That Sweatin’ to the Oldies, fluorescent headband, 80’s food pyramid of low-fat, high grain, no protein diet was gross. Really gross. But aside from being gross, it resulted in deficiencies of fat soluble vitamins that caused a whole host of problems ranging from offensive, divorce-worthy, odoriferous farts to much more serious conditions. Why?
We know you’ve heard the words “fat-soluble,” but WTF does fat-soluble mean?
Fat-soluble nutrients are those nutrients that hang out in fat cells and cannot be absorbed without the presence of dietary fat. Vitamins A,D,E, and K fall into this category and are some of the most critical vitamins for proper bodily function, but also in the regulation of the use of a host of other vitamins and systems.
Vitamin A which, if you’re paying attention to us, ought to be in Retinol form coming from meat and organs, is responsible for growth, maturation, and reproductive health. It supports optimal bone density and health. It is largely responsible for the health of your skin, which is your largest endocrine organ. An animal based diet has helped a couple members of The Fittest Team eliminate eczema. Vitamin A protects your eyes from age-related degeneration. In fact, after a few years of an animal based diet, one member of The Fittest Team no longer need corrective eyewear. It also aids in immunity and relieves symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
Vitamin D is essential for the growth and development of hair, skin, nails, teeth, and bones. It regulates calcium and phosphorus absorption, and is the most important vitamin for general immune system function. In fact, the severity of certain viruses is directly impacted by the presence of optimal amounts of vitamin D.
Vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties, is critically important for eye health, reproduction, and blood, brain, and skin health.
Vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting, regulates bone density, and prevents bone loss.
On top of all that, having proper amounts of these vitamins is critical to your sleep cycle and quality, which is where hormone production is turned up to 11.