The daily quest to be healthy and stress free during a global pandemic is a full-time job in itself. It is imperative that we are taking care of ourselves. Even when we are doing our best, we could all use a boost to help our bodies deal with stress, poor sleep and dietary deficiencies that come from a busy life. That’s where vitamins and supplements come in. In order to fill the gaps in our diet and nutrition, vitamins are the best solution. So, here’s a quick guide to your vitamin questions.
WHAT ARE VITAMINS?
Vitamins are components your body needs in order to be healthy. The substances can be found in food but also come in the form of vitamins and supplements. What your diet doesn’t provide, the vitamins will. Vitamins are vital for normal cell growth, function and development.
There are 2 types of vitamins:
● Fat-soluble vitamins
● Water-soluble vitamins
There are 13 essential vitamins and 4 of them (vitamins A, D, E and K) are fat-soluble. The remainder (the B-Complex and C vitamins) are all water-soluble.
Water-soluble vitamins travel freely through the body, and excess amounts are excreted by the kidneys. The body needs water-soluble vitamins in frequent, small doses. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the body’s cells and are not excreted as easily as water-soluble vitamins. They do not need to be consumed as often as water-soluble vitamins, although adequate amounts are needed. A balanced diet usually provides enough fat-soluble vitamins.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING VITAMINS?
Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients because they perform hundreds of roles in the body. They help build strong bones, heal wounds, and boost your immune system. They also convert food into energy, and repair cellular damage. It’s easier to explain why vitamins are essential to your health by examining the devastating effects of vitamin deficiencies. Failing to get even small quantities of the necessary nutrients your body requires virtually guarantees disease. Here are a few examples of diseases that can result from vitamin deficiencies:
● Scurvy. Sailors long ago lived for months without fresh fruits or vegetables (the main sources of vitamin C). This resulted in scurvy symptoms such as bleeding gums and listlessness.
● Blindness. In some underdeveloped countries, people still become blind from a vitamin A deficiency.
● Rickets. A deficiency in vitamin D can cause rickets. Symptoms include soft, weak bones that can lead to skeletal deformities. To combat rickets, the U.S. has offered vitamin D milk since the 1930s.
According to a report from Oregon State University, “About 75% of the US population do not consume the recommended intake of fruit, and more than 80% do not consume the recommended intake of vegetables.” An easy and affordable way to combat a nutrition deficiency is with vitamins, and you can give your kids a head start on their health with our free vitamins program.
RODGERS FREE VITAMINS PROGRAM
At Rodgers Family Pharmacy, we know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We have developed a free vitamin program for your children. To get your family’s free vitamins, just come into the store and sign up your children ages 2-12. No purchase necessary! It’s as simple as that. If your children are healthy, we are happy! Click here to read more about our program.