Theme of the Quarter - Vitamins
As a pair of 30-somethings that have done our fair share of abuse to our bodies, we are on our journey to fix these mistakes. We will be documenting our learnings on TechieFoodie. We are starting with Vitamins as the theme for the quarter of January - March 2023.
Vitamins are essential nutrients that play a vital role in maintaining good health and well-being. From metabolism, which is a critical body function, to helping with immunity or helping you keep your skin, hair, and bones healthy, vitamins play a crucial role in our lives.
There are 13 essential vitamins that the human body needs to function correctly: Vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and the B vitamins (Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, B-6, B-12, and Folate).
Our body does not produce these vitamins, but we can obtain these through diet or supplements.
A deficiency in any of these vitamins can lead to various health problems.
- Vitamin C Deficiency: Causes Scurvy, a condition marked by the breakdown of collagen in the skin, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
- Vitamin D Deficiency: Weakens bones and muscles.
- Vitamin B-12 Deficiency: Cause Anemia, resulting in a decrease of red blood cells, making you feel fatigued.
The benefits of Vitamins are manifold:
- Vitamin A: Essential for maintaining healthy vision, skin, and immune function.
- Vitamin C: Increases immunity and is also essential for forming collagen, which is necessary for healthy skin and connective tissue.
- Vitamin D: Better bone health and the absorption of calcium.
- Vitamin E: An antioxidant that helps to protect cells from damage and healthy skin and eyes.
Foods rich in vitamins include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes.
It may not be possible to get all the vitamins we need from the diet alone (considering dietary restrictions and underlying medical conditions that may affect our ability to absorb nutrients), resulting in a need for supplements.
However, our focus is going to be primarily on learning more about each Vitamin as well as the food items where we can get them because, let's face it - this is a food blog, and we are not going to be focusing outside of food :)