This study reveals that almost 50 per cent of the world’s population does not get adequate vitamin D. Exposing your skin to sunlight (which is probably a daily occurrence in Singapore) aids the production of vitamin D in your body.
Plus, vitamin D promotes calcium absorption, so include whole eggs, salmon and tuna in your diet for stronger bones.
Individuals following a vegetarian or vegan diet face a risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. That is because this important vitamin is commonly found in beef, poultry, seafood and eggs.
Vitamin B12 is essential for the production of red blood cells, so load up on cereals or yogurts that are fortified with this important vitamin for healthy skin. A lack of blood cells could lead to hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin C is your weapon against the common flu, so strengthen your immune system by stocking up on oranges, lemons and berries. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that improves the quality of your skin as well.
The presence of vitamin C in your body also improves the absorption of iron, helping you maintain a healthy blood count.
Pay more attention to foods rich in vitamin A such as egg yolks, carrots and sweet potatoes – these orange-hued foods protect your vision. Vitamin A is important as it supports the growth of cells, making it an essential for maintaining healthy organs.
On a low-carb diet? You might be preventing your body from getting its healthy dose of folic acid. Vitamin B-rich foods such as whole grains, lentils and beans are high in folic acid that is involved in the growth of red blood cells. It also boosts energy levels, as well as improves your immunity.
Text: Divyata Raut/SHAPE