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‘A’ Equals to Good Grade and Eat More Vitamin A Food Leads to Better Health!

‘A’ Equals to Good Grade and Eat More Vitamin A Food Leads to Better Health!

If you want a healthy immune system, heart, lungs, kidneys and nearly every organ in your body…you need Vitamin A. If you have ever experienced throat or chest infections, gastroenteritis, delayed growth or even infertility, it could be a lack of Vitamin A! It turns out, some of the common issues we all deal with and have assumed to be part of life could actually be the result of our lousy diet!

So all in all, we need Vitamin A [1]. But where do we get Vitamin A? Should we take it in a powder, a pill or what? While supplements are always an option, there are tons of Vitamin A rich foods you can add to your diet. Many of which you already enjoy.

There are two forms of Vitamin A available to our diets: preformed and provitamin. Preformed Vitamin A comes from animal products like dairy, fish, meat, etc. Provitamin A is a plant pigment and is found in the vegetarian meal choices we make.

The Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) at the Institute of Medicine has determined the recommended daily allowance for males agent 14-50 is 900mcg, and females of the same age should get about 700mcg [2].

    Our body gives us ‘signals’ if we lack Vitamin A

    While Vitamin A is found in plenty of foods, even foods you already eat, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are getting enough of those foods to count. Think about what you’ve eaten so far this week: was it all healthy, preservative-free food? How many fruits and vegetables have you enjoyed?

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    Chances are, you’ve opted for quick fixes and used time you could have been meal-prepping for getting all the other things done that have been stressing you out. Am I right? While it can be so frustrating and downright unenjoyable to plan meals, knowing what you’re ingesting and why it’s good for you is so important. The following problems are just three common issues associated with a lack of Vitamin A.

    1. Poor Vision

    If you aren’t getting enough Vitamin A, you could experience poor vision, especially at night or in dimly-lit settings. While irritating, this problem is also extremely dangerous. It can make it hazardous to drive at night. Thinking small, it can also be difficult to read menus while at a romantic restaurant. And nobody wants that (1).

    2. Dry Eyes

    If you’ve ever experienced dry eyes (severe or otherwise), then you know it’s awful. But dry eyes caused by Vitamin A deficiency can actually cause xerophthalmia, a big word for a severe form of night blindness. Essentially, your eyes lose the ability to moisten themselves which means you can’t produce tears. Sure, you could constantly squeeze eyedrops onto your pupils, but is that really the life you want?

    3. Hindered growth and rough, itchy skin

    If you aren’t getting enough Vitamin A, especially at a young age, your growth can be dramatically stunted and even halted altogether! While there is absolutely nothing wrong with being on the short side, do you want to know you could have prevented it? More so, a lack of Vitamin A can lead to unhealthy skin, evidenced by rough, flaky and dry patches. Yuck.

    A must try! Top 10 Vitamin A rich foods

    1. Beef Liver

      This beef liver and onions recipe is a great way to get your Vitamin A fix. This specific recipe is an appetizer. Try it at your next event as a helpful, subtle way to get more Vitamin A into the lives of your friends, too! And if you’re thinking, “ew! Liver?! No way am I eating that!” Then I challenge you to ask yourself: when was the last time you tried it? [3]

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      2. Carrots

        While it’s ideal to munch on carrots by themselves, we can’t all be Bugs Bunny. This delicious peach and carrot smoothie is a great way to get that vitamin A fix first thing in the morning! You’ll be amazed at how good it can taste to get your vitamins.

        3. Sweet Potato

          Sweet potatoes are so versatile. You can bake them, roast them, chop them, whip them, slather them in butter and cinnamon or cheese and chives. While they are especially delicious as dessert foods, in the interest of health, let’s stick to this recipe for simple roasted sweet potatoes. Yum! Add these to your next meal for a satisfying, good-for-you side.

          4. Kale

            Kale, like sweet potatoes, is good in basically any dish. This recipe is a must-try! This Avocado kale quinoa salad is bursting with nutrition and it tastes amazing, too! A win-win! It’s basically a bowl full of health!

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            5. Spinach

              This recipe for Spinach Ball appetizers is as healthy as it is adorable! Enjoy them as a side dish or as an appetizer at your next gathering.

              6. Apricots

                These no cook apricot energy bites are an ideal snack to bring to work or school. They’re dairy free, gluten free, vegan and the only sugar that exists is naturally-occurring! And did I mention there is no cooking involved?!

                7. Broccoli

                  I have always loved broccoli, especially covered in cheese! While this recipe for garlic roasted broccoli is cheese-free, it’s so delicious you won’t even notice it’s missing. If you haven’t noticed yet, so many of these Vitamin A-rich foods work perfectly as side dishes to any healthy meal. This can make it especially easy to get a variety of veggies without feeling like you’re eating all day long.

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                  8. Butter

                    Unfortunately, I can’t recommend you eat sticks of butter (though if you’ve ever had really good butter, you’ve probably been tempted). But I am going to recommend you try the recipe for bullet-proof coffee.

                    While there are many variations and you can always find the website of the same name to see the basic version, this one is a great start. You mix coconut oil (or a similar oil) and grass fed butter into your coffee. I know, it sounds crazy, butter? In my coffee? but it’s oh so good! And the best part? It’s good for you!

                    9. Eggs

                      While everyone seems to change their mind every other day on whether eggs are healthy or unhealthy, the research shows they are good for you, as long as you eat them in moderation. This recipe for 50 calorie egg muffin cups is a great way to kickstart your morning without any guilt while also getting a Vitamin A fix. Enjoy!

                      10. Winter Squash

                        If you’re anything like me, it doesn’t have to be cold outside to enjoy a bowl of delicious soup. This recipe for butter nut squash and apple soup is sure to warm your heart and belly, no matter the temperature! Full of vitamins and minerals, this is sure to be a new soup go-to.

                        Reference

                        [1]Patient: Vitamin A Deficiency
                        [2]National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements: Vitamin A
                        [3]Dr. Axe: Top 10 Vitamin A Foods

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                        Last Updated on October 18, 2018

                        10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

                        10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

                        Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

                        Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

                        So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

                        Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:

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                        1. It is easier.

                        When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

                        2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

                        Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

                        3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

                        Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

                        4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.

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                          If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

                          5. It could lead to better sleep.

                          Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

                          6. It can help your skin.

                          For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

                          7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

                          Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

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                          8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

                          Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

                          9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

                          For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

                          10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

                            Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.

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                            Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

                            Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

                            Sleep well with your naked body!

                            With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

                            Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

                            If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

                            Want to Feel More Energized Throughout the Day? Start With This

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