How-To Guide for a Healthier Body

You know you need vitamins for good health, but which ones and how much?

By Denise Mann
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

In a classic I Love Lucy, Lucy lands the plum role of "Vitameatavegamin girl" and attempts to hawk a tonic with healthy amounts of vitamins, meat, vegetables, minerals (and ample alcohol) all wrapped up in one power drink.

During rehearsal, Lucy drinks, and drinks, the vile tasting liquid. But by the end of the shoot and due to the high alcoholic content, Lucy begins to get drunk, slur her lines, and even begins to enjoy the taste.

For better or for worse, there is no such thing as Vitameatavegamin, but multiple vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other supplements are readily available in tonic, pill, and many other forms.

But what do you really need to be healthier? And how much do you need? And how can you make sure that you are getting it? For starters, WebMD compiled an expert-approved list of the top five healthiest nutrients and how to get them.

Boning Up on Calcium

Hands down, calcium (which comes from foods including low-fat dairy products and supplements) is essential for a healthy body, says Molly Kimball, RD, a nutritionist at the Ochsner Clinic's Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans. The daily goal typically ranges from about 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams (mg) a day.