Who can forget learning their ABC’s as a kid? From A to Z, we utilize the building blocks of communication that allow us to speak, read, and write. But allow us to introduce you to a new set of ABC’s……the ABC’s of healthy feet!
Vitamin A (Retinol, Retinoid)
Benefits: Known to develop keen eyesight and smoothing under eye wrinkles, vitamin A works wonders to keep the rough areas of the feet silky smooth. Acting as a safeguard during the winter months- against cracked heels- and a protector of sun damaged feet during the summer months (yikes!), vitamin A is an absolute must-have to revive tissues, scrapes, lesions, and wounds of the feet.
Source: Carrots, liver, paprika, sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables, topical lotions/creams
Attention: Diabetics, beach-goers, people with psoriasis
Oh by the way: Vitamin A is classified as fat-soluble, meaning: 1) it travels from the fat, 2) into the bloodstream (to be used by the body) 3) and the excess IS stored in the liver; daily supply is NOT required in diet.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin, Cyanocobalamin)
Benefits: Numbness, burning, and tingling of the feet BEGONE with this B vitamin. Found to develop and maintain nerve conduction, vitamin B12 is essential from head-to-toe. A healthy nervous system enables our feet to maintain balance and sensation (for touching). Listen up diabetics!!......this vitamin is for you!
Source: Clams, fortified cereals/whole grains, milk, eggs, poultry, vitamin supplement or injection
Attention: Vegans, vegetarians, diabetics, the elderly, people with gastrointestinal surgery
Oh by the way: Nutrient is not found in plants NATURALLY- plants can be fortified with the nutrient, however; daily recommended amounts can be received via vitamin supplement. Classified as water-soluble, vitamin B12 dissolves directly in the bloodstream and is NOT stored in the body; excess is eliminated in the urine; a continuous daily supply IS needed in our diet.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
Benefits: Free-radicals don’t stand a chance against vitamin C. As a notable antioxidant, vitamin C plays a key role in the production of collagen, helping to keep the skin firm and strong. Hangnails and ingrown toenails?……..That’s ok! Vitamin C has got you covered.
Source: Oranges, spinach, brussels sprouts, green pepper, grapefruit, topical lotion/creams
Attention: Diabetics, beach-goers
Oh by the way: May alleviate the effects of sun damaged skin- sun spots and hyperpigmentation to name a few. Water-soluble.
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