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Top 5 Nutrients We Just Don’t Get Enough Of

If you’re a, well…person, you know that it can be tough to eat healthy. Sometimes the days gets so rife with work and movement and just stuff that grabbing a bag of potato chips can seem like an okay alternative to an actual meal. And that’s really not a good thing.

Because according to some pretty reputable studies, a lot of us don’t get the proper nutrition we should. And while that may not seem like such a big deal now, the negative effects can get really unpleasant down the road.

That doesn’t mean you have to go and change your entire lifestyle. But maybe think a little bit more about the following nutrients next time you’re in the grocery store.

1.) Fiber

Oh, yes — fiber. It helps with digestion (we all knew that), but not a lot of people know that some fiber can reduce risk of some pretty nasty ailments, like type 2 diabetes and stroke. Get it from oats, lentils, whole wheat, rice, and veggies.

2.) Magnesium

Here’s one that not a lot of people think of. And it’s actually really, really important. Why? Well, scientists have found that this nutrient is correlated with a decreased mortality from cancer and heart disease.

Nuts like pistachios and almonds are a good place to start upping your daily magnesium.

3.) Vitamin D

It’s the vitamin we typically associate with the sun. And yes, you can get it from there — in fact, the sun may be the best source of this vitamin. Spending just 15 minutes outside can help increase your intake of Vitamin D and ensure that you have strong immunity and bones.

4). Potassium

Yes, you’re thinking of bananas, but other leafy foods like spinach and beets (potatoes, too) are a good place to get it, as well. Potassium is one of those nutrients that also lowers your risk of heart disease and diabetes. With the added bonus of preventing osteoperosis, too.

5). Omega 3 Fatty Acids

You’ve definitely heard of this one, but you might not know how important it is — or where to get it. Omega 3 is a fat that you find in fish with salmon being the most popular choice. While the health benefits are large, this is the one that’s associated with brain health, preventing dementia and alzheimers.