In order to be our best it is important for us to feel our best. Indefinable fatigue, lack of concentration, trouble sleeping, irritability and bad skin can all be linked to a lack of the correct things we need in our diet. Although few of us have the time, money or inclination to fastidiously study every mouthful we consume; it is important to have a good understanding of what it is our body needs, why our body needs it and where we can find it. These are some of the most commonly overlooked elements that we need in our diet to be at our very best all of the time.
We need vitamin A to maintain a healthy eyesight, appetite and general growth; deficiency can cause damage to our eyes amongst other things. Carrots, green leafy vegetables, yellow fruits and cod liver oil are all excellent and convenient sources of vitamin A.
Despite being one of the most commonly known vitamins, most people lack the vitamin C content in their diets that their bodies need. Vitamin C is vital for the wellbeing of our immune system, skin and self-repair, whilst a deficiency causes tiredness, bleeding gums and even scurvy. It is easily found in fresh citrus fruit, berries, tomatoes, potatoes and cauliflower.
A lazy fast food diet often leads to a severe lack of vitamin E which helps our body fight the toxins we encounter every day. A poor diet without vitamin E will leave your muscles feeling weak and could compromise your fertility. Vitamin E is found in nuts (particularly almonds), broccoli, kale, spinach, seeds and eggs.
Another often overlooked important part of our diet, Magnesium helps our body create energy from the food we eat and also helps us regulate our body temperature. If you find yourself with low energy levels and are feeling cold all of the time you might benefit from eating more green leafy vegetables such as spinach, nuts, bananas and even drinking coffee.
Maintaining a good level of nutrition should never feel like a chore and the benefits of it can be achieved very quickly. So instead of reaching for an energy drink, try a handful of mixed nuts for an energy boost. Or, instead of a packet of crisps eat a vitamin rich banana. The good news is that being a vegetarian, vegan or having a gluten free diet is no barrier! In order to be your best, you need to feel your best - so improve your health and wellbeing today!