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A Closer Look at Vitamins and How They Affect Your Health

A Closer Look at Vitamins and How They Affect Your Health

People have access to extensive nutrition information these days, thanks to the internet. However, that doesn’t make it any easier to get reliable answers when you’re looking to improve your health and wellness.

Our team at Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, offers comprehensive and holistic health care in Scottsdale, Arizona. That means you get answers you can trust for every aspect of your health — including the role vitamins play in your overall wellness with our expert nutrition counseling.

Vitamin basics

Simply put, a vitamin is an organic compound that comes from food that your body needs to thrive. There are 13 recognized vitamins, and they fall into two types:

Fat-soluble

Types of fat-soluble vitamins include A, D, E, and K. These vitamins get stored in your liver and fatty tissue for days or months at a time, depending on the vitamin. 

Water-soluble 

Vitamin C and all B vitamins fall into this category. Unlike fat-soluble vitamins, these substances pass through the body quickly, expelled in your urine, so you usually need a regular supply of them. 

It’s possible for your body to have either too much or too little of these substances.

Your health and your nutrition

In addition to vitamins, a healthy diet also provides important nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. 

Unfortunately, studies show that approximately 46% of adults and 56% of children have poor quality diets. Not only does this affect the vitamins and nutrients your body receives, but it also puts you at risk of health complications, such as:

On top of that, not getting the vitamins and nutrients you need can keep you from feeling your best. You may experience unexplained fatigue, dry and brittle hair and nails, mouth problems, irritability, and diarrhea.

That’s because all of the foods and beverages you put into your body on a daily basis have a direct impact on your emotions, energy levels, and physical well-being. When you don’t get enough of the essential nutrients, your body can’t function properly.

Getting the nutrients you need

Fortunately, you don’t have to navigate the confusing world of nutrition on your own. Our nutrition counseling team can help.

To start, we look at your overall health and discuss your current diet, caloric intake, and meal habits at home. We also perform blood tests and other lab screenings to look for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. 

After gaining this insight into your unique needs, we can create a customized nutrition plan designed to improve your health and wellness. Not only do we make recommendations about meals and snacks to improve your nutrition, but we also provide suggestions for vitamin and nutritional supplements to help you achieve optimal health.

Anyone can benefit from better nutrition. Whether you want to develop strategies for eating healthier or you need support with fatigue, weight gain, or chronic illness due to nutritional deficiencies, we can help demystify the impact vitamins and nutrients have on your health.

Are you looking for a safe, risk-free, and effective way to improve your health and wellness? Contact the Scottsdale Private Physicians, LLC, office nearest you to schedule a nutrition counseling appointment by calling or booking online today.

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