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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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                        Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                        Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

                        In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

                        And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

                        Why is goal setting important?

                        1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

                        Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

                        For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.

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                        Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

                        After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

                        So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

                        2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

                        The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

                        The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.

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                        We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

                        What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

                        3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

                        We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

                        Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

                        But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.

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                        What you truly want and need

                        Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

                        Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

                        Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

                        When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

                        Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

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                        Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

                        Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

                        Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

                        The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

                        It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

                        Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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