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12 Nutrients to Keep You Going Strong in 2021

12 Nutrients to Keep You Going Strong in 2021

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Good Nutrition Can Help You Start off the Year Strong and Healthy

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JAN. 26, 2021    3 MIN. READ
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If you'd like to start the new year off strong, make a resolution to get enough of  these powerful nutrients. They're proven to support your immune system, brain health, eyesight and more. 

1. Selenium

Selenium works as an antioxidant nutrient to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.  This mineral is also important for reproduction and proper thyroid function.

2. DHA Omega-3

This unique fat found mainly in seafood, nourishes our brains and keeps eyesight sharp.

3. Calcium

An impressive 99% of the body's calcium is found in bones and teeth, making this mineral critical for bone and dental health. Calcium also helps muscles contract, aids in blood clotting and helps our brains and nerves communicate with each other.

4. Vitamin D

This multitasking nutrient helps our bodies absorb calcium and it promotes a strong immune system. Even though we can make vitamin D from sunlight, it's found in very few foods.

5. Zinc

Keeps immune cells strong and healthy and helps with wound healing. Zinc is also critical for proper growth and development, especially during childhood, adolescence and pregnancy.

6. Lutein

Found in parts of the brain and eye, this antioxidant helps with cognitive function and maintains healthy vision by protecting against macular degeneration and cataracts.

7. Protein

Provides the building blocks for cells, muscles, bones, hormones, antibodies and more. Consuming 25 to 30 grams of protein with each meal helps build muscle and may help you feel fuller for longer between meals.

8. Vitamin A

Known as the "anti-infective vitamin", this nutrient keeps the skin, mouth, stomach and lungs healthy so they can better fight infection. It's also key for sharp vision. Consume it with some fat for better absorption.

9. Choline

Our brains and nervous system depend on choline for memory, mood and muscle control. But most of us don't consume enough of it, especially pregnant women, who need extra choline to help aid their child's development.

10. Vitamin E

Helps your body to defend against free radicals and supports a healthy immune response.

11. Vitamin C

Acts as an antioxidant protecting cells from damage. It also helps protect against anemia by helping us absorb more iron from plant foods.

12. Fluids and Electrolytes

Don't forget fluids! They lubricate joints, keep cells and tissues healthy, remove waste products and regulate body temperature, especially when you're sick. Consuming liquids that contain electrolytes — like sodium, potassium and chloride — helps the body hold on to fluids for even better hydration.

The Benefits of Immune-Supporting Nutrition

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Your immune system works around the clock to keep you healthy and to support recovery when illnesses strike, but it can't succeed on its own. The immune system requires key nutrients to build protective antibodies, proteins and enzymes to keep your immune system functioning. 

According to nutritional immunologists, the best way to get these key nutrients is from immune-supporting foods as part of a balanced diet. But what nutrients does your immune system need most? And how do they help you stay healthy? First things first, let's dive into the science of nutrition and its role in the immune system.  

Energy-Boosting Foods and Energy-Sustaining Foods

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When struggling to stay alert, a cup of coffee, energy drink or candy bar may seem like quick-fix, energy-boosting foods, but there's a little more to it.

Let's start with what energy actually means. Energy refers to both a sense of energetic alertness and the physical energy stored in calories.

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