Lets move 365: Don’t forget your vitamins

Many people don’t get enough vitamins and minerals from their everyday diet. We explain what happens when people don’t get enough from their diet.

Food is not everything. In order to maintain good health students need to have some vitamins in their daily intake. We need vitamin A, B12, C and other vitamins. We can get this in a supplement form or as part of eating a balanced diet. The body cannot make its own minerals and vitamins and therefore we must get them from food and other supplements

Having enough vitamins and minerals mean that students have a lower chance of getting a cold or flu in winter as their immune system is great.

What does the immune system do?

It helps fight the bad bacteria and protects you against disease. It is made up of a number of cells and proteins in the body and it keeps a record of every germ that comes through the body. It could be whether you did not wash your hands properly to the common cold and flu.

If we don’t get enough vitamins and minerals the immune system will be deficient and will not perform as well.

What else happens if we don’t eat enough vitamins and minerals?

  • Brittle bones which is a result from calcium and vitamin D deficiency
  • Our physical and mental function can deteriorate- our body needs food to function properly
  • Anaemia which is a result from iron deficiency
  • Muscle cramps which is from not having enough potassium in the diet

So how do we prevent these deficiencies?

We should eat more of the right stuff when we can. When we track the food that we eat each day, take a look at the report at each of the vitamins and minerals section and that will give you some feedback on whether you are eating enough.

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