vitamins, minerals, and supplements

vitamins, minerals, and supplements

If one is committed to living healthy then knowledge about vitamins is essential. Vitamins are also known as coenzymes and in more simple terms are responsible for speeding up necessary chemical reactions in the body. We could not live at all much less live healthy without vitamins. To begin your journey of living healthy, check out our vitamin guide and learn about each vitamin. You will most likely be surprised as to how much of an effect vitamins have on living healthy. Did you know that a severe lack of vitamin A often results in blindness and that B Complex vitamins are essential for a healthy nervous system? How about that a prolonged lack of B12 can result in life threatening anemia and serious damage to the nervous system? Healthy levels of Vitamin D result in decreased rates of certain types of cancer while Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant that promotes healthy blood vessels resulting in prolonged youth and delayed onset of chronic diseases. Feel free to browse through our section on health conditions and see how other vitamins can help in preventing and providing nutritional support for a host of illnesses.

Minerals and Living Healthy

Living healthy would be impossible without adequate amounts of minerals in the diet. The Northern United States was once known as the “Goiter Belt” due to a lack of iodine in the soil which resulted in adding iodine in the salt which was helpful in the subsequent decline of thyroid conditions in the U.S. The soils in much of the African continent are low in the mineral selenium. One exception is the nation of Senegal where levels of HIV are surprisingly low even though the habits and lifestyles of that nation are not significantly different than surrounding nations. Nevertheless, the role of selenium is this phenomena is only speculative at this time. Did you know that the mineral magnesium is responsible for over 300 chemical reactions in the body? Anyone interested in living healthy needs to make sure they are getting enough of this important mineral. Zinc plays a role in the action of 70 different enzymes within the body and has been shown to speed in the recovery of cold viruses. In our present age, living healthy is a bit more of a challenge because most crops are raised in depleted soils that lack adequate amounts of important minerals. This would suggest that living healthy is more in the hands of the proactive individual rather than the society as a whole. Feel free to browse through our section on health conditions and see how other minerals can help in preventing and providing nutritional support for a host of illnesses.

Natural Supplements and Living Healthy

While no one should buy into the notion that one supplement can act as a cure-all, neither should one dismiss the role that certain nutritional supplements can play in achieving better health. Living healthy is never about any one factor but rather combining multiple factors related to one’s health in a positive direction. Taking nutritional supplements can never serve as a substitute for a healthy diet or adequate sleep. Nutritional supplements can however help in the process of living healthy by further fortifying one’s health when taken alongside an already healthy lifestyle. Probiotics such as acidophilis have been shown to promote a healthy intestinal environment and can be helpful for people taking antibiotics as well as those with certain gastrointestinal conditions. Probiotics are found on foods and come from the soil where crops are grown. They play an important role in strengthening the immune system but sadly due to insecticides and food irradiation are not available in adequate amounts in our food supply with the exception of certain brands of yogurt. Fish oils play an important role in living healthy as they decrease inflammation and contribute to a healthier heart. Digestive enzymes are essential for proper digestion and may be helpful with certain types of allergies and in their ability to curb inflammation. Feel free to browse through our section on health conditions and see how often nutritional supplements can help in preventing and providing nutritional support for a host of illnesses.