Most of us do our best to eat healthy foods, get enough exercise, and sleep for at least eight hours a night, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t always work out. However, eating healthy foods and having a balanced diet ensures we’re getting enough vitamins to help our body function.
We may not always realize it, but the foods we put into our body can affect how much energy we have during the day, how we sleep, and our overall mood. Though I always feel better when I know I’m taking good care of myself, it’s easier said than done.
While we can’t always guarantee we’ll eat enough vegetables and fruits every day, we can make it a priority to start taking vitamins. Whether you’re looking for more energy or want to boost your immunity, here are a few vitamins you may need more of:
Vitamin B6 helps our body to sleep well, but it also helps to regulate our appetite and our mood. It also helps protect our immune system and makes sure our body produces enough red blood cells. In order to make sure your body has enough of it, eat foods such as chicken, bananas, baked potatoes, and even nuts.
It is incredibly important we get enough vitamin D, but many of us, unfortunately, don’t. Vitamin D helps your body to absorb the calcium it needs to have healthy bones and teeth, but it also prevents muscle soreness and improves our overall mood. But, because our main source of vitamin D is the sun, many of us do not get enough of it if we live in areas that don’t see a lot of the sun.
While we can get vitamin D through foods such as salmon, milk, eggs, and mushrooms, consider taking a vitamin D supplement if you feel you’re not getting enough.
Our bodies need vitamin A for vision, healthy skin, and even to strengthen our immunity. Having enough of it also reportedly lowers the risk of being diagnosed with certain cancers. In order to make sure you’re getting enough, eat plenty of vegetables (such as carrots, broccoli, and spinach), as well as eggs, milk, and cheese.
If you’ve ever been sick there’s a good chance you know about the importance of vitamin C, which helps to strengthen our immune system. Having enough vitamin C may also reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as reduce the risk of chronic illnesses. Citrus fruits are very high in vitamin C (such as oranges, pineapples, grapefruits, etc.), so make sure you’re getting enough of those foods in your diet.