I always find it interesting that in general, we pay so much attention to “dieting” and eating well to look good, lose weight and tone up. But very few people understand what micro nutrients are in which foods – and very few coaches actually explain this to their clients.
I am a big believer in coaching my clients to understand as much as they can so that it is a sustainable and maintainable lifestyle. So, let’s look at Vitamin A.
Vitamin A is one of the vitamins necessary for a healthy life, and is one that is often overlooked. You rarely hear anyone raving the positive effects of Vitamin A, but it is one of the most necessary vitamins for proper growth and development.
In addition, Vitamin A is also necessary for the proper function of the reproductive organs and the immune system. Children who are deprived of Vitamin A at an early age may experience severe health problems related to an underdeveloped immune system.
A benefit of Vitamin A that is under estimated is the maintenance of healthy skin and hair. That means that a person who is not getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin A is likely to have a more difficult time keeping their hair and skin looking healthy and young.
So why is it that we hear so little about Vitamin A?
Part of the reason may be that most people get enough of this vitamin without any supplementation. Since lots of people get enough in a normal, healthy daily food intake, there is little focus on Vitamin A as a supplement and more on those vitamins that most people lack in their daily diets.
Vitamin A is also called Retinol and one of the most common ways to determine whether a particular food is rich in Vitamin A is the color. Orange-colored foods are typically good sources of this vitamin. Cantaloupe melons, carrots and sweet potato are among the more common sources. If you are a woman and you eat a half-cup of sweet potato, you will have consumed twice the daily requirement of Vitamin A.
Some other good orange-colored sources of Vitamin A are red bell peppers, oranges and papaya. Other sources are kale, milk, eggs, broccoli and tomatoes. Raw foods are more viable sources of Vitamin as some of this valuable vitamin is retained through processing and cooking.
If you are looking for ways to increase your daily intake of particular vitamins, you should pay attention to the foods you are eating. As a general rule, you can rest assured that it is very simple for most people to include sufficient natural sources of Vitamin A, but as I said at the beginning, it is always interesting to understand what food sources this comes from.