NATURAL IS BEST!

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The foods we eat can either help us or hurt us…. in other words, food can be our MEDICINE or it can be our POISON.  Everyday we are faced with dozens of food choices, whether we are aware of it or not.  We know our bodies need optimal nutrients to function at optimal levels so I’ve compiled a list of the best NATURAL sources of 6 vitamins found in everyday foods you can eat:

 

Vitamin A

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This vitamin is essential for keeping our vision and eyes healthy.  It also helps to promote bone growth, keeps the immune system strong and is a powerful antioxidant.

Foods containing this vitamin include:

  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
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  • Sweet potato
  • Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and collard greens.

 

Vitamin B6

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Vitamin B6 is also known as Pyridoxine and it helps with the maintenance of blood sugar levels.

Vitamin B6 also plays an important role in proper brain development, nervous system function, and in making the hormones serotonin & norepinephrine, which affect your mood.

Foods containing this vitamin include:

  • Chickpeas
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Potatoes
  • Chicken.

 

Vitamin B12

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This B vitamin helps your body to produce DNA, maintains energy levels and helps your body to grow and develop naturally. It also helps to support your brain by improving mental capacity. Vitamin B12 is mostly found in animal products; however, fortified cereals or soy milk are other sources.

Foods containing this vitamin include:

  • Beef
  • Shellfish
  • Fish
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs.

 

Vitamin C

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This vitamin is an essential building block of collagen which makes up our skin, bones, blood vessels and other tissue. It is also a great antioxidant and plays a role in healing wounds in the body. Foods rich in vitamin C are also great for boosting your immune system.

Foods containing good amounts of this vitamin include:

  • Citrus fruits (Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Grapefruit)
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Bell & Sweet Peppers
  • Dark green leafy vegetables.

 

Vitamin D

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This vitamin helps to regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorous and facilitates normal immune function. Getting enough Vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of your bones and teeth. Exposure to sunlight (in moderation) is also another way to naturally give your body some vitamin D!
Foods containing this vitamin include:

  • Fatty fish, such as tuna and salmon
  • Portobello mushrooms
  • Eggs.

 

Vitamin E

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This vitamin is essential for strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes. Vitamin E also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals are compounds that can damage (& age, ugh) the body.

Foods containing it are:

  • Peanut butter
  • Almonds and almond butter
  • Spinach
  • Hazelnuts
  • Sunflower seeds.

 

HAVE A GREAT DAY WOFB FAMILY!

 

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