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Health Tip: Get the Nutrients You Need

Are some essentials missing from your diet?

(HealthDay News) -- Your body needs a variety of nutrients to function properly and stay healthy.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list of essential nutrients and examples of where to find them:

  • Calcium, which is acquired from dairy products and leafy, dark-colored green vegetables.
  • Potassium, acquired from bananas, raisins, spinach, nuts and fish.
  • Fiber, found in legumes, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
  • Magnesium, from peas, black beans, spinach and almonds.
  • Vitamin A, found in milk, eggs, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and carrots.
  • Vitamin C, found in fruits such as strawberries, oranges and kiwi; and veggies such as broccoli and green peppers.
  • Vitamin E, found in seeds and nuts, whole grains, avocados and spinach.
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