We have all heard these words – drink more water, it’s good for you! But first of all, what will drinking lots of our good old friend H2O give us and more importantly how much should we drink every day? Is six glasses enough? Eight? What will happen if I will drink less? Will it help clear my skin? Well my ladies, read on to find out!
New Year is the perfect time to make resolutions and try to stick to them – with better or worse results! It’s the time of the year when we start to think about what we want to change in our lives and how to go about it. I compiled a list of beauty and health resolutions that I would like to incorporate into my life this year. Maybe some of these will inspire you!
Vitamin K is a group of fat soluble vitamins. We can distinguish three types – K1 and K2 which are natural and a synthetic form K3. The vitamin is mostly known for helping us absorb calcium for strong bones and ensuring proper blood coagulation. Synthetic K3 also known as menadione can be toxic for humans and damage cells (especially in kidneys and liver) in larger doses. K1 is found in plants (especially leafy greens) and can be converted to K2 by bacterias that reside in our gut. So it’s best to get our vitamins from natural sources.
Vitamin D, also known as “sunshine vitamin” is a group of fat-soluble compounds. The most important ones for human bodies are vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. D2 naturally is present in plants, while D3 is synthesized by our organisms when we are exposed to sun rays. Actually, vitamin D should be seen more as a hormone than a vitamin. It is synthesized in our skin, but it is actually activated in a different place in our bodies – liver and kidneys.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and the main antioxidant present in our bodies. It is a group of compounds that include tocopherols and tocotrienols. It’s probably best known for its free radical fighting properties. We can get this vitamin from natural sources (in which case it works much better), but it is also possible to synthesize it.