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The Importance of Vitamins and Minerals


The Importance of Vitamins and Minerals - Nutrients by the Alphabet Summary (Guest Post)

Keeping your body healthy can be a complicated process, and with
different sources throwing a huge range of information at you, it can be hard
to decipher fact from fiction. Juggling work, a social life, and getting enough
sleep along with exercising and eating healthy can be a big task, and that is
before you even consider making sure that you get enough vitamins and other important
nutrients! Read on to learn more about these important vitamins and how to meet your daily needs with natural food sources!

This is a Guest Post by Josh Wardini, Editorial Contributor and Community Manager at Webmastersjury. With a preliminary background in communication and expertise in community development, Josh works day-to-day to reshape the human resource management of digitally based companies. When his focus trails outside of community engagement, Josh enjoys the indulgences of writing amidst the nature conservations of Portland, Oregon.

The best way to increase your intake of those important vitamins is
to improve your diet, either by cooking your own food or using a meal delivery
service like Green Chef. However, if you are truly deficient in a specific nutrient(s), you can also use vitamin supplements to ensure that you are meeting your daily requirements. One thing’s for sure though, before you do anything to improve your vitamin situation, you should strive to know as much as you can about why they’re actually important.

Luckily Fuel for the Soul, LLC provides a Nutrients by the Alphabet
series, outlining a different necessary nutrient every week following the
letters of the alphabet. The series has recently finished, ending on the
all-important Zinc, which is required for the functions of over 300 enzymes,
and therefore needed every day to maintain your health.

natural sources of zinc

For every nutrient listed, you will find why it is needed, the
benefits that it can bring to your mind and body, and the many other reasons
you should be making sure that you get enough of that nutrient. You will also
be able to find out which foods naturally contain that kind of vitamin, so you can
easily ensure that you are maintaining a balanced diet that includes those foods.
For example, you can find Zinc in oysters, milk, chicken, almonds, dark
chocolate, and many other foods.

The Nutrients by the Alphabet series will also supply you with
ways to get more of the good stuff with a new recipe every week, so you will
never get bored of eating the necessary vitamins and minerals in the same old
foods and meals. Just as important as how you can cook the food, you will also
be able to find out just how much of the minerals you need. For example, the
recommended daily amount of Zinc needed for males is 11 mg, while women older
than 19 need 8 mg per day.

In addition to Zinc, you can also find out about water, Vitamin C,
Riboflavin, Magnesium, Histidine, and many others. Who knew there were enough
vitamins and minerals in the world to fill up the entire alphabet!

Although it is important that you make sure you are getting enough
vitamins and minerals on a daily basis, you shouldn’t let it rule your entire
life. Trying to find out exactly what and how much of each vitamin and mineral
is in every piece of food would take ages. The most important thing is to make
sure that you have a healthy, balance diet (made up of colorful fruits and
vegetables, wholegrains, lean protein, and healthy fats) to accompany a healthy
and active lifestyle. And you can refer to this awesome info-graphic (created by Josh himself) for a cheat sheet when it comes to the most common vitamins, how much of each vitamin you need, and where to find them in natural food sources! 

If you are still concerned that you are not getting enough
vitamins and minerals naturally, for example, if you don’t like certain types
of food or you are a vegetarian, there are other ways to get vitamins. There
are many companies that now offer vitamin supplements, which are essentially a
more condensed version of the vitamins that you can find in food. Although it
is always best for you to try and get the vitamins into your body naturally,
these can be a great alternative.

It is best to seek professional help from a Registered Dietitian, however, if you feel that you have a true deficiency in order to ensure that you are getting adequate nutrient intake through natural, whole foods and high-quality supplements. Contact Kelly today and start your journey to a healthier and happier YOU!

Tampa Registered Dietitian