Many girls get caught up with the number they see on a scale or the reflection they see when looking in a mirror instead of being concerned with how healthy they really are. It can be helpful to monitor your daily intake of nutrients to ensure you meet healthy standards. Take a look at these resources and aim to follow a healthy, vitamin and nutrient filled diet regime.
Eat, Drink and Be Healthy Book:
This book is a Harvard Medical School guide to healthy eating and will provide you with tips to improve your eating and nutritional intake.
The following article goes in-depth on the benefits of different vitamins, and will inform you of the specific effects each vitamin will have on your body internally and externally. This can also help you detect which vitamins you may be lacking based on the condition of your skin, nails, etc. Read it here: Importance of Vitamins in Your Life
The following resources will also advise you on which vitamin you should be taking and will provide you with access to hundreds of options:
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Better than simply taking vitamins and other supplements is actually eating foods that provide those vitamins in your diet. Here is an article called “How to Eat Your Vitamins, ” which tells you what each vitamin does for you, how much you need daily, and how to eat to get enough of it.
Here is another great article, from Harvard Medical School, which discusses the set backs of taking multivitamins and the potential dangers of over-dosing (yes you can overdose on vitamins!). However, it also presents solid information on how to eat a normal low-calorie diet while still getting all the vitamins you need. Strategically eating nutrient-dense foods is the key!
Are you taking too many vitamins and minerals? Between supplements and our regular food intake, many of us are actually going over our daily recommended allowance! Thus, it is important to keep track of how many vitamins you are actually taking between food and supplements. The article also lists symptoms you may have, if you are indeed taking too many vitamins and minerals.
So now that we are all knowledgeable about the potential dangers of vitamins, what exactly are all the differences (e.g., difference between water and fat soluble vitamins)? The FDA does a nice job of breaking down the information on vitamins. They list the vitamins most people need, whether they are water or fat soluble (what this means), and discuss what age groups may be short on certain vitamins. Furthermore, they discuss the risks, how-to’s, and the whys of vitamins. Most importantly they describe exactly how the FDA regulates vitamins.
It is important to stay in the know about vitamins, especially since there has been such a big vitamin craze lately! To leave all you lovely ladies on one final note about vitamins: the New York Times published an article that poses a realistic view on vitamin intake, it tells you where it is safest to buy vitamins, and lists certifications for vitamins (or lack thereof). Sometimes its important to realize that we do not need to take so many vitamins unless we have an actual deficiency. Finding out whether you do is as simple as self-diagnosis or going to the doctor to get a blood panel done. You would be surprised the difference vitamins can make!