Do You Know What You Need To Live?

We all know that we need vitamins and minerals to survive but how many of you actually know exactly what you need to survive? That’s the thing with thinking about the specific requirements our bodies have, they’re specific. So specific in fact that some of the things you need to survive you may not have heard of. The fact is that if you’re eating a healthy balanced diet you should be getting all the vitamins which you need and you shouldn’t have to worry too much about supplementing that.

The specifics of what we need every day to survive and what you should be getting from a daily calorie intake of around 2000 calories are:

Vitamin A – 5000 international units

Vitamin C – 60 mg (found in citrus fruits)

Calcium – 1000 mg (found in dairy products)

Iron – 18 mg (found in most red meat)

Vitamin D – 400 IU

Vitamin E – 30 IU

Vitamin K – 80 micrograms

Thiamin – 1.5 mg

Roboflavin – 1.7 mg

Niacin – 20 mg

Vitamin B6 – 2 mg

Folate – 400 micrograms

Vitamin B12 – 300 micrograms

Vitamin B5 – 10 mg

Phosphorus – 1000 mg

Iodine – 150 micrograms

Magnesium – 400 mg

Zinc – 15 mg

Selenium – 70 micrograms

Copper – 2 mg

Manganese – 2 mg

Chromium -130 micrograms

Molybdenum – 75 micrograms

Chloride – 3400 mg

All of these things are needed for us to function on tip top form. A deficiency in any one area can lead to serious issues in others. Most people get everything they need from their diets and if they know they’re lacking in any specific area there are various supplements available to balance this out again. This just illustrates the incredible variety of things we need to keep going. Human beings are immensely complicated organisms and though you’ll never need to know all of those things and exactly what they do, it’s always good to have an idea of just how complicated you actually are!

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