Do you know that people with low vitamin and mineral intake gain the most weight? There are 13 vital vitamins, each of which serves a definitive purpose. Vitamin deficiencies can occur if you do not obtain enough of a particular vitamin. Vitamins are materials found in food, or in the case of vitamin D, in sunlight. Their job is to help maintain diverse bodily functions. Vitamin A maintains eye health, vitamin D helps strengthen bones, B vitamins help the body produce protein and vitamin C supports the immune system.
There are two kinds of vitamins. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble vitamins that can be stored in the body’s fatty tissues. Vitamins C and B complex are water-soluble vitamins, and cannot be stored and are used by the body immediately. Any residual water-soluble vitamins are emitted through urine. The only water-soluble vitamin that can be stocked up in the body is vitamin B-12.
Vitamin deficiencies in the appetite center of the brain can stimulate appetite and lead to disobedient cravings. Our brain’s appetite center has receptors that identify if we are lacking key nutrients like iron, vitamin D, or B vitamins. If we are lacking any of these, our appetite center gets turned on and we will eat more. Often, the cravings are extreme, persistent and tempting, especially for high calorie, tasty foods that cause excessive weight gain.
One vitamin, which is directly associated with deficiency and weight gain, is vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency may disturb communication from hormones responsible for sending signals to the brain indicating satiety. It is observed that low levels of this vitamin could cause overeating. Vitamin D and a hormone called leptin work together to control body weight. Leptin is formed in the body’s fat cells and works by sending a signal to the brain to let an individual know they are done and to stop eating.
Vitamin D helps keep leptin and this signal working correctly, but when an individual is vitamin D deficient, the signal gets disturbed and the body no longer knows it is packed. This leads to people overeating. Food can be converted to energy or fat. You can either use it for energy or store what you eat and put on pounds. The chemical reactions that take place in your body determine whether the food will be stored or burned. These are triggered by enzymes, which are, in sequence, dependent upon minerals and vitamins.
Therefore, if you lack even a small quantity of certain vitamins, you will gain weight. Luckily, there are now tests you can undergo and check yourself for vitamin deficiencies. You should go get yourself checked today if you are in doubt. Otherwise, you will start putting on weight!