In an ideal world, you’d get all of the
vitamins and minerals your body needs through good nutrition alone. In this
same ideal world, you’d also get enough quality sleep every night, adequate sun
and fresh air, you’d move your body every day, and never experience any stress.
Of course, we all know that this isn’t quite
how real life works, and the never-ending to-do list and day-to-day stressors
of modern life can get in the way.
If you’re feeling a bit off, it may be due to
a vitamin deficiency. If you visit your GP, they can talk to you about your
symptoms and test you for any deficiencies through a blood test. Sometimes, a
deficiency could be occurring due to a medical condition, and your doctor will
talk to you about how to treat it.
A deficiency could also be caused by getting a
lack of nutrients in your diet, particularly if you exclude certain foods from
Here are some of the important vitamins and
minerals your body needs to feel healthy and well, plus how to get them.
Vitamin C is important for a healthy immune
system, which is why it’s one of the first things people reach for when they
have a cold. Get vitamin C in kiwi fruit, brussel sprouts, oranges,
strawberries, capsicums, blackcurrants, broccoli and potatoes.
Vitamin D is important for immune health,
heart health and bone health, and one of the best ways to get it is from
spending time in the sun. You can also get it from consuming eggs, fish, and
some dairy products.
To keep your bones and teeth strong and
healthy, you need calcium, but this nutrient also plays other roles like
helping your blood to clot, and regulating muscle contractions. You may already
know that calcium is found in dairy products like milk, cheese, and yoghurt,
but you can also get it in tofu, green leafy vegetables, bread, nuts, and fish
with bones, like sardines.
Zinc supports healthy brain function, your
hormones, and healthy skin. Find it in meat, eggs, seafood, and legumes.
This vitamin is an antioxidant that supports
your immune system and helps keep your skin healthy. You’ll find it in nuts and
seeds, wheatgerm, vegetable oils, and green leafy vegetables.
you’re deficient in a vitamin or mineral and need a bit of a boost, you can
also try a supplement. Chat to your GP or pharmacist about the best option for