Food for thought: Completely change the way you view food and nutrition  
It can be quite challenging to take note of every single thing we need to eat to find the so-called balance in a balanced diet. Photo by Martin Cathrae

YOU make time for exercise after a busy day at work. That’s great! You watch your food intake, and make sure you don’t eat too much. That’s awesome, it really is. But make sure you don’t forget about your nutrition.

Nutrition is important for us, after all. Why so? Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and your well-being. Nutritious food provides your body with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals it needs for it to grow and function properly.

However, it can be quite challenging to take note of every single nutrient we need to eat to strike the so-called balance in a balanced diet. We need a wide variety of different food to provide the right amount of nutrients for good health.

You’d almost literally have to eat a rainbow.

Red and orange foods such as carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, watermelons, and so on, are rich in Vitamin A. These food aid in white blood cell production, promote bone growth, and helps regulate cell division. They are also rich in lycopene, which is a carotenoid that is good for one’s heart.

Yellow foods are rich in fat. But not all fat is bad. Olive oil, butter, margarine, cheese, taken in moderation, are important food types for skin health and the regulation of cholesterol. Fat is also needed for transport and absorption of essential vitamins such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Green, leafy vegetables like broccoli, lettuce, spinach, etc. are rich in Vitamins A, E, and C. These vitamins contribute to healthy skin, immunity, and overall health.

Lastly, blue and purple foods such as berries, cherries, grapes, red wine, and some teas, are good sources of flavonoids beneficial to one’s brain function and blood flow.

And these don’t include protein and calcium-rich food yet. Here you’ll have milk, and meat, and cheese, and fish, and so on.

Whew! That’s a lot of food you’d have to take note of and eat in a day. And quite frankly, most of us just can’t possibly eat that much. In fact, 70 percent of Filipino adults don’t get the right amount of vitamins and minerals they need for the day, leaving nutritional gaps.

This is why you have to take a multivitamin packed with the right amount of nutrients to help fill in those gaps. But make sure it’s not just any multivitamin; it has to be complete.


Centrum not only fills in those nutritional gaps, it also helps give the body energy, strengthens the immune system and promotes healthy skin.

Help complete your nutrition by taking Centrum every day and #BeComplete from A to Zinc for only P10 SRP daily!

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