You eat healthy, and take your daily muti-vitamin, but did you know that you still may be missing some valuable nutrients that you body really needs for proper function? Many people are deficient in vitamins D and B-12, as well as in minerals like calcium and magnesium – and they’re not consuming enough fiber either. Those five things alone can have a huge impact on your metabolism, energy level, your sleep cycle, the ability to lose or maintain weight, and a whole host of other issues that can affect how your body’s functions. See for yourself how these five items in particular can affect your body:
1. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is unique from the many other essential vitamins our bodies need because we have the capability to manufacture it on our own, through exposure to sunlight. The problem is, many people do not spend enough time out in the direct sun (sans sunscreen, which hinders the process) to make our bodies produce a sufficient amount to let our bodies work properly. That’s when you either need to ensure you eat enough vitamin D-rich foods or take a supplement — and there-‘s a very good reason for this. Vitamin D just happens to be a key aid in facilitating cell to cell communication, plus it helps to regulate the absorption of both phosphorus and calcium in our bodies. Without vitamin D, not only would all of our body perform less efficiently, but our bones would weaken as well.
2. Vitamin B-12
This particular vitamin aids in the production of red blood cells, keeps your nerve cells healthy, and has a significant effect on your energy levels. It also has been reported that B-12 helps to make DNA. So, when your body doesn’t have enough of this key vitamin not only will you rob yourself of healthy blood cells, but your may also become anemic, as well as suffer from other side effects like depression, dementia, paleness, weakness and extreme fatigue. Drinking too much alcohol, stress, too much caffeine, and certain medications can all deplete vitamin B-12 levels in your body. So, if you are indulging, you may want to include an extra supplement to make up the difference.
Most people know that calcium is a key nutrient in the body because it helps to build strong bones, but many people do not realize that calcium also helps with the release of necessary enzymes and hormones, with muscle contractions, and with blood clotting– and when I say muscle contractions, that means the heart, too. This is why it is so important to make sure you are taking in enough calcium, because it’s not just your bones that are at stake. Newer studies have also theorized that maintaining proper calcium levels early in life may lead to decreased odds of obesity as people age.
Magnesium is just as important for helping build bones and maintain heart health as calcium, but in addition, it contributes to many more chemical reactions in the body, including being a fantastic nutrient for relief of constipation. Often dubbed the “miracle mineral,” magnesium helps for both relaxation and energy maintenance, it helps to prevents diabetes, and it is used to treat ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder), Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, asthma, restless leg syndrome, anxiety, and many more conditions. It is even used to help prevent hearing loss, to neutralize stomach acid, and when applied topically, is sometimes used to treat ulcers on the skin.
The reason it is so important to consume enough fiber is not only because it makes us full and helps us to better relieve ourselves when we defecate, but because it has so many more functions in the body. Fiber is a crucial nutrient because it helps to lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL), it significantly reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke, and a regular high fiber diet has been shown to be a key factor in preventing or reducing the risk of diseases or conditions like hemorrhoids, asthma, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and gallstones. Those who maintain a high fiber diet can also improve their skin as fiber binds to toxins in the body and helps move them out through the colon. Less toxins, less acne.
There are many key nutrients we need to keep our bodies in top condition, but if you have to narrow it down to just a few, these five are pretty important. Take a look at your daily intake and consider whether or not you may be missing some of these. If you are, it’s a pretty easy fix for all you get in return.
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