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Vitamins and Minerals for Athletes

Vitamins and minerals are vital for keeping our bodies healthy and functioning well. A lack of vitamins and minerals will impair athletic performance. Refer to this table for examples of key vitamins and minerals for an athlete’s diet, and some food sources: Vitamin Purpose Good Sources Thiamine (Vitamin B1) Helps […]

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Understanding Vegan Diets

Vegans eat only plant foods, and these include fruits, vegetables, legumes (dried beans, peas, and lentils), grains, seeds and nuts.  People who follow a vegan diet do not eat any animal products or animal bi-products, including eggs, dairy products and meat.  It is important for people who follow a vegan […]

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Iron Intake and Pregnancy

Iron is an important mineral that is needed by red blood cells to carry oxygen to organs and tissues. During pregnancy, your blood volume increases and you need more iron. The recommendation for iron during pregnancy is 27 mg/day. This is high enough that a supplement may be necessary, in […]