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Even if you live a very healthy lifestyle and eat a nutritious balanced diet, you may still be surprised to learn that you have vitamin deficiencies. As you age, your body may start to produce less and less of the vitamins and nutrients that you need. You could consider going to the doctor and getting your bloodwork done so that you know for sure. Either way, there is no harm in being proactive about your health. You should read this article to learn about how to make sure you are getting plenty of your vitamins and proteins daily.
Collagen is something that can already be found in your body. It can help you have smooth skin, and reduce wrinkles and sunspots. It can also help lessen aches and pains in your joints. Unfortunately for most people, as you age, your body does not produce as much collagen. There are many ways you can supplement the amount of collagen protein that you need. There are powdered collagen supplements that you can add to your hot or cold drinks that do not have a taste. You can also find liquid collagen that can also be added to beverages or simply taken alone, and they even come in different flavors. You may prefer to try a collagen tablet or gummy.
Every part of your body contains protein and you require it to survive. The cells in your body use protein to repair damaged cells and build new ones. Protein also helps you to have the energy to complete everyday tasks. As you age, your body needs more protein. You can find many different ways to complement the protein already found in your diet. Whey protein can be found in shakes and powders. What is unique about whey is that it is also low in carbohydrates, which is a plus if you are trying to lose or maintain your weight. Whey protein also helps your body build muscles and strength.
Probiotics, also known as good bacteria, fight off the bad bacteria in your body. Probiotics help your body repel different illnesses, help you to digest food, assist your gut in withstanding bad foods you may have eaten, and help you to absorb nutrients and medications. A great source of probiotics can be found in yogurt, which also helps to keep your bones strong. You can also find a good amount of probiotics in traditional buttermilk and in sauerkraut. If you are not able to get enough of these foods in your diet, you may prefer to take a probiotic supplement every day.
Your body needs Vitamin D in order to maintain the health of your bones. It also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help to strengthen your immune system, muscle function, and brain activity. Your skin absorbs Vitamin D when you spend time out in the sun, and in turn, helps to boost your mood and increase happiness. You can find Vitamin D in fatty fish such as salmon and tuna. If you eat plenty of mushrooms, egg yolks, and cow’s or soy milk, then you are likely getting enough Vitamin D in your diet. You may need to assist your diet by taking Vitamin D supplements or by sitting by a UV lamp regularly.
Iron is a mineral that your body needs in order to grow and develop itself. You also need iron to have energy, to be able to focus and concentrate, boost your immune system, and fight off anemia. The amount of iron that your individual body needs will depend quite a bit on your sex, your age, your race, and your weight.
You can get plenty of iron from lean meat like turkey and chicken. If you are someone who does not eat a lot of meat, like a vegetarian or vegan, you most likely do not get the required amount of iron from the foods that you eat. Be sure to consume plenty of leafy greens, lentils, kidney beans, and peas.
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