Healthy eating isn’t always easy (though you can make it easier with the right hacks…). Sometimes you don’t even know where to start! That’s why I’m happy to shares today’s guest article by Gary Wilson, so you can start stocking your fridge and pantry with some healthy staples.
Nutrition isn’t something solved once and forgotten—especially in today’s environment. Whether it’s letting too much fast food creep into your diet or the steady drain breathing in a city’s air pollution has on your overall health, it’s difficult for 21st century people to be as healthy as they’d like to be. That being said, 21st century people know a lot more than we ever have about the ins and outs of what is needed in order to gain and keep optimum health.
If you’ve never given much thought to all the B vitamins, there are dozens of reasons why making sure you get plenty will enrich your overall well-being—no matter what’s going on in the rest of your life. Here are eight of the many reasons why B vitamins do your body a world of good:
1. They Lower Your Stroke Risk
Strokes happen when a blood clot interferes with blood flow to the brain, and B vitamins have been linked to reducing the likelihood of those clots ever forming in the first place. Whether you increase your intake of B vitamins through supplements, by eating more peas and broccoli, or by committing to drinking a daily cup or two of goldenseal herbal tea, go out of your way to boost your intake of B, and you’ll enjoy a lowered likelihood of stroke.
2. They Give You More Energy
Our near-insatiable dependence on caffeine is enough to convince anyone that the pursuit of more energy has become tantamount with the pursuit of the American Dream, which is why B vitamins’ ability to increase energy is such welcome news. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is the particular vitamin responsible for championing energy, and it is boosted by eating more nuts, green leafy vegetables, dairy, and meats of all kinds. While researchers aren’t sure why B2 boosts energy, the fact that it helps your body more efficiently break down everything you eat may have something to do with it.
3. They Lower Your Dementia Risk
By eating plenty of fish, legumes, and nuts you can lower your dementia risk. These sources of B vitamins can keep you safer from developing a disorder called pellagra. Marked by dementia, pellagra can also cause diarrhea and other physical ailments. Simply moderate your alcohol intake and get plenty of B vitamins,and this type of dementia probably won’t be a worry for you.
4. They Keep Beriberi at Bay
Plenty of vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, is necessary for keeping a disease called beriberi at bay. Found most commonly in alcoholics and people who are malnourished, beriberi has far-reaching effects on the digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. It can cause paralysis, a loss of feeling in the hands and feet, and it can also lead to heart failure. To get plenty of B1, eat more whole grains, beans, meats, nuts, and yeasts on a regular basis.
5. They’re an Antioxidant
Load up on almonds, milk, Brussels sprouts, spinach and wild rice for a boost in the B vitamins that are richest in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight the free radicals in our bodies and environments that cause cell damage, assisting in everything from reducing the signs and symptoms of age to improving red blood cell production.
6. They Improve Heart Health
Heart disease is still the number one killer in the United States, but a diet high in B vitamins can improve your heart health and help guard against such a fate. Vitamin B9 is one of the biggest helps in this department. Eat green, leafy vegetables, citrus, and legumes every day to ensure your heart is getting all the help it can.
7. They Boost Metabolism
Who doesn’t want to improve their metabolism? While exercise is a great way to boost your body’s fuel-burning capacity, simply boosting your intake of vitamin B can help as well. Because the B vitamins are such an essential part of transforming what you eat into energy, getting plenty of them can’t help but increase your body’s efficiency in using the calories you take in. So, eat up—if it’s got B vitamins in it, you’re going to use it faster anyway.
8. They Improve Sleep
A trio of B vitamins—12, 9, and 6—are responsible for helping improveboth mood and sleep. Through improved production of serotonin and melatonin and through providing for a more measured production of the stress hormone norepinephrine, these vitamins help regulate your energy and sleep cycles. Eat poultry, tuna, lentils, carrots, and brown rice to get your fill.
It can be hard to be healthy in today’s world, but small changes can bring big gains. By taking a little time to make sure your diet includes plenty of B vitamins every single day, you’ll better your chances of good health.
About the Author
I’m Gary Wilson, professional blogger and social media consultant. In addition, practicing conversion optimization techniques focusing health and entertainment niche. I’m always online via Twitter, so you can catch me with your cool ideas.