The one thing we want everyday when we wake up is to feel good. Have you ever noticed the difference in how you feel when you eat right, exercise and get the proper amount of sleep for your body the previous day? You feel like you can face anything, right?
You can and should strive to feel like that everyday and it starts with your nutrition. We eat right for the benefits of vitamins and nutrients we need to function properly. When we do that, we sleep better, workout better and handle our daily tasks better.
Here are 6 Vitamins you should be getting to feel good everyday of the week.
Beta Carotene – Beta Carotene is known as the vanity vitamin in some circles. You will benefit from this vitamin in the form of healthy vision, good skin and a strong immune system. While you can get this vitamin in the form of a supplement, it’s best to look into good old fashioned nutritional sources. Carrots, sweet potatoes and green peppers are a few of the many food sources to enjoy.
Iron – (One of my favorites) While some sources of iron are not that popular in the taste department, it is a critical vitamin for your overall well being. Have you ever bent down and stood up real fast, only to feel light headed? Yeah, that usually indicates low iron. The organ meats (liver) are known to have the highest sources of iron, but if you’re as grossed out as I am with eating another living animals internal organs, there is still hope.
Iron can be found in other abundant sources such as seafood, nuts and leafy green vegetables. This is one of my favorite vitamins because I love all of those and there are so many ways to prepare them. You can also get iron in supplement form, especially if you’re anemic, but make sure you always compliment any supplement with natural nutrition.
Potassium – Potassium is a favorite among most people because it is so easy to get this nutrient and enjoy it! While potassium is most notably found in bananas, you can also get your fix from raisins, leafy greens, milk and oranges. It can lower and regulate your blood pressure, regulate your heart rhythm, and counteract too much sodium (which you shouldn’t have too much of anyway).
Vitamin D – If you’re an athlete, or you like to be out in the sun, Vitamin D will, without a doubt, be your favorite. This vitamin is said to be a 1-2 punch along with calcium, which is optimal for your bones. Not enough vitamin D can result in osteoporosis and problems in the wellness of children. If you’re an athlete, more so involved in a contact sport, you should make vitamin D supplements a mainstay in your cabinet.
One of the interesting things about this particular vitamin is its source is gained primarily through sun exposure. This is a good thing (another reason to be outside this summer).
Calcium – Calcium would be the “cross” to the “jab” of vitamin D. Along with vitamin D, calcium plays a large role in bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis. The subject of calcium is tricky because the sources that are most known for this nutrient are in dairy products. I, myself don’t eat a lot of dairy, so if you’re the same in that regard you can still get the benefits through leafy greens like Kale and mustard greens.
Vitamin C – The Granddaddy of them all, vitamin C is the most important vitamin for your body and its overall health and wellness. You can get vitamin C through so many different sources such as citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruit), bell peppers, berries, leafy greens and broccoli. While taking a supplement is a great way to get a daily dose of this nutrient, it is recommended to rely on your food sources for the best impact.