|Vitamins and minerals are some of the important nutrients that come to you in good foods, especially in vegetables and fruits. To be as healthy as you can be, your body needs the right combination of vitamins and minerals everyday. Without enough vitamins and minerals you could get very sick.
Vitamins are named with letters of the alphabet, and there are at least thirteen that our bodies need. Here are some of them. Vitamin A helps the skin, tissues and eyes grow strong. You can get plenty of vitamin A by eating carrots, sweet potatoes, and other orange vegetables, cheese, butter, and by drinking milk.
There are eight different vitamins called Vitamin B, each in its own role in keeping your body healthy. Most come in meat and many come in vegetables, whole grains, enriched bread and cereal as well.
Vitamin C helps cells grow strong and it helps your body fight against disease. You get plenty of vitamin C by eating oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, melons, dark green leafy vegetables, cabbage, strawberries, potatoes.
Vitamin D is important because it helps your teeth and bones grow strong. Your skin absorbs some vitamin D from sunshine, and you also get vitamin D from tuna, egg, yolks, and milk.
The body needs small amount of minerals that can be got from the right food. Your body needs iron to build blood cells. When people donít have enough iron in their blood, they feel tired and sick. Foods with plenty of iron include meat, green leafy vegetables, whole grain cereals, raisins, and dried beans.
Calcium is a mineral that helps make your bones and teeth strong and helps your muscles work hard. When people donít have enough calcium their bones sometimes break easily. Foods with lots of calcium include milk, yogurt, dried beans, and green leafy vegetables like lettuce.
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