Vitamins are micronutrients which are absorbed by the body when you eat certain foods. Your body needs a minimum amount of these vitamins to maintain day to day functions and to remain healthy. They are also essential for maintaining skin health and preventing signs of aging.
The best way to get your daily dose of vitamins is through a well-balanced diet. Eating a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables keeps skin supple and radiant. A nutritious diet is normally sufficient to supply your body with vitamins. However, if your diet does not meet your body’s needs, severe disorders can still develop due to vitamin deficiencies.
Bad eating habits, stress and improper absorption of vitamins and minerals are the common causes of deficiencies. Liver or intestinal disorders, lack of exposure to sunlight and intake of certain medicines can also interfere with the efficacy of vitamins. Unfortunately most symptoms of vitamin deficiencies appear only at an advanced stage. Sluggishness and chronic health issues are some of the early signs that your body may be short of the vitamins that it needs to function properly.
Vitamins can be obtained from a variety of food sources as well as vitamin supplements. Eating an assortment of plant and animal-based foods ensures that you obtain a range of vitamins. Take a look at the infographic below to find out more about Vitamins and their various food sources.
- 1Lists the food types that improve skin, and the foods that inhibit healthy skin.
- 265% of the population have a skin disorder that could be made better with nutrition or proper care.
- 3Skin care is relatively simple.