By Deborah Lowther @kidsgummymum
Sponsored by Adult Essentials
We all have days when we don’t eat properly. Maybe it’s a vacations to a foreign destination where our usual foods are not available, or weeks camping where fresh fruits and vegetables are eaten in the first few days or religious observation. There is one way to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs regardless of the quantity of healthy foods you consume, and that is through vitamins.
Taking daily vitamins cannot replace healthy foods, but taking key vitamins can provide a good backup should your diet be lacking.
An all natural Multi Vitamin free of artificial dyes, colours and sweeteners can provide your body with the minimum amount of vitamins A, B, C, E and folic acids it needs on a daily basis. These are the vitamins you will get from fresh vegetables and fruits and are essentials to maintaining good health.
B-Complex and B12 are vitamins that fuel your metabolism and energy levels. The B Vitamin family, which includes niacin and folic acid, help your cells, help you digest food, they affect glucose tolerance, are involved in energy production and help to control fat metabolism. These vitamins keep energy levels up so you can be active and staying active is key to good health.
Important in maintaining a healthy immune system, Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin, and as such, it must be replenished every day. If you are not consuming Vitamin C rich foods such as oranges, cantaloupe, red peppers, broccoli, or kale, then taking a Vitamin C supplement is a good alternative.
Calcium and Vitamin D work together to not only grow strong bones, and healthy teeth. Vitamin D also helps prevent many diseases such as heart disease and some cancers while it boosts your immune system. Vitamin D can be absorbed naturally through sun exposure, but applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and staying in the shade will prevent that. Eating or drinking foods fortified with Vitamin D or taking a supplement will ensure you are getting enough of this important vitamin.
This essential fatty acid has many health benefits for children and adults. In infants, omega-3 fats help with brain, nerve and eye development and may reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers for adults. Omega 3s are found in fatty fish such as salmon , herring and anchovies. If you are not getting your recommended two servings of fish per week, consider adding a fish oil to your vitamin regime.
While getting the nutrients you need through food is essential, there are times when a supplement is a great option. Do your homework and read the labels. Consider all natural, great tasting Gummy Vitamins that are approved by Health Canada, and without a lot of extra fillers and ingredients you don’t need.
More about Deborah Lowther:
Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails! She blogs about Raising Healthy Kids and ensures her own have fun while eating healthy & staying active. To read more articles you can visit her websites www.iron-kids.com & www.adultgummies.com
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