It’s important to know each of the vitamins and their role in our bodies. Moreover, it is critical to know where to get these vitamins in the way nature intended: through our food. Supplements work, but they’re manufactured, and not as potent as the real deal. There is no better way to get your nutrients than through real food that either grew in the earth or walked on it (apologies to our vegetarians.)
Vitamin A helps maintain the health of our skin and eyes.
Signs of vitamin A deficiency include night blindness, dry eyes, clouded vision and rough skin.
Vitamin A is found in the following foods: fish, eggs, green and yellow vegetables, and dairy products.
For people in recovery, Vitamin A helps neutralize skin damage from years of substance abuse, and helps restore skin health, which enhances appearance.
Vitamin C is important for bone health, collagen formation in our skin, overall skin health, and vascular function. It is also well known that vitamin C strengthens our immune system, and helps to prevent colds and flu.
Signs of Vitamin C deficiency include inflammation in and around the mouth and tooth loss.
Vitamin C is found in the following foods: tomatoes, cabbage, and citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, and kiwi.
Vitamin C is critical as studies have shown that the B vitamins and vitamin C may be responsible for much of the lethargy, skin irritation, memory loss and depression experienced by people who are newly recovering from an addiction to alcohol.
Recommended reading: Food for Recovery, Dr. Joseph Beasley and Susan Knightly, Crown Trade Publishing, 1993, Nutritional Supplements, Joe Canon, MS, Infinity Publishing, 2008, The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism, Dr. Abram Hoffer and Dr. Andrew W. Saul, Basic Health Publications, 2008.
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