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How To Understand What Vitamins Your Body Needs



Keeping your mind and body in good working order can sometimes feel like a bit of a balancing act. With a deluge of information and opinion available, it can sometimes be difficult to determine the best approach to do so. But, does it really have to be so complicated?

When your body is lacking something that it needs, it’ll usually find a way to let you know. Let’s take a look at how to listen to your body, in order to understand what vitamins it may need.

Heart Health

Too much saturated or trans fat in your diet can have adverse effects on blood lipids, predicting an increase in coronary heart disease. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to avoid all fats. The presence of polyunsaturated fat in the replacement of saturated fat has been shown to lower/reduce blood cholesterol.

Omega-3 is one of the main types of polyunsaturated fat. You can find Omega-3 in fish such as salmon, sardines, and kippers, but if you are not a big fan of fish, it can be taken in the form of fish oil or cod liver oil tablets. These supplements ensure that you get the right levels of vitamins that your body needs, without having to pay great detail to the foods you eat.

Immune System

Vitamin D is important for the immune system. However, the main source of vitamin D is sunlight, which is not always readily available during the winter months or in certain countries.

In the UK, the winter sun doesn’t contain enough UVB radiation for our skin to be able to make vitamin D. This means that it’s wise to take a vitamin D supplement each day or pay greater attention to the foods you eat to get your daily intake.

Bone Strength

Calcium is very important for your body, as it contributes towards healthy growth and the development of bones and teeth. This claim is supported by the EFSA, which has confirmed that calcium helps to maintain bone density and strength.

Whilst calcium can be obtained from food, taking a supplement each day will ensure that you get the recommended dose.

Dry Skin

A report published by EFSA claims that “vitamin C is necessary to maintain healthy bone, teeth, cartilage, gums, and skin”. The same report explains that C-vitamins contribute to the generation of collagen – an insoluble protein fiber that is the primary constituent in connective tissue.

We must obtain vitamin C from the food that we eat and the supplements that we take. Claims from the EFSA explain that foods with vitamin C can be easily consumed as part of a balanced diet. These foods include:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli

Listening to your body, feeding it well, and supplementing your diet with these essential vitamins may contribute towards maintaining a happy and healthy body.