Let's face it, thousands of blogs out there tell you that we need certain vitamins to stay healthy. And we agree with them, but what we want to convey here is not only the essential vitamins that you need to get fit, to stay fit, and to be happy, but how to do it without taking supplements.
And yes, while we do promote the occasional scoop of protein powder, we definitely want to make it clear to our community that vitamins can be consumed through healthy, whole food options. Of course, times exist when a supplement is easier, or necessary, but today is not the day for that conversation.
For this post, we included vitamins A,C, and D.
Vitamin A is an umbrella term for a group of nutrients called retinoids (animal-based) and carotenoids (plant-based). Each group provides different health benefits that keep our bodies working. Does that mean vegans and vegetarians are missing out? Not usually, as some carotenoids can be converted into retinoids.
Quick Facts About Vitamin A:
Vitamin C is probably the most well-known vitamin and widely available, yet year after year, people are not consuming enough of it. Ascorbic acid, vitamin C's fancy name cannot be made in the body. Adequate and excessive (and by excessive, we mean exceeding the DV% established by the FDA, which is proving to be too low) intakes of this tangy acid is linked to reduced cardiovascular disease and lustrous skin.
Quick Nutrition Facts About Vitamin C:
Vitamin D is a unique, widely discussed vitamin among researchers. It can be produced by the skin with adequate sunlight exposure, BUT evidence shows that this form of vitamin D is not the same as the fully active form of vitamin D built within our bodies. What does that mean for your sun tanning? Well, just because you got adequate sun exposure doesn't mean that your body will use the preliminary inactive vitamin D to synthesize active vitamin D.
Quick Nutrition Facts About Vitamin D:
You will notice that we haven't included fortified or processed foods. Our goal is to keep this as whole food-oriented as possible. If you consume vitamin-D fortified foods, you will easily meet most recommendations, but remember not all fortified foods are created equally. What is?