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Vitamin Basics 101

Vitamins are an essential piece to the overall health and wellness puzzle. You cannot thrive without them and your body needs a well-rounded variety in order to maintain balance, strength and vitality.

Here’s a breakdown of the most common vitamins, why they’re important and how you can find them in clean, whole-food sources:

Vitamin A: Important for a strong immune system as well as healthy vision, Vitamin A has been shown to lower risk of lung cancer. Because Vitamin A can build up in your system when it comes from supplements, be sure to get your recommended daily dose from whole foods instead of pills.

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  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Red Peppers
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mangos
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Salmon

Vitamin B: B vitamins help your body convert food into energy AND they help maintain healthy brain and nervous system function. Folate, aka B9, is essential for healthy pregnancy and B12 keeps red blood cells and neurological function strong.

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  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Fish

Vitamin C: Critical for a strong immune system, Vitamin C also boosts the body’s collagen production, keeping skin cells healthy and vibrant. Vitamin C found in lemon juice, for instance, also helps the liver metabolize fat.

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  • Lemonfruits-and-veggies
  • Kiwi
  • Orange
  • Red Pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes

Vitamin E: Important for heart health and a strong immune system, Vitamin E has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease as well as prostate cancer.

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  • Almonds
  • Spinach
  • Olive Oil
  • Peanut Butter (be sure to buy organic, all natural peanut butter; commercial peanut butters have hydrogenated oil, which you want to stay away from always.)

Vitamin K: Essential for strong bones and healthy blood, half of your body’s Vitamin K is produced in the gut and the other half comes from food, which is why those on blood thinner or certain antibiotics should ALWAYS consult their doctor before taking supplements or eating large amounts of greens, which are a great source of this m90269550uch-needed vitamin.

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  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Spinach

There are a great many additional vitamins and minerals that are necessary for thriving health, but this is a good place to get started. Fill your grocery cart, kitchen cupboards and dinner plates with the food above, improving your overall health and helping prevent chronic illness and disease down the line.

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7 Reasons to Get Krazy for Kale

You hear, see, and read about it everywhere these days. Eat Kale! This catch-phrase is so much more than a health trend; it’s  undoubtedly one of the healthiest things you can do for your overall health and wellness. In case you’re still debating whether or not to jump on the ‘eat kale’ bandwagon, here are the top 7 reasons to get ‘krazy’ for kale.

Kale is LOADED with powerful antioxidants. Good for everything from cancer, heart disease, skin health, and chronic illness, antioxidants are the body’s greatest support system. Delightfully, kale is chock full of them, so eat up!kale

Kale reduces inflammation. Inflammation is one the leading causes of chronic illness, but the omega 3’s found in kale battle arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma.

Kale is a great source of iron. Iron is responsible for proper cell growth, healthy liver function, and transporting oxygen to numerous parts of the body. When people think iron, beef usually comes to mind, but kale actually has more iron per calorie than beef.

 Kale boosts the heart. Eating kale supports a strong cardiovascular system, which is great for athletes and non-athlete’s alike. Kale oxygenates the blood, encouraging stronger blood flow, more energy, and a positive outlook.

Kale is high in Vitamin A, C, and K. Whew, talk about one super-loaded superfood. These vitamins protect the body from cancer, support a healthy immune system, boost metabolism, and support bone health.

Kale is loaded with calcium. Here’s a piece of fun trivia: Kale has more calcium than milk! Besides broccoli, eating kale is hands-down the healthiest way to support healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis.

Kale is high in fiber. Fiber moves toxins out of the body, aides in digestion, eliminates waste, and lowers cholesterol. Plus it’s more fun to eat than Metamucil.

Convinced yet?! I thought so.

Eat Kale!