Managing one’s health takes a lot of forms. The patterns most professionals suggest are learning to eat a healthy diet and how to make and maintain a healthy exercise routine. These are good suggestions and approach the level from a large scale perspective, yes, we all need to eat well, but at the same time there is a smaller scale that we should be aware of: the vitamins and nutrients in that diet. Every area of the world has areas where their health is weaker than the rest due to environmental factors ranging from the availability of sunlight to how easy it is to get particular food types to a region. Additionally, varying hormonal levels in bodies are also important when it comes to determining what vitamins are the most needed. Women, for instance, need to focus on ensuring they get more of some vitamins than men. Let’s take a quick look at the vitamins women and others with higher estrogen levels will want to focus on.
Vitamin B Complex
Interestingly enough, you’ll frequently see people citing that vitamin B is one of the most necessary, but they tend to break it down into the vitamin’s various forms like B6 or B12. The complete vitamin B is called vitamin B complex and your body needs it all. Each form supports different aspects on one’s health that help ensure a healthy life. B6, for instance, tends to be centered around helping to maintain your mind’s overall health at the same time that it has links to keeping your metabolism functioning properly. The later function is shared by B12, but B12 has more intimate ties to that function. Keeping your metabolism functioning helps to regulate weight and energy levels so that they remain at relatively stable levels. Some studies have also suggested that B12 is connected to a healthy circulatory system as well. All of these are important and without them many of the subtler signs of aging can begin to show up far sooner than any of us would like.
Most women get told at a fairly early age, somewhere in the 20s or early 30s, that they need to start focusing on the health of their bones. Doctors generally suggest to ensure women’s diets have sufficient amounts of calcium to help maintain bone health and prevent any degradation. Taking the appropriate steps and either taking a supplement or adjusting your diet can be crucial to maintaining long term health by guarding against the loss. Calcium along isn’t going to help you though. You also need to ensure that you’re getting enough vitamin K in your diet as well. The vitamin plays a role in the overall health of living bone that allows it to maintain itself better. Low levels of vitamin K are clearly indicated as being related to any earlier onset of osteoporosis. As a result, women need to ensure they’re getting both this vitamin and calcium if they want to take the best care of their bones that they can.
Bone health also requires getting enough vitamin D. Most of us who are beauty conscious tend to shy away from the sun more than when we were younger. This doesn’t necessarily do our bones favors even if we’re doing our skin a favor. Sun exposure is part of the components necessary for our bodies to create the form of vitamin D that it can use. Not getting enough sun tends to lead to at least a light vitamin D deficiency. This is especially true for people who live in more northern areas where there is less sunlight overall and the deficiency can become even more pronounced. Vitamin D, like K and calcium, is tied to long term bone health. It provides a way for your body to process and properly move calcium and other components throughout the body to where they are needed. The vitamin D also acts as a safeguard against a deficiency in the things it moves. Without enough, your body will start to reclaim calcium from your bones if you need it. This makes it always advisable to find a way to get your vitamin D from the sun or a healthy diet.
All the vitamins we’ve highlight are found in abundance in a healthy diet. You don’t need to worry about supplementation unless your doctor specifically tells you to take one. The key is simply remembering to eat a varied diet including lots of fruits and vegetables while going lighter on meats. This should get you more than enough of these vital vitamins and others.