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Building blocks: Essential vitamins and minerals

An essential sticky for your fridge [INFOGRAPHIC]


When it comes to food, the only stuff we all remember in high school biology were carbs, proteins, and fats.

Sure, we can recall Vitamin A with the image of Bugs Bunny and his carrots in the back of our heads, and likewise Vitamin C for the surge in Airborne sales during winter.

Perhaps more than the calories we get from macronutrients, vitamins and minerals are essentially the backbone for our health. We get them either from the foods we eat or the supplements we take. Either way, we need them to keep our basic systems functioning. It’s important to get your RDI for these micros, as your body can go haywire when it’s short of them.

Below is a simple yet definitive infographic that can serve as your daily checklist:


Instead of popping pills, knowing where you can get these vitamins and minerals naturally will push you to make a significant change in your diet. Just make sure you’re getting all these essentials on your plate to lower your chances of getting nasty problems, and if you must do with supplements, do it in moderation.

As a health nut, I do take supplements, but that doesn’t mean I have a license to eat junk. For further info on supplements, I recommend getting your hands on the National Institute of Health’s Fact Sheets. It’s never too late to start eating healthy.




via Health Central


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