Vitamins and Your Body


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The coming of the New Year is a time when many of us put the brakes on the holiday eating, and, try to remedy it with healthy eating. But what exactly is healthy eating? A healthy diet contains many different types of foods to provide essential nutrients to the body. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, and even antioxidants to name a few, as well as countless other components we may have yet to discover.

So what do these nutrients do? We are always told we need vitamins, but why? Let’s demystify the confusion by exploring what vitamins do in the body.

The following vitamins are known as “water-soluble” vitamins. They dissolve readily in water, and follow the flow of water into, as well as out of, our bodies. We drink and go to the washroom multiple times a day, so these vitamins don’t tend to linger. It is not easy to “store” them in our bodies for future use, so we must be regularly eating more vitamins to make up for our losses. This is why binging briefly on healthy foods doesn’t work.


Dr Art Hister – Sun Exposure

If you’re worried about skin cancer, here’s another thing to worry about.

An interesting review of about 41 patients (published in the Archives of Dermatology) trying to ward off a recurrence of basal cell carcinoma, one of the two most common forms of skin cancer, found that (and I’m actually quite surprised to learn that even the men were doing this), in this study at least, a large majority (80%) of those people who had a basal cell skin cancer were actually listening to their doctors and were using sunscreen every day, avoiding sun exposure during peak hours, and wearing appropriate clothing to cover up exposed areas of skin.

That’s the terrific news.

The consequent bad news, however, is that in their understandable zeal to avoid the sun, over half of them ended up with vitamin D deficiency (you get most of your vitamin D, of course, from sun exposure).

Bottom line: if you are fervent about avoiding the sun for whatever reason, then it’s a good idea to take vitamin D supplements.