Keeping diet colorful can help in quest for vital nutrients
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With so many vitamins and supplements available these days, you may be wondering which ones you actually need. However, it sometimes may be better to get those nutrients from food, says the Cleveland Clinic.
If you are looking to get more vitamins and minerals in your diet, focus on having more colorful foods.
The clinic recommends including six different colors in your meals every day. It might seem like a lot, but it’s pretty easy.
You could add blueberries to your oatmeal for one meal and then have a cup of coffee, which is full of antioxidants. That’s three colors right there.
Of course, there are situations where taking a supplement may be necessary.
“Vitamin D is typically poorly absorbed through food, and so a D3 supplement is more mimicking the UV rays of the sun. That’s where we get the best Vitamin D. And so, a supplement for Vitamin D3 is going to be recommended there,” said Kristin Kirkpatrick with Cleveland Clinic.
If you are unsure whether you are deficient in certain vitamins, it’s best to consult with your health care provider first. Then they can recommend which ones you actually need.