We often talk about macronutrients like proteins, fats, and carbs when we talk about diet – and although these are important – there are also many micronutrients that we need to think about. Here’s just a few:
Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and is important for proper immune function and prevents premature aging and skin cancer by warding off free radicals. The best natural sources of vitamin C are acerola cherry, rose hip, berries, guava, kiwi, papaya and all citrus fruits. You can also get your daily dose of vitamin C from many vegetables including peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and tomatoes – to name just a few.
So many of us just don’t get enough vitamin D – especially because the best source is the sun which so many of us have been told to fear! Vitamin D protects against many types of cancer, supports gut health, bone health, your immune system and more. Get your levels checked and supplementation is definitely in order for people who live in areas with long winters.
You might not have heard all that much about this vital fat-soluble vitamin! Vitamin K is a quiet powerhouse that plays a role strengthening bones and teeth, fighting osteoporosis, as well as protecting heart and brain function. What’s truly amazing is that it helps remove calcium from places where it shouldn’t be (like your arteries) and helps move it to where it should be (like your bones). We need vitamin K1 AND K2 – look for vitamin K1 in leafy greens and cruciferous veggies, and vitamin K2, which can be found in butter and cheeses from grass-fed cows, egg yolks from pasture-raised eggs, and fermented foods.