We all know that vitamins are important for kids to grow up healthy and staying healthy.
Knowing how the human body absorbs nutrients can help us provide food and drink options that work with the bodies natural functions – not against them.
There are two types of soluble vitamins:
Water-soluble vitamins include vitamin C and vitamin B complex. Vegetables are a good source for Vitamin C. It is important to note that because vitamin C is water soluble, overcooking any vegetable can deplete the vitamin C content, which ends up in the cooking water that it is often poured out as waste.
Water-soluble vitamins are excreted in sweat and urine, so they are subject to depletion when excess excretion can occur from heavy sweating during exercise or an extended duration of competitive sports.
Fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, and K are an important part of our diet. These vitamins attach to proteins so that the body can easily store them in the liver and fat cells of the body.
These vitamins do not break down during cooking and are best absorbed when consumed with oils, fats, avocados, nuts, and seeds.
Some vitamins are absorbed best when they are paired with other nutrients or minerals. Vitamin D and calcium work better together for absorption while vitamin E works well when absorbed with vitamin C.
Are multivitamins enough?
Multivitamins are certainly convenient, however, less than 10% of nutrients actually make it into the right areas of our system.
This is because they are often broken down by the stomach before they get a chance to be absorbed into the body.
Choosing the right foods and pairing them wisely can help our bodies naturally absorb nutrients so the maximum amount of vitamin absorption can occur.