Remember when mom would tell us to eat our carrots so that we could have good eye sight? Or how about when we were told to drink our orange juice so that we wouldn’t end up like pirates with scurvy? Back then, most of us didn’t understand what mom was talking about, but now we know she was referring to foods that contained retinol and ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamins A and C, respectively. This week, I want to discuss the different types of vitamins, the foods that contain them, conditions that result from vitamin deficiencies and toxicity, and the pros and cons of supplementation.
As of now, 13 vitamins have been discovered and those vitamins are divided into two groups: water soluble and fat soluble. Water soluble vitamins are not able to be stored in the body for long periods of time as they’re excreted through the process of urination, and therefore must be replenished often. On the contrary, fat soluble vitamins are stored in our fatty tissue and liver, and can stay there for days, even months in some cases. Fat soluble vitamins require the help of fats to be absorbed in the intestinal tract; in this sense, fat should be viewed as a requirement for metabolism…like I always say, everything in moderation, fat included.
Tomorrow, I’ll go into detail about our 13 essential vitamins, why they’re important, and the foods that contain them. Remember, your heart is the greatest healer of your life. And your soul is the heart of your life. Let’s start living, folks. Today starts now. Until we meet again, this is Dr. Higgins saying, good bye.