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Don't Forget The Vitamins!


Vitamins are essential to life. Our bodies cannot manufacture them and it is imperative that we get them. Without vitamins our bodies cannot survive.

They contribute to good health by regulating the metabolism and assisting the biochemical processes that release energy from digested food. They are considered micronutrients because the body needs them in relatively small amounts compared to other nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water. Enzymes are essential chemicals that are the foundation of human bodily functions. They are catalysts (activators) in the chemical reactions that are continually taking place within the body. Vitamins work with these enzymes as coenzymes, thereby allowing all the activities that occur within the body to happen quickly and accurately. 

Of the major vitamins, some are water-soluble and some are oil-soluble:

  • Water-soluble vitamins (B, C, folic acid) are found in meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and whole grains. They are transported around the body in water. This means your body can not store them because they are excreted within one to four days.
  • Oil-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) are usually found in meat and meat products, animal fat and vegetable oils, dairy products and fish. They are transported around the body in fat, and your body stores any excess in the liver and fatty tissues. This means you do not need to get them every day.

Both types of vitamins are needed by the body for proper functioning. Plenty of foods naturally contain vitamins, but it is not always easy to get everything our body requires: fruit and vegetables age and modern processing techniques have considerably reduced the vitamin and mineral content of many foods. So it is important that we eat a wide variety of fresh foods. Frozen vegetables are also a good option: they can often contain more vitamins than vegetables stored for a long time at room temperature.

Too little of just one vitamin may disturb the body's balance and cause health problems. To make sure our bodies are getting everything they need, especially when our food intake is restricted and our body is working overtime to burn all our stored fat, we must take the multivitamin as Dr Cohen recommends. It is often advised to take vitamins during the day, after a meal. Never take supplements on an empty stomach – they will quickly pass out in your urine. This is especially true for the B and C vitamins that dissolve in water. The fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K can be stored in the body for up to 24 hours and are sometimes stored in the liver for even longer.

Make sure you keep your supplements in a dark, cool place or they will 'go off', just like apples in a bowl. The best place to store vitamins is in the refrigerator – make sure there is a lid on the container.

So, drink the water and take your vitamins to ensure optimum success, with rapid fat loss on your Eating Plan!

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