Are you constantly nagging your kids to consume more fruits and vegetables or take their vitamins? We at Woodland Pharmacy and Gore Pharmacy understand why and encourage our younger patients to do the same. With the new school year and change in weather, it is important to remember to have a well-balanced diet and remember to take those vitamins.
Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients your body needs in small amounts to work properly. They are essential for us to grow and develop like we should. Here is a quick recap of all of the vitamins and minerals that our body needs on a daily basis.
- Vitamin A (also known as Retinol) helps strengthen our immunity, vision and maintain healthy skin. Good sources of Vitamin A include cheese, eggs, fortified low fat spreads and yogurt among many others.
- Vitamin B include a group of vitamins that are essential for enzyme activity that helps perform vital functions throughout the body. They include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), and cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12). The following foods are an important source of Vitamin B: beans and peas, dairy products, fish and meat, this group of vitamins is very important for our growth and development.
- Vitamin C (also known as Ascorbic Acid) aids in strengthening our immune system, bone and teeth development. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning our bodies have trouble storing it. Therefore, we must acquire it from our diet every day. Guavas, red peppers, kiwis, oranges and lemons are rich in vitamin C.
- Vitamin D aids in our overall health and is especially important for muscular, heart, respiratory and brain function. The main source of Vitamin D is the sun. Other food sources include egg yolks, cheese and beef liver.
- Vitamin K is known as the clot master. This is when certain cells in your blood act like glue and stick together at the surface of the cut to help stop the bleeding. The biggest sources of vitamin K include green leafy vegetables, dairy products and soya bean oil.
- Iron helps in keeping kids from becoming anaemic. It is a nutrient that’s needed to make haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells (RBCs). If not taken in the required quantity, lack of Iron can cause anemia, hair loss and low energy levels. This deficiency can be a problem for some kids, particularly toddlers and teens. Fortified cereals, dried beans, lentils, spinach are amongst many iron-rich food sources.
- Calcium is a supplement that is a key building block for strong bones and teeth. Milk and dairy products are the prime source of calcium in our body.
There is a direct correlation between healthy vitamin-rich lives and a decreased incidence in sick days from school and work. Smart and healthy food choices go a long way in day-to-day functioning and overall development for all ages. Children who are restless, inattentive or sleepy in school generally suffer from poor dietary conditions. Selecting the right foods and maintaining healthy habits can help ensure impeccable performance whether at school or work.
Although there are many natural sources of vitamins, hectic lifestyles, processed foods and fussy eaters often compromise healthy habits. Therefore, we encourage patients of all ages to take one multivitamin daily to ensure they receive the recommended daily amounts of each vital vitamin and supplement. Visit our website adapthomehealthcare.com or walk in to our location to speak with our pharmacists to determine your daily vitamin and supplements needs. At Woodland and Gore Pharmacy they would be happy to determine the best solution for you or your loved one.