The Vitamins & Nutrients That We Need More Of!

by Lauren on February 23, 2017

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We’d all like to think that our diets are packed full of all the vitamins and nutrients that we need to stay healthy, but the fact is that’s rarely the case. 100 years ago, a much higher percentage of people than today were getting almost everything that they needed from their food. However, thanks to the creation of fast foods and ready meals, today very few of us are getting all that we need nutrient-wise from our food.

The shift from eating healthy, wholesome foods like we did 100 years ago to eating ready made foods, has meant that there’s been a major increase in diseases linked to diet. Now, the good news is that upping our nutrient and vitamin intake is fairly easy, it’s just a case of eating healthily consistently and using supplements to up our intakes of nutrients that we can’t seem to get enough of from our food alone.

Now, the question is, what are the vitamins and nutrients that most of us tend to lack? It’s time to find out.

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Potassium

Potassium is one of the most important nutrients because we cannot live without it – it helps to keep our hearts beating. By getting enough potassium, you can help to lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of osteoporosis, and decrease your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Potassium is also needed to help keep our muscles functioning properly. Per day, we’re meant to get 4700 mg of potassium, but only half of us are getting it. To up your potassium intake, eating more foods high in it, such as bananas, spinach, and beetroot is one option. Another is to take a potassium supplement, ensuring that you’re getting exactly what you need.

Calcium

Calcium is just as important as potassium – it is crucial for bone health, helps our blood to clot, and is important for the nervous system. Calcium is actually one of the body’s most crucial nutrients, which is why ensuring that you’re getting enough of it is so important. People who don’t get enough calcium have an increased risk of developing osteoporosis and being prone to bone fractures. For people with osteoporosis, calcium becomes even more important, as the right amount of it can help to slow the disease down, boosting the health of the bones. By taking calcium-based supplements, you can give your bones the best chance of staying healthy, even when suffering from osteoporosis. To learn more about the uses of calcium supplements, reading AlgaeCal reviews and testimonials can be helpful.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D might be the only vitamin that we can consume and make ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we’re getting enough of it. Vitamin D is important as it helps to keep our bones healthy, regulates cell growth, and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin D is also crucial for helping us to maintain the correct level of calcium. The recommended amount of vitamin D that we should be getting each day is 18 mcg, but only 30 percent of us are getting it. One of the best ways to get vitamin D is through milk, but as a lot of us drink too little milk, we’re not getting the right amount of this vitamin. To up your vitamin D intake, eating lots of salmon can help, as can drinking more milk. Another option is to take vitamins each day.

There you have it, a guide to the vitamins and nutrients that we aren’t getting enough of and need more of.

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It Gets Easier…But Does It?

by Lauren on February 21, 2017

Do you ever feel like you don’t know when your day ends or when your day begins? You’ve been up more times than you care to count, your feeling rundown, tired, emotional, stressed, worried.  You are constantly pulled in 1,000 different directions, taking care of need after need and just when you think you may get a minute to breath, your toddler throws up all over the kitchen table.

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You may or may not feel like this, but right now, I do.  Life is hard….like really hard. My entire focus is 100% directed on two little people, day in and day out, which causes me to feel guilt in all of the other areas of my life. My friendships are affected, my marriage is affected, my job is affected, and my own personal mental being is affected. Never in my life have I been so incredibly desired in such a way that makes me want to ball up and cry most days.  Never in my life did I think I would be “that” person that says she forgot to eat or can’t find a second to pee or change her vomit covered shirt. But here I am, undoubtably “that” person.

And you know what….I’m owning it.

I often think back of what my life was like before I had kids, before I met John, and before I had many responsibilities other than my 9 to 5 job. I always had time to shower and put myself together.  I often splurged on nice things for myself or spent hours at the salon.  I went on trips, I went out to eat, I sat down and relaxed.  Sounds appealing doesn’t it?  Well, what I’m not telling you is that despite all of that freedom, I was hurting.  I was unhappy.  I lacked that soul defying joy in my life that I longed for so badly.

When John and I got married, I was seven months pregnant with Grayson.  Things were still easy for us in a sense. As soon as we welcomed our firstborn, we quickly realized that our marriage was going to be tested and boy was it ever. We endured a lot that first year, but we made it through.  When I got pregnant with Isaiah, we once again found ourselves facing all new trials, this time bigger than before.  And then was he was born, our worlds were shaken so badly that I found myself crying out to God most days to make it stop.  But despite this all, my relationship with John only got stronger.  We leaned on each other more than we ever had.  We prayed together everyday and we held on so tightly to the beauty of us, that nothing else that hit us would even make a mark.

Life with a toddler diagnosed with autism and a newborn is unbelievably impossible most days.  My time is divided and there is absolutely no such thing as “me” time in our everyday routine. I worry constantly that I’m not enough or that I’m not measuring up.  I let the baby cry longer than I want, I let Grayson watch too much TV when I can’t seem to get anything done, I guilt myself into thinking people notice how much of a train wreck I must seem right now.

And just when I think I can’t take it anymore, I’m given a glimpse of beauty in the chaos.  God has a way of doing this.  He gives us challenges to face but lets us know we are not in it alone.

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I am no longer the woman I once was five years ago and I am no longer on the path I was making for myself.  And even though life is messy and unpredictable and just plain hard right now, I wouldn’t go back on that path for anything in the world.

This is my path now….being called to love two little people in more ways than my heart even knows, putting my marriage first, and above all, allowing God to do incredible work in all of our lives. It’s a humbling experience when you realize the joy that comes after the storm.  And even though we may still be navigating this storm in this phase of life, I could not be happier, more fulfilled and more myself than I ever have been.

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