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If you've noticed you've been feeling particularly fatigued or run down lately, you might be vitamin deficient without even realising it! Here are some of the most common vitamin deficiencies and how you can supplement them in your diet to have you feeling your best, most energised and healthy self!
The main source of vitamin D comes from the sun, and despite Australia having such high UV levels, it is still incredibly common to find vitamin D deficiencies among men and women alike. This may be due to how sun-safe we are as a population, as vitamin D is not able to absorb through sunscreen. While it is still very important to slip slop slap, we should also try to incorporate 15 to 30 minutes of direct sun exposure into our daily routines, whether that be taking the dog for a walk or having your morning coffee outside when the UV is low. By getting the required amount of vitamin D daily, women particularly can prevent poor bone health, depression and fatigue.
Calcium is one of the better-known deficiencies that is commonly found in women, and also one of the easiest to incorporate into your diet! You can get your recommended daily intake from dairy products like yoghurt, milk and cheese, as well as leafy greens such as kale, unsweetened soy, rice and oat milks as well as sesame seeds and tahini. This will support bone health and prevent osteoporosis in the future.
Iodine is an important nutrient to produce thyroid hormones which help to control metabolism among other things, however it can be difficult to get the recommended daily intake. The most common source of iodine is salt, however for a healthier alternative some other foods that may contain added iodine include plain yoghurt, eggs, wholegrains and seafood. You can also find Iodine as well as other vitamins and minerals in our meal replacements.
For women, iron deficiencies are very common due to losing blood while menstruating. That's why it's especially important to replace iron in the body through vitamins as well as spinach, beans, cereal, orange juice and even our meal replacements as well!
Vitamin B12 is essential for replacing red blood cells, producing new hormones and maintaining nerve health. As it is most commonly found in red meat, seafood and dairy, it can be a common deficiency found among people on a vegetarian or vegan diet. If this is the case the best way to supplement your B12 is by taking additional vitamins. You can also find vitamin B12 in our meal replacements, Focus and Burn supplements.
These deficiencies are just a brief overview, so if you're concerned about your health we always recommend checking in with your healthcare professional!