Benefits: Gain a basic understanding of nutrients.
So That You Can: Fully embrace an intentional living lifestyle by taking care of your body.
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Intentional Living: What You Need to Know About Nutrients
Intentional living places a lot of demands on your body. When you live with intent, you face your limiting beliefs, stay true to your values, and let your authentic self be seen every day. That all requires a lot of intellectual and emotional energy. And that’s why it’s important to have a basic understanding of the nutrients your body needs to fuel your personal growth.
We began discussing the role nutrients play in your personal growth in my last post, One Surprising Way Daily Habits Can Sabotage Personal Growth. There, we discussed the idea that environmental factors, including diet, can change the way our genes express themselves. We discussed the importance of certain vitamins for positive gene expression, but we didn’t get into much detail.
So, that’s what we’re going to do today. You didn’t think I was going to leave you hanging, did you? ?
Today, we’re going to flex our intentional living muscles and gain an awareness of three nutrients in particular — sulforaphane, vitamin D, and B vitamins. We’ll discuss:
- The benefits each provides,
- Where each can be found, and
- Suggested daily intakes.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a biologist, nutritionist, nor a medical professional. I have limited knowledge of this subject. My goal is to help you embrace an intentional living lifestyle, and I believe that taking care of your body is an important aspect of that lifestyle. To that end, I’m here to pique your interest in the hopes that you will Stay Curious! and perform some research of your own. I’ve included links to all of my sources at the end of this post.
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Let’s Not Skip the Basics
Before we get ahead of ourselves too much, let’s take a step back and make sure we have a basic understanding of vitamins — what they do and how they’re absorbed into our bodies.
First, it’s important to understand that our bodies cannot produce vitamins on their own. Yet, our bodies depend on vitamins for many vital functions, including:
- Building muscles and bones and healing wounds
- Fighting infections
- Preventing cell damage
- Making use of nutrients
- Capturing and using energy
Which is why it’s important to be intentional with our diets and make sure we’re getting the nutrients that will support our mental and physical health.
Not All Vitamins Are Created Equal
Next, it’s helpful to know that not all vitamins are created equal. They are transported, absorbed, and excreted by our bodies in different ways. Which leads us to discussing the terms water-soluble and fat-soluble. You’ve probably heard these terms before, but do you know what they mean?
A Quick Rundown
Back to the 3 Nutrients We’re Going to Focus on Today
Only Have 1 Minute
How To Grow Broccoli Sprouts:
How to Grow Broccoli Sprouts (& Why We All Should), written by Katie Wells, reviewed by Dr. Scott Soerries, MD, updated 7.31.19, Wellness Mama
Table of Recommended Daily Intakes
Complete Guide to B Vitamins
A complete guide to B vitamins, written by Jennifer Berry, reviewed by Alan Carter, PharmD on 5.28.19, Medical News Today
Other Links Not Referred to In the Post
Joe Rogan & Dr Rhonda Patrick on the amazing benefits of Sulforaphane & Broccoli Sprouts posted to YouTube by Podcast Highlight on 9.01.17
Broccoli – the DNA whisperer | Tom Malterre | TEDxBellingham posted to YouTube by TEDx Talks on 11.23.13
How much Vitamin D do you need in one day posted to YouTube by AkronChildrens on 1.08.20
Vitamin D: Mayo Clinic Radio posted to YouTube by Mayo Clinic on 10.06.17
How Much Time in the Sun Do You Need for Vitamin D?, Lisa Esposito and Deborah Kotz, U.S. News and World Report, 7.18.18
B Vitamins – Dr. Cooperman Explains What You Need to Know, posted to YouTube by ConsumerLab.com on 6.21.19
How do vitamins work? – Ginnie Trinh Nguyen posted to YouTube by TED-Ed on 10.06.14
How does oxidative stress affect the body?, written by Jamie Eske, reviewed by Stacy Sampson, D.O. on 4.03.19, Medical News Today
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