Nutrients To Help You Feel Amazing – Part 1
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Sometimes we need that little “something” to make us feel better and to give us that little pep in our step. And that little “something” can be found right in your grocery store!
Eating foods that are high in minerals and vitamins can not only help you stay healthy, but they can also leave you feeling happier, less stressed and depressed and can even help with anxiety.
Here is a list of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to help you feel awesome!
#1. Chromium: Chromium helps your body to metabolize food, meaning that the food you put into your body is processed and broken down to be used for energy at a later time. It is also important for your body because it helps your body regulate insulin; a lack of chromium can lead to diabetes and diabetes-related issues.
Eating foods that are rich in chromium also helps in increasing your brain’s level of norepinephrine and serotonin, which help in regulating your moods and emotions. It also helps in regulating melatonin, which is a hormone that your body needs in order to sleep and maintain a sleep pattern.
Foods that are rich in chromium:
- Turkey breast
- Grape juice
#2. Calcium: Calcium plays a very important role in maintaining strong bones and healthy blood vessels. It also helps in reducing your risk of having Type 2 diabetes. A study performed in 2000 also found that women who have low levels of calcium can experience PMS related depression, which is an often occurrence among women. When calcium is paired with vitamin D, it can help regulate your moods.
Calcium is not just found in dairy products. It is also found in these foods:
- Collard greens
- Bok choy
- Green snap beans
#3. Iron: Iron helps transport oxygen to different organs of your body. It also helps in supporting your energy and giving your muscles strength. Iron is very important for pregnant women as it helps to make extra blood for both you and your baby and to move oxygen from your lungs to other parts of your body.
Making sure that you are eating enough foods that contain iron can also help reduce your risk of having anemia, which is a condition when your blood is not making enough red blood cells.
Foods that are rich in iron:
- Dark meat turkey
- Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach
- Dried fruit such as apricots and raisins
Do you get sufficient amounts of these essential vitamins and minerals? What are your favorite ways to get them into your diet? Share with us in the comments below!
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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