Posted on April 24 2019
Healthy Life, Happy Life
Here at SILVERSPORT® health and wellness are two of the main factors that drive us as a brand, outside of providing our customers with premium antimicrobial fitness wear of course. We are dedicated to maintaining healthy lifestyles, for both our physical and mental wellbeing. We believe wholeheartedly that a healthy life is a happy life.
Diet and exercise go hand in hand in contributing towards a healthy mind and body. One essential part of a healthy diet is making sure you are eating a diverse range of foods that provide you with the key vitamins and minerals that we as humans need. In today’s blog, we cover 5 essential vitamins that contribute to a healthier, happier you!
5 Essential Vitamins You Need To Know About
1. Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
Thiamin is probably the least well known of the B vitamins, a grouping of key vitamins that aid in supporting metabolism and energy production in the body.
Vitamin B1 is essential in helping convert food into energy. Suggested levels of this vitamin are needed for healthy skin, hair, and muscles, as well as brain and nerve function. Luckily, Vitamin B1 is seen in a wide variety of foods, with most people easily getting the required daily intake of Thiamin.
Vitamin B1 can be found in foods such as brown rice, watermelons, squash, and pork.
2. Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
Pyridoxine, more commonly known as Vitamin B6, plays a key role in bodily function.
This vitamin helps convert tryptophan (a common amino acid) into niacin and serotonin, neurotransmitters that play key roles in sleep, appetite, and mood. In plain english, Vitamin B6 helps you to sleep well and feel well. Vitamin B6 also helps to make red blood cells, influences immune functioning, and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Many people do not get enough Vitamin B6 in their diets, so be aware of your intake of some of the foods in which B6 is commonly found: fish, meat, poultry, soy products, potatoes, and non-citrus fruits.
3. Cobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Cobalamin, known to most as Vitamin B12, is one of the vitamins most vital to maintaining a healthy body.
Vitamin B12 is essential in creating new cells in the body, as well as breaking down amino and fatty acids. It stimulates the growth of nerve cells, red blood cells, and DNA. A lack of Vitamin B12 has been linked to memory loss, dementia, and numbness in the arms and legs.
Older adults often have trouble absorbing this vitamin from food, and thus are encouraged to take a B12 supplement. Those on a vegetarian or vegan diet must also be mindful of their intake of B12, as it is most commonly found in animal products such as meat, cheese, eggs, poultry, and fish. It is important to note for those on these dietary restrictions that B12 can be found in abundance in fortified cereals and fortified soymilk.
4. Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)
Folic Acid, or Vitamin B9, is a vital aid in cell creation. It has been linked to reductions in rates of heart disease, colon cancer, and breast cancer when taken at dietician-suggested levels. It is also a key vitamin for pregnant mothers as it has been shown to help prevent defects in the infant’s brain and spine.
Many people do not take in enough Vitamin B9, which may lead to a variety of neurological complications. Folic acid can be found in grains and cereals as well as vegetables such as asparagus, okra, spinach, and broccoli.
Biotin is a key vitamin needed for converting food into energy. It also helps create and break down fatty acids.
Proper intake of biotin is linked to increased bone, hair, and skin health. Many foods contain biotin such as whole grains, egg yolks, soybeans, and fish.
We hope this has been an educational and eye-opening blog for you all. Researching for this post definitely has us craving healthy and nutrient rich foods! (We are definitely eating some broccoli when we get home).
Take this information about key vitamins and integrate it into your diet. Pair that with a consistent exercise routine and you’ll likely start seeing awesome results in your mental and physical health! Oh, and check this out if you need some motivation.