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IRON: Iron is essential for carrying oxygen to your blood. If you are not getting enough iron in your diet, your red blood cells are not getting enough oxygen, which can cause dizziness and fainting (anemia.) So be sure and fill your diet with iron sources wherever possible!

OMEGAS: Omega 3 and 6 are both essential fatty acids that are necessary for various health balances within your body. Omega 3 helps keep your circulatory system pumping smooth and healthily. Both have efficient anti-inflammatory properties which are amazing for your heart’s regularity. Both are also necessary for optimum brain function!

PROTEIN /AMINO ACIDS: Protein is essential for overall body functions including but not limited to, muscle growth, a balanced metabolism, and for overall energy. It is important that you eat foods rich with proteins if you are a physically active person. It is also important that you get complete proteins (containing all your essential amino acids) for maximum stabilization and for optimum nutritional benefits. Amino acids are the molecules that make up proteins. Out of the 20 known amino acids there are 10 essential ones that your body needs but cannot synthesize naturally. Since you cannot make them, your body needs to get them from other sources – i.e. the food you eat.

VITAMINS: There are many vitamins (other than the ones previously listed) such as A, B, C, D, E, and K that you will need for complete and efficient functionality. Eat a wide variety of FRESH fruits and leafy green vegetables. Also, spend some time outside in the sun(vitamin D) and enjoy life!

ZINC: Zinc helps the immune system fight off unnecessary bacteria and viruses. It is important that you eat a variety of foods containing zinc for you to maintain and build a strong immune defense system. Zinc also aids in your body’s production of DNA, and full utilization of proteins.

For more information and descriptions of foods rich in these nutrients, check out The Plan(t)!