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  • Explore Your Body - Microbe Magic
    your body They just hang around until your body needs them but for different lengths of time so you still need to replace them just not too often Vitamins A D E K are the fat soluble vitamins The water soluble vitamins are different they aren t stored in your body they go to your bloodstream and get excreted if they are not used You have to replace these vitamins every day to make sure your body has enough all of the time These vitamins are the B group vitamins B1 thiamin B2 riboflavin B6 B12 niacin Folic acid biotin pantothenic acid and Vitamin C Have a look at the table below Table 1 to see what vitamins you need and where you can find them Table 1 VITAMIN WHAT IT DOES WHERE YOU FIND IT A black beans black eyed peas chickpeas garbanzo beans falafel kidney beans lentils lima beans mature navy beans pinto beans soy beans split peas tofu bean curd made from soy beans white beans bean burgers garden burgers veggie burgers tempeh texturized vegetable protein TVP Apricots Carrots Dairy products like milk Eggs Nectarines Spinach B1 B2 B6 B12 Niacin Folic acid Biotin Pantothenic acid B vitamins help your body to burn up fat from the food you eat or the fat that is stored in your body they help your body to use the food you eat to give you energy B vitamins also help to make red blood cells that carry oxygen to all the different clls in your body they really are very important in keeping you healthy Beans Chicken and other meats Dairy products like milk cheese and yoghurt Eggs Fish and seafood Green leafy vegetables Peas Some citrus fruits like oranges Whole grains like wheat and oats C Helps to heal

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  • Explore Your Body - Microbe Magic
    also need minerals to make sure your body stays healthy when you are grown Minerals help your body to build strong bones and teeth and allow messages to travel to and from your brain to the rest of your body Some minerals even help to make hormones chemical messengers in your body and other keep your heart beat at the right rate There are two different types of minerals Macrominerals and traceminerals The difference between these is quite easy to remember macro is a Greek word that means large so you need a larger amount of these Trace just means small so you need a smaller amount of these The macrominerals are calcium cholride magnesium phosphorus potassium sodium and sulfur The trace minerals are cobalt copper fluoride iron manganese selenium and zinc Table 1 will tell you what food you need to eat to get these minerals Table 1 MINERAL WHAT IT DOES WHERE YOU FIND IT Calcium Keeps your bones and teeth strong and healthy Dairy products like milk cheese and yoghurt Green leafy vegetables Tins of salmon with the bones Copper Helps your body to use iron properly Fish Green leafy vegetables Iron Transports oxygen in your red

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  • Explore Your Body - Microbe Magic
    in your body Everybody needs different amounts of water Some people exercise more than others so they need more as their bodies loose a lot of water when they sweat If you move to a warmer room or during the summer you also sweat more so your body will need more water A general rule is that you should have 6 8 glasses of water every day but you should also drink more in hot weather if you are exercising and always when you are thirsty When you don t have enough water in your body you are dehydrated This means that everything from your speed as you walk to your thoughts slows right down as everything needs water to work at its best You can get headaches and feel very tired and unable to concentrate or make decisions You body can tell you that you are dehydrated by holding on to water when it needs it to make everything work properly This means that you have less water in your wee or sweat If your wee is a much darker colour than it normally is you could be dehydrated ask an adult for help You can increase the levels of water in your body easily by just taking a drink or two of water If you have too much water in your body your wee will look very light yellow in colour as your body will just get rid of what it doesn t need If someone is dehydrated very often they can have problems like constipation or kidney stones which are very painful People who get severely dehydrated become very sick and in some cases can even die Your body gets water from the food you eat and the liquids you drink Fruit and vegetables have a lot

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