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Vitamins And You: Give Your Body What It Needs

Getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals into our diets, in reality, is quite a difficult task. If you think about it, the logical thing to do is to eat the correct food that can provide you with everything your body needs. Sometimes, however, we simply don’t have enough time to plan out every meal perfectly to ensure we are getting what we need.

 

So what exactly does our body need to run at it’s best?

  • Vitamin A – this helps our eyes, teeth, and skin to stay at their best.
    Found in: Carrots and anything with the carotene pigment.
  • Vitamin B Group – these help our immune system and energy levels.
    Found in: Seeds and foods like potatoes.
  • Vitamin C – great for iron absorption and keeping your blood vessels healthy.
    Found in: Oranges and other vegetables with Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin D – keeps our bones strong and healthy.
    Found in: Fish and eggs.
  • Vitamin E – ensures good blood circulation.
    Found in: Nuts and tomatoes.
  • Vitamin K – useful for ensuring your blood doesn’t thin.
    Found in: The majority of green leaf vegetables.
  • Calcium – for healthy teeth and bones.
    Found in: Milk and dairy products.
  • Zinc – helps your immunity and promotes fertility.
    Found in: Cashews, beans, and seafood.
  • Iron – for healthy blood.
    Found in: Liver, pumpkin seeds and lentils.

 

Implementing these foods into your diet may be somewhat of a difficult task for those of us that have allergies or an intolerance to a particular kind of food. Introduce as many of these into your meals, and you will notice a difference in how you feel.

 

If you are, however, struggling to get enough vitamins and minerals into your body because of crazy work schedules or allergies, then you could take supplements. Visit aSquared Nutrition site to see what’s available for you to try. Missing out on vital nutrients could lead to horrible illnesses like scurvy and blindness. Pregnant women especially need to make sure that they consume enough vitamins because it can prevent birth defects in their soon to be born child.

 

 

Some great ways of getting your required daily intake of these vitamins and minerals are to:

  1. Pre-pack some snacks and your lunch for work. Take some carrot sticks in a tub along with a medley of nuts. These will also be much healthier to nibble on than any cakes and biscuits your office may offer.
  2. Replacing regular chips with sweet potato fries will be much more health beneficial.
  3. Adding salad and vegetables to as many meals as possible will increase your intake, and it may also promote weight loss because these foods are generally very low in calories.
  4. Swapping a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar for a piece of fruit will do your waistline a favor, and also your blood.
  5. Boiled eggs are a fantastic food to snack on, because they’re filling and healthy too.

 

Look after your body, and it will look after you. Try and get as many vitamins into your diet as possible and you will feel amazing in no time!

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Not So Shallow: How Your Looks Relate to Your Health

Not everyone obsesses over their looks. As long as they look clean and neat, they’re happy. But there are some times when it’s important to pay attention to what you look like. There are some things that can be an indication of poor health, so ignoring them isn’t the best idea. Your looks relate to your health, and can help to tell you whether you’re healthy or not, so if you notice a change in your appearance, it might be worth considering if anything has changed or even arranging an appointment with your doctor. Look out for any of these things, which might mean you need to make some changes.

Skin

Your skin can be a good indicator of how healthy you are – even if it’s just how healthy your skin is. Skin can be sensitive and might be affected by a number of things. If you’re not hydrated enough or not getting enough sleep, it could cause dry skin. Lots of things can irritate your skin, from laundry detergent to soap. You can come out in hives if you’ve eaten something you’re allergic too, and a rash could even indicate something serious, like meningitis. So it’s important to keep an eye on any changes to your skin, especially if you have other symptoms.

Teeth

People can spend a lot of time worrying about their teeth and what they look like. But it might not all be vanity, as caring for your teeth is an important part of staying healthy. Getting good dental care is one way you can ensure your teeth stay in good condition. Your dentist can pick up on problems as soon as possible. Don’t wait for pain to tell you that there’s something wrong with your teeth. Both you and your dentist can spot potential problems by looking. Discoloration might indicate that you’re developing a cavity or losing the enamel on your teeth.

Weight Gain

Being fat or gaining weight doesn’t necessarily mean you’re unhealthy. You could still be fit and even eating a balanced diet. But sudden and unexplained weight gain is certainly something to look out for. And if you’re gaining weight due to a change in lifestyle, it could indicate that you need to rethink things if you want to stay healthy. Weight gain isn’t necessarily a serious problem, but sometimes it might mean an issue you need your doctor to identify. If you’re not sure of the reason for it, visiting your doctor could be a good idea.

Tired Eyes

Tired eyes could just be an indication that you’re not sleeping enough. But there are some other culprits if you’re sure you’re getting enough sleep. Sometimes, bags under your eyes might be caused by allergies that cause fluid to build up. Your diet can also cause them if you’re consuming too much salt. A diet high in sodium can mean that your whole body retains more water, including the skin around your eyes.

What’re Your Thoughts

Looking after your looks can help to keep you healthy too. So don’t ignore any changes you notice.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science.

Guest Post: Things to Know if You Are Planning On Getting Contacts

If you have vision problems, you’ve most likely, at some point, worn glasses. If you remember the first time you put them on, you probably remember how clear the world looked like all of a sudden and how many new things you’ve noticed. But, sometimes they can be a hassle. So, are you thinking about getting contact lenses? Let’s see if they’re the right choice for you!

The Basics

Not everyone should choose contact lenses over glasses. In short, they are recommended for people who have been wearing glasses for a while, and for those who are supposed to wear glasses full-time. If you don’t fit this description, there are still a few exceptions when contacts might be the right thing for you. For example, if you play sports that put you in danger if you are wearing glasses, but you can’t play without them, or if you want to wear contacts just on occasion, when you want to dress up and don’t want to wear your glasses.

What Are Your Options?

There are many types of contact lenses, and you are best off asking your optometrist about your options, because they will be able to tell you exactly what is right for you. To give you an idea what we’re talking about, we’ll list some of the options here. The most commonly used type of contacts are the disposable ones. They can last anywhere from two days, up to a whole month. However, make sure you talk to your doctor and ask them to tell you exactly how long it is safe for you to wear your contacts. If you think that, because you have astigmatism, these contacts won’t be a good choice for you, try out soft lenses. Therefore, don’t worry – if you want to wear contacts, there is definitely an option for you.

Contact Lenses Aren’t Scary

There are many stories and myths about contacts being bad for you, but most of them are absolutely not true. Think a contact can get behind your eye? There is a membrane connected to your eyelids, so that is absolutely impossible. Contacts can get stuck or glued to your eye? A little bit of sterile saline and you’re good to go. They can cause health problems? If you follow your doctor’s instructions, you will have absolutely no problems. Think they will pop out? Modern lenses are soft and follow the shape of your eye completely, so unlike their ancestors, they are very unlikely to pop out.

What Are The Advantages?

There will always be a “glasses or contacts” debate, but to be honest, both have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice is completely up to you. Contact lenses require a bit more work, as you need to make sure you have saline on you and be very careful on a windy day, but you can wear them while playing sports or even swimming (under the goggles, of course). On the other hand, glasses can be a stylish accessory and a way to emphasize your unique look. On the other hand, contacts allow you to change the natural color of your eyes, if that’s what you want. Also, don’t think that you have to choose just one, because everyone who wears contacts also has to have a pair of glasses, because your eyes can easily get tired. Visit an optometrist in Sydney or a city near you and make sure you get all the information on what is your best choice.

Whether you choose to wear them occasionally or every day, because of their advantages or just because you don’t like glasses, you can be sure that you’ll find the ones perfect for you.

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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