Day 40: Less Sweets, Less Cravings

day 40

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Day 16: Vitamin E

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Vitamin E is necessary for maintaining the structure and functions of all muscles, protects your cell membranes and helps protect against free radicals.  It also assists in the formation of your red blood cells and helps to maintain stores of vitamins A and K, iron, and selenium.

It may have a positive effect on immune health, and protect against the oxidative damage that can lead to heart disease, cancer, and may help prevent some diabetes-related damage, particularly to the eyes.

So why are many lotions supplemented with Vitamin E?  Your skin is your large organ and it is believed that these supplemented vitamins in lotions are absorbed into the body and take care of the skin.  Vitamin E works to regulate Vitamin A, which is also a great vitamin for skin health.  Both vitamins are believed to keep your skin smoother and more moisturized.

Read more about this great vitamin here.

Day 15: Vitamin D

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This is one of my favorite vitamins, because the best way to receive Vitamin D is to go out in the sun!  Soak up the sunshine, go for a walk, lay on your patio, drink in the warm feelings & enjoy the beautiful rays!

I’m big into water skiing, so in the summer I am always outside, near the water, and under the sun.  There’s just something so happy about being outside and collecting the sun’s rays.  It also helps regulate your immune system and maintain cognitive function (hello happiness!).

Here is an interesting article suggesting the use of Coconut oil as sunscreen.  She also suggests that you actually don’t want to use high sunscreens as they lower your body’s ability to soak up the sun, and in turn, vitamin D.  While I’m not saying that she is right, it is an interesting argument!

Learn more about vitamin d on this website.

Day 14: Vitamin C

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Vitamin C is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in your body.  You can find it in a lot of fruits and veggies, including:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Berries
  • Watermelon
  • Cruciferous veggies (broccolie, cauliflower, brussels sprouts)
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • and more!

Many foods are now fortified with Vitamin C, including cereals and beverages.  Be careful in assuming that fortified foods contain a form of this nutrient that your body is able to process – natural and fresh fruits and veggies seem the best way to go, and really make your body feel great!  While that is just my belief, it’s really up to you, and figuring out what forms of vitamin C work best for your body.  What is your favorite way to get Vitamin C?

Read more about Vitamin C here.

Day 13: Vitamin A

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I’ve always had trouble remember the specifics of all the vitamins and minerals – so over the next few days (and throughout these 120 days of healthy) I’m going to review them in an easy way, and focus on all the positives of each one.

You can get vitamin A from many fruits and veggies (think orange!) including:

  • sweet potatoes
  • carrots
  • spinach
  • canaloupe
  • peppers
  • mangos
  • apricots
  • broccoli
  • and so much more!

Check out this website for more information on Vitamin A.