Vitamins, Health & Weight Loss
Good diet nutrition is essential for optimum health – including efficient metabolism, stable blood sugar levels and appetite, all of which affect weight control and how fast we lose weight. Vitamins play an essential role in diet nutrition and weight control.
This vitamin is not found in great abundance in any food. Fortunately, we can make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to sunshine.
How Vitamin D helps
Aids absorption of vitamin A, calcium and phosphorus from food
Good for strong bones and teeth
Protects against osteoporosis
Boosts the immune system
May help in the treatment of cancer
With vitamins A and C, it protects against colds
Helps to maintain a normal heartbeat and efficient blood clotting
Good food sources of Vitamin D
Kippers. Mackerel. Salmon. Sardines. Tuna. Free range eggs.
Destroyed in foods by light, oxygen and acids.
Deficiency symptoms of Vitamin D
Severe tooth decay. Bone pain. Muscular weakness. Muscular spasms. Brittle bones.
People with an increased risk of Vitamin D deficiency include
City dwellers or anyone subject to smog. Night workers, or anyone whose clothing, environment or lifestyle keeps them out of the sunlight.
Recommended daily allowance for Vitamin D
US RDA: 10mcg
EU RDA: 5mcg
The Importance of a Balanced Diet
If you have been a regular follower of fad diets, regular fasting, single food diets, yo-yo dieting or diet/weight loss pills, you may already be deficient in vitamins and minerals. This may be why you find it difficult to lose weight, or sustain weight loss in the long term.
Solution: Follow a balanced diet that offers slow steady weight loss and includes advice on exercise. Anne Collins Weight Loss Diet Program is a good choice.