What Vitamins Do I Need?
Each and every day, your body needs vitamins and minerals to survive and thrive. When your body has what it needs, you feel rejuvenated and alert. When your body doesn’t have what it needs, you end up feeling fatigued and lethargic. It’s important to understand your body and it’s unique needs in order to be your best self day in and day out. Here, we talk about the importance of vitamins and what they can do for our bodies.
Why We Need Vitamins
Vitamins are substances that play a special role in your body. Overall, they help you function, grow, and develop as you should. Your body needs many different types of vitamins – each one with its own specific function:
- Vitamin A: Supports your eyesight and boosts your immune system
- The B Vitamins: Make your energy and release it when your body needs it, and produce the red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout your body
- Vitamin C: Keeps your body tissues and blood vessels working well, and helps your body resist infection
- Vitamin D: Helps you form and grow strong bones and teeth
- Vitamin E: Protects your cells and tissues from damage
- Vitamin K: Acts as a ‘glue’ to stop your body from bleeding when you get a cut
- When these vitamins are at their optimum level, your body is in good shape. However, when you don’t get enough of a certain type of vitamin, you may have a vitamin deficiency.
Common Vitamin Deficiencies
Just as each vitamin provides a specific benefit to your body, a lack of each vitamin can negatively affect your body in a different way. The most common deficiencies we notice, are the following:
- Vitamin D deficiency:
- Very few foods contain Vitamin D. Instead, it’s primarily received from sunlight. People who have a Vitamin D deficiency may develop symptoms over a long period of time, such as muscle weakness, bone loss and fractures, and reduced immune function.
- Vitamin B12 deficiency:
- Your body is entirely unable to produce B12, so it’s common to be deficient in this vitamin. People who have a Vitamin B12 deficiency develop symptoms such as weakness, tiredness, lightheadedness, pale skin, numbness, or tingling.
- Vitamin A deficiency:
- Vitamin A deficiency is the world’s leading cause of blindness. People who have a deficiency in Vitamin A show symptoms such as dry skin and eyes, night blindness, poor wound healing, acne, and breakouts.
Typically, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies are known to affect your mood and leave you feeling weak and fatigued. If you notice you have any symptoms of a vitamin deficiency, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.
Ways to Get Your Daily Vitamins
Your body is very powerful and it does so much on its own. When it comes to vitamins, however, your body often needs a little extra support. Typically, most of your vitamins come from the food you eat.
Vitamins From Food:
Vitamins are present in each of the following foods:
- Vitamin A: Mangoes, carrots, butternut squash, pumpkins, spinach, broccoli, beef liver, and eggs
- The B Vitamins:
- B1: Ham, soymilk, and watermelon
- B2: Milk, cheese, grains, and cereals
- B3: Meat, fish, grains, potatoes, and mushrooms
- B5: Chicken, grains, avocados, and broccoli
- B6: Meat, fish, tofu, soy, and bananas
- B7: Gains, soybeans, fish, and eggs
- B9: Grains, asparagus, spinach, and orange juice
- B12: Meat, fish, cheese, milk, soymilk, and cereals
- Vitamin C: Citrus fruit, broccoli, spinach, strawberries, and tomatoes
- Vitamin D: Milk and some fish
- Vitamin E: Leafy green vegetables, nuts, and grains
- Vitamin K: Eggs, spinach, kale, and milk
- A healthy, balanced diet should provide most of the nutrients and vitamins your body needs.
Vitamins From Supplements:
If for whatever reason, you are unable to consume enough foods to provide your body with the nutrients it needs, you should consult your primary care doctor. Your doctor in Omaha will help identify if you are malnourished or if you have a nutritional deficiency. In some cases, your doctor may recommend taking a daily multivitamin to fill any gaps between your diet and the vitamins you need on a daily basis.
Testing for Personalized Treatment
Everyone’s body is different and therefore requires different levels of vitamins and minerals. Although it’s easy to take a once-a-day vitamin and be done with it, it might be in your best interest to consider getting a comprehensive lab test to measure your unique levels. A typical comprehensive lab panel includes the measurement of:
- Thyroid Hormones (TSH, T3, T4)
- Vitamins – D & B12
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
By having your unique hormones, vitamins, minerals, and blood levels tested, we can identify any deficiencies and develop a personalized treatment plan that best optimizes your health.
Schedule an Appointment at Miracle Hills Clinic in Omaha, NE
If you’re ready to get healthy and stay healthy, schedule an appointment with our Omaha doctor’s office. We’ll measure and analyze your body’s vitamins and create a care plan that keeps your body going strong.
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