every bit of your muscle in your body needs potassium to properly contract. Fruits and veggies are filled with this. Take a look at bananas, melons, avocados, tomatoes, strawberries, and citrus fruits. For veggies, carrots, spinach, and broccoli. A good source of potassium is milk along with added calcium and vitamin D.
Now that you have reviewed this, make it a habit to equip yourself with the proper nutrients.