It’s easy to take something seemingly abundant and simple for granted. Much is the case with nutrition; simple vitamin needs are sometimes forgone by time constraints and an improper diet. Various vitamin deficiencies can result in life-threatening disease if essential vitamins are not consumed on a regular basis, whether through supplementation of nutrient-dense superfoods. Sometimes these actions — such as taking an organic green superfood each morning — are subtle, but profoundly affect your health overall.
Enhance Your Health with Vital Nutrients | Avoiding Vitamin Deficiencies
Most B-vitamins, found in various foods such as fish, meat and poultry, are essential if you intend to function normally. These vitamins allow the systems in your body to flourish by converting food into energy, helping healthy cell production, and promoting mental health. People with B-vitamin deficiencies, are often tired, and suffer from lifespan-crushing mental stress. It is also a little known fact that most B-vitamin deficiencies are in elderly individuals and vegans. As you age, your ability to absorb nutritional intake from food is diminished. This is often a contributing factor to what seems like dementia and mental breakdown in older people. As for vegans, their lack of animal foods in their diet prevents them from finding proper B-vitamin intake.
Vitamin C is known for its broad range of benefits, particularly its positive effects on the immune system. You may be familiar with the stories of British sailors who would suffer from scurvy during long voyages, particularly in the 18th century. When the Royal Navy began giving their sailors limes (hence the term, ‘limeys’) for prolonged voyages, deaths from scurvy began disappearing. Vitamin C’s ability to increase overall health is unquestionable. Its antioxidant properties benefit everything from immune health, disease prevention, and increasing vitality in eyes, teeth, blood vessels and more.
Vitamin D has been recognized for its full suite of benefits in more recent times. Every time the sun hits your skin during vitamin D-producing months, your body is synthesizing Vitamin D. This makes it the most inexpensive form of health insurance that you can find. If you live in a location that does not provide enough vitamin D production, supplementing with vitamin D3 is an inexpensive alternative.
All one needs to do is intake optimum levels of vitamin D to receive health benefits like cancer, disease prevention, improved mental health, weight loss, and many other substantial benefits. A deficiency in Vitamin D can lead to an increased risk of cancer, obesity, and even rickets — an easily preventable disease which is now resurfacing in the United States. Most Americans do not receive enough sunlight or supplementation to have high levels of Vitamin D in their blood. It is important that you have your vitamin D blood levels tested to ensure you are not deficient. The correct test you should receive is 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D. You will want to ensure that you are in the optimal vitamin D level range. The optimal range is 50-70 ng/ml, though anything over 100 is in excess. In contrast, 50 ng/ml or below is in the deficient range.
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These is only a small selection of the many forms of nutrition necessary to achieve the highest optimal levels of health and wellness. Often a work heavy, stressful lifestyle prevents the average person from receiving the benefits of these and more nutrients through their diet alone. De-stressing the brain and investing in a form of supplementation or nutrient-dense superfoods is vital, even if you are eating a high quality diet with whole foods.
Unless you are aware of every sign of a deficiency, it’s difficult to keep up with your body’s particular needs at any given time. Some people live with the symptoms of a deficiency for extended periods of time until it manifests in a more serious form like disease. Be aware of your need for high quality nutrition in pursuit of maintaining your health overall.