How many of you have a doctor who has suggested taking a multivitamin? I do. Do you know what these vitamins and minerals do for you? Have you ever taken the time to ask yourself why they’re so special that they’re in every pharmacy? Many of these vitamins and minerals are needed by the body in trace amounts for general good health. Vitamin B6, for example, works with the proteins in your body, helps make hemoglobin, and is needed for the immune system to function properly.

Another question: How many of you are taking a multivitamin? While many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in different foods, especially fruits and vegetables (broccoli, carrots, apples, grapes, etc.), do you really know that you’re getting enough? The daily recommended values are actually the minimum needed to prevent a deficiency, so, as long as you just take what the bottle recommends, you shouldn’t have any problems.

Most, if not all, of us have access to these vitamins and minerals. We should be thankful that God has provided, in excess, for us to live comfortable and healthy lives. To find out more about multivitamins, visit the Office of Dietary Supplements.

Remember, it is up to you to take advantage of the bountiful material possessions that God has provided for us. And make sure that you never forget Who gave them to you.

Pantothenic Acid Stress, Mood
Vitamin A Immune health, skin health, Eye health
Vitamin B6 Healthy homocysteine levels, menstruation/menstrual cycles

Above are some vitamins and minerals that I thought might interest some of you. Pantothenic acid can help with stress (Who doesn’t need help with stress?), vitamin A helps with skin health (acne!), and vitamin B6 can help with your menstrual cycle (cramps, bloating, etc.). Try looking up some others to see what they can do for your health. REMEMBER: talk to your doctor first before taking anything, and don’t go overboard. While rare, overdoses can happen.

Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Food of the Month: Squash

While this food may not be the most exciting food in the world, it is very healthy for you to eat. Zucchini is part of the squash family.  Zucchini squashes are very low in calories. There are only 13 calories in a half-cup of raw zucchini. Nutritionally, zucchinis are rich in valuable antioxidants. They also contain beta-carotene, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. Zucchini squash is also a good source of fiber (4 grams per cup). An adult should get about 30 grams of fiber per day in their diet. Also, one cup of zucchini has nearly as much potassium as a banana (remember them from September?). Plus it contains the valuable mineral nutrient phosphorus.  Other types of squash include Acorn Squash, Ambercup Squash, Australian Blue Squash or Queensland Blue Winter Squash, Kabocha Squash, Lumina, Orange Hokkaido Squash, and Orangetti Squash or Vegetable Spaghetti. I like the Orangetti Squash. You poke holes in it and set it in the microwave for about five minutes, then cut it open. Place it in for five more minutes and you have your spaghetti noodles. Just use a fork or knife and scrape the squash out. As you can see, there is a lot of variety, so pick one up and see if you like it. You never know until you try.

By Megan Skinner

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