6.23.2018

Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Digestion



The digestive system is responsible for digestion, absorption and assimilation macro (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) and micro (vitamins and minerals) nutrients as well as the removal of gases. Food and liquids we ingest are broken down into smaller particles, before being absorbed by the small intestine.


This is where the products of digestion pass into the bloodstream which carries the nutrients, vitamins and minerals throughout the whole body. Irregular nutrition, stress, smoking and diseases are the most common causes of digestive disorders. The most common problems that arise are vomiting, nausea,abdominal pain and heartburn. Therefore, we must take care of our digestive system by making sure we take in enough of certain vitamins and minerals which help our body function properly. Here are a few healthy suggestions.


Stimulate your metabolism with Vitamin C
Vitamin C is involved in all metabolic processes and it also plays an important role in oral health. It also helps the body absorb calcium, which accelerates metabolism. The most effective way to take vitamin C is by eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 60% more vitamins and minerals than conventionally grown food. Foods rich in vitamin C are peppers, cabbage,tomatoes, broccoli and berries. Not only does it stimulate the metabolism, it’s the key ingredient for your immune system, and also helps your skin glow too.



Curcumin
Turmeric is considered a ‘sacred powder’ in India because of the seemingly miraculous effects its yellow pigment, curcumin, has on the body. Taking curcumin in Australia is a well-known practice due to its anti-inflammatory properties, positive effects on colon health and its ability to destroy cancer cells. The fact it doesn’t have any harmful side effects is another reason why Aussies love supplementing their diet with
curcumin.


Vitamin B
Vitamin B facilitates many metabolic processes, such as metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. These vitamins are found in proteins such as meat, dairy products, fish, peas and many other.
● B3 is also known as niacin, and it’s essential for the mental health. It detoxifies the body from various harmful chemicals. It also helps in the function of the digestive tract, nerve cells, skin
health and blood vessels.
● B1, also known as thiamine or aneurin is one of the water-soluble vitamins B involved in many metabolic processes in the body. Vitamin B1 is essential for carbohydrate metabolism and energy, for the proper functioning of the nerve cells, for the operation of all muscle fibers,
including the cardiac muscle.



● B6, also known as pyridoxine, is one of the B vitamins significant for the proper metabolism of amino acids (proteins), sugar and fats, as well as for the production of blood cells. It can be found in the following foods: tuna, avocado, bananas, chicken and many more.


Vitamin D

Vitamin D is crucial for immune system function, which is our bodies’ defense mechanism. It helps protect us from diseases and infections. If you have inflammatory bowel disease you might need a vitamin D supplement. The main functions of vitamin D:
● Active in bone metabolism
● Strengthens the bones
● Strengthens teeth
● Active in the immune system
● Protect from some types of cancer.

Vitamin D enriched food: fortified milk, butter, egg yolks, sea fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, fish oil(from the liver).

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