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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.

What Is the Daily Calorie Intake for Your Life Stage?

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Calories sometimes get a bad rap. But should they? People are often told that a high-calorie eating approach can lead to weight gain. But too few calories can be equally problematic, robbing the body of the fuel and vital nutrients it needs to perform at its best.

The trick to optimal nutrition isn't avoiding calories. It's about balancing the energy and nutrients you take in with the amount you expend. So, what is the daily calorie intake that's right for you? This guide can help.

What Is Collagen and Why Is It Important to Your Health?

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What Is Collagen and Why Is It Important to Your Health?

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Collagen is one of the most popular items to hit the nutrition aisle, but what exactly is it? And how important is it for your health? Collagen is a protein in the body that provides structure to the connective tissue. Over time and with aging, collagen production decreases causing less elasticity in the skin. Researchers are studying collagen for its potential to reduce wrinkles, mitigate joint pain and reduce bone deterioration.

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