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Vitamins, Minerals, Oh My!

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If you are like me, you get confused on how much of what vitamins and minerals you need. We need so much! And each one provides something different for our body. We get them from different sources. It can overload our brains when we are trying to learn so much. Then again, maybe it is just me that feels that way. But just in case I am not the only one, here’s some information for others who might be thinking or feeling the same way.

So here is a chart with vitamin information showing the recommended daily allowances of all the vitamins. This chart also shows what the vitamins affect and what foods you can find these vitamins in.



Here is more info and it shows mainly the Vitamin B family, their functions as well as symptoms of deficiencies.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B

Not only do we need to understand vitamins, but minerals as well. So here is a handy-dandy mineral chart as well.

MineralsIf you are don’t have enough of these wonderful vitamins and minerals, your body is going to feel the effects. Here is how you might feel if you are deficient:




If you are concerned about getting proper nutrition, consult your doctor or a nutritionist. Ask them what you can do differently. You can see about a blood test to check your vitamin levels to see if you are low or deficient on anything.

Personally, I am deficient in Vitamin D, B12 and low on iron. My iron level tips to deficiency from time to time. I take a supplement for B12 and I often forget my Vitamin D. I am deficient in D because I work 3rd shift and don’t see the sun enough. I feel like a vampire. The sun is my enemy. But I do miss it. I also think that  these deficiencies I have help keep me locked into obesity. If you notice, they are key to energy. I feel like I am worn out all the time. I feel like I have worked 20 hours a day all the time and many times I have only worked 8-10 hours a day. I can’t sleep well. This could be me fighting my natural sleep cycle. But the fact remains that I am deficient or low on energy producing vitamins and minerals. It makes sense to me that I would be exhausted. It takes all the energy I have to do everything I absolutely have to do. I am working to correct this, but don’t let yourself get to the point I have gotten where you feel half dead!



About Amy

Recently I came to an ugly realization–I am middle aged. I didn’t really think so but then I doubled my age and thought, “Hmmmm…some of people don’t live to that age. I must be middle age.” This epiphany came in the third quarter of my 39th year. So I am surviving middle age…it’s scary.

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  1. I feel the exact same way you do. I found your page by searching for charts (that you provided) on vitamins and minerals. I am obese, I have no energy, I can’t sleep, I have a horrible memory, and I can’t focus (possibly ADD). Out of curiosity, have you found the right combination or the right brand of vitamins that meet all of your needs? I am considering taking two different kinds of vitamins and alternating them – “Vitafusion Women’s Daily MultiVitamin Formula Gummy Vitamins Bone & Metabolism” & “CVS Daily Women’s Active Vitamins”, because none of the vitamins I found have all of the vitamins I am looking for. I am also going to take additional calcium and 1000 mg of Omega 3.

    • Hi, Julie! Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoy my blog. Have you had your bloodwork done? Mine shows that my vitamin D is EXTREMELY low and so my doctor gave me a prescription for D capsules. I take them weekly and they help a lot. I also use liquid B12. My favorite brand is Nature’s Bounty and you can get it at Walgreens. It is a higher dose of B12 than the CVS brand and I couldn’t find it at my CVS. I also feel better when I do my Juice Plus shakes. They are full of nutrition and taste great. I mainly use them as a snack replacement. I am bad about snacking.

      I think part of my sleep issues stem from the fact that I drink too much caffeine. I am trying to back off of that and add more water. It is hard because I do love my caffeine. But even when I don’t have much caffeine my mind is hard to turn off. I think that is related to the stress levels in my life. I am hoping to start walking more to see if it relieves any of my stress. I can’t change the situation that causes the stress right now but maybe I can relieve the stress in some way in order to manage it better.

      Please look around and see if you like any of the recipes or anything. I am glad to hear from someone out there in CyberLand!

  2. Amy
    Thanks for your research. Could you tell me about what sort of bloodwork do I ask for


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