Vitamins are often classified into two groups: water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins. Although the name gives a bit of an idea of the type of vitamin, much of the underlying information remains relatively unknown.
In this article, we, therefore, look at what these vitamins (which are water-soluble) contain, what they do in your body and how you deal with them.
What are water-soluble vitamins?
When you take in water-soluble vitamins, it means that they will not be stored in your body for long.
Your body absorbs these vitamins until it reaches their natural limit. You then pee out any excess. You must therefore get enough of these vitamins through your diet to prevent a deficiency.
There appear to be 9 water-soluble vitamins, namely:
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B8
- Vitamin B11
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
Because you pass out these water-soluble vitamins when you ingest too much, there are few risks associated with overconsumption of these vitamins.
Nevertheless, it is important never to exceed the recommended daily amount, because an excess can temporarily result in annoying complaints. Think of cramping, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
What do water-soluble vitamins do in your body?
Water-soluble vitamins also enter the bloodstream directly, where they can do their job.
Water-soluble vitamins often fulfill an important function in the blood, skin, or organs. It should be clear that you should get enough of these vitamins every day.
How do you deal with it?
The advantage of these vitamins is that they are easily absorbed and excreted. The only thing you have to pay attention to is that you consume enough foods that contain these vitamins.
What is also useful to note is that – when you cook vegetables – you do not do this for too long. Vitamin C, in particular, will quickly evaporate as a water-soluble vitamin when it comes into contact with boiling water. Even when you make a smoothie, it is advisable to drink it immediately instead of storing it for a long time.
If you feel that you are not getting enough vitamins, you can consider buying vitamin supplements. That way you provide your body with extra nutrients. Make sure you stick to the recommended daily dose. When taking medication, it is also important to discuss with your doctor beforehand whether you can take these supplements.