Vitamin D

Do you also wonder why you often catch a cold in the cold season, even though you eat healthy and get enough exercise? 
The reason may be a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is important for the immune system, but it can only be produced in the skin with the help of sunlight.  
So in the gloomy months, you are bound to have a vitamin D deficiency and should take the sunshine vitamin as a dietary supplement in consultation with your doctor.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to remedy an acute vitamin D deficiency through diet alone. In the overall vitamin D balance, the vitamin D ingested through food takes up only 10-20% of the total required. Of course, there’s still no harm in trying to supplement your own balanced diet with vitamin D-containing foods.

Vitamin D

Also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D is one of the many important vitamins and minerals that the human body needs. This fat soluble vitamin is produced in the skin when exposed to sunlight, which is the reason why we often say that you can get your vitamin D outside! Vitamin D can also be found in small amounts in foods including salmon, egg yolks, and fortified foods such as milk. In the body, this vitamin is vital for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and for immune system function. So the next time the sun is shining, go outside and enjoy the sunshine, knowing you are doing something good for your body!

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Whole Foods

Vitamins? Yes, please! From food supplements? Not necessarily! A take-out hamburger with French fries washed down with a vitamin supplement tablet, doesn’t really work does it? It might ease your conscience but it’s not going to do much good in getting you healthier! For good health we need the best nutrients from real fruit and vegetables, fish, meat, eggs and whole grains. It’s real food sources that have the best chance for whole body results. Many large-scale research studies have shown that vitamin preparations and supplements added to processed food may not always improve health. Often they are ineffective and in the worst case may even damage your health. We advise simply reaching for fresh, seasonal, whole food. Always aim to have vibrant colorful food on your plate. Ideally stick to your Metabolic Balance nutrition plan to be sure that your body is provided with all the vital building blocks that it really needs. There are definitely some occasions where good quality supplements may be the right thing for you. But this always needs to be discussed with your health professional or Metabolic Balance coach. So remember food first is best!

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Spinach

Let’s talk spinach! As kids many of us probably were not a big fan of this leafy, green vegetable.

Spinach is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. In addition to a comparatively high iron content, it contains minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. It is also rich in vitamins B and C. Especially in the kitchen, spinach is extremely versatile. It can be used in many ways, whether in salads, as pesto or quite classically in combination with a fried egg. Consider trying a new way to use this great vegetable!