Vitamins are a group of organic compounds that are essential for optimal health and body function.
They are required in small quantities, and can be sourced from healthy foods, drinks, and even in alkaline water.
Vitamins can be divided into two broad categories: fat-soluble and water-soluble. These monikers determine how the vitamins are stored and absorbed by the body.
Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in fatty tissues within your body and contribute to an array of health and prevention functions. Vitamin A, D, E, and K make up the fat-soluble vitamins. Unlike their water-soluble counterparts, fat-soluble vitamins will not break down in cooking and they are more easily absorbed alongside other fatty foods like oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds.
It is important to note that since fat-soluble vitamins are stored in your fatty tissues, they can be toxic in high quantities, so be wary of eating or drinking too much of the compounds!
In contrast, water-soluble vitamins are not stored in the body. To ensure you’re getting the most of the water-soluble vitamins you consume, consider the cooking methods you employ. Consumers should note that overcooking vegetables can deplete the water-soluble vitamin content, leaving your body with less to absorb. To ensure you get the biggest bang for your buck, pay attention to how long you cook vegetables for.
Some vitamins and minerals are absorbed more efficiently in tandem with one another. For example, vitamin D and calcium promote each other’s absorption. Luckily, calcium is an essential trace mineral that can be found in Santevia’s alkaline water. Drinking alkaline water can therefore assist your body in the absorption of some essential vitamins.
Additionally, some vitamins contribute significantly to your body’s alkalization by assisting in acid neutralization.
Vitamin A, C, D, and E are all considered to be alkalizing vitamins. We’ve listed common sources of these vitamins here:
Vitamin A: Carrots are packed with vitamin A, making them a great source. However, if you choose to cook your carrots, limit cooking time to ensure that your body is able to absorb significant quantities of the vitamin.
Vitamin C: Although fruits like oranges and lemons might seem acidic, they are actually highly alkalizing. These citrus fruits are great sources of Vitamin C, and since it is a water-soluble vitamin, they can be consumed daily.
Vitamin D: Although you can absorb a significant amount of Vitamin D from the sun alone, the vitamin can also be found in eggs, milk, and cod liver oil. However, be wary of supplementing this vitamin, as it is fat-soluble and can be toxic in high quantities.
Vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, eggs, and olive oil are all significant sources of Vitamin E that provide alkalizing properties. However, like Vitamin D, it is fat-soluble so consumers should monitor how much they consume - try not to exceed 400IU a day.
While this is not an exhaustive list of vitamin sources, we hope it can be a reference point for those wondering if they’re choosing the right foods to ensure they’re getting enough vitamins!
By further understanding what our body needs nutrition-wise, we can better employ simple life changes to our everyday diet to work towards alkaline balance in our bodies and achieve optimal health!