One of the best ways to live a healthy and longer life is through diet and nutrition. Eating healthy, clean, and well-balanced meals has a significant effect on your overall health and well-being. Most of us are familiar with, and even tend to think of, food in terms of how much protein, carbohydrates, and fats we are consuming in our diets. We look at our intake of food in the form of macronutrients and often forget about the micronutrients.
Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals that we need to consume daily to maintain an optimal nutritional health. Most can be consumed through eating varied and healthy foods daily. Others can be added by taking supplements to help out where your diet is deficient. It is always best to talk to your health care practitioner about your dietary needs and to get tested for allergies, sensitivities, and deficiencies.
One of the major vitamin groups that you should be paying attention to are the B-Vitamins. B-Vitamins are an essential part of your well-being. Their benefits include:
• Increase energy
• Enhance mood
• Improve memory
• Boost skin & hair health
• Stimulate the immune system
• Form red blood cells
B-Vitamins are actually 8 different vitamins that all work together to achieve the above listed health benefits. The 8 B-Vitamins are:
1. B1 (Thiamine)
Regardless of your age, gender, or activity level, making sure that you are getting an adequate amount of the B-Vitamins can help make sure that you are living a healthier and longer life. Before you run out to buy supplements, check with your health care provider and take a look at what foods you are already consuming that are high in a variety of B-Vitamins. Here are some great foods that you can incorporate into your daily meals:
B-Vitamins are a vital part of our overall well-being. It can help boost our energy levels, our mood, and help with our brain function, to name a few benefits. Plus, it is easy to consume from a variety of food sources, or supplements if needed. Let’s make sure that we are giving our body the fuel and energy to tackle our day and stay healthy.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.