As I soon approach the age of fifty-five, I have discovered that my body is not what it used to be. And I now need a few more vitamins and minerals to get my motor going in the morning and to keep it running.
The first time I went to buy my vitamins and minerals at the drug store, I stood in the vitamin aisle for about an hour. I did not purchase one tablet. I went home and I did my research. Then I went back and made the purchase correct for my body’s needs.
Here is the low-down on the important vitamins and minerals:
- · B Vitamins: There are many different B vitamins including B12, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine. These vitamins are responsible for making strong red blood cells and turning our food into energy. You can get Vitamin B from eggs, beans, and red meat. Lacking Vitamin B will cause you to be anemic.
- · Vitamin D: Sun exposure can give our body Vitamin D. Also milk, some fish, and some cereals can give you Vitamin D. A lack of Vitamin D can cause brittle bones and bone diseases.
- · Vitamin C: Living in Florida and eating the fresh fruits keeps my Vitamin C at an acceptable level. Citrus fruits and some vegetables such as tomatoes and broccoli can give you Vitamin C. Lack of the vitamin can cause tissue, cartilage, bone, and teeth issues.
- · Vitamin A: This vitamin is an antioxidant. It is found in fruits and some vegetables like carrots and squash. It helps promote bone growth, good eye vision, healthy skin, and strong teeth.
- · Sodium: I am guilty of too much sodium. I salt before I taste; this is not a good practice. Too much sodium can result in high blood pressure. But just the right amount will give you nutrients for your cells, help your muscles and nerves talk to each other, and control body fluid. Extra body fluid is bad; as is too little body fluid. Sodium is naturally found in beets and celery.
- · Potassium: Grapes, oranges, and collards will provide potassium. This mineral gives cells nutrients and helps the muscles and nerves talk to each other. Potassium can negate the effect of too much sodium.
- · Calcium: Strong bones are a result of calcium. Also calcium can help with strong teeth. You can find calcium in leafy green vegetables, milk, yogurt, and cheese. A calcium deficient equals weak bones and teeth.
Feel free to print this guide and keep it on you when you vitamin or grocery shop. I did and it has kept me straight concerning vitamins and minerals.