Pilates Bar Exercises
VITAMIN B1 FOR PILATES
6. NERVOUS SYSTEM
Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin and required daily for the health of the nervous system The body can only store limited amounts and during conditions of stress, physical exercise and depression, increased intake of B1 is essential. The nervous system requires B1 for the development of the myelin sheaths; these are a fat layer covering nerve endings.
A deficiency of B1 can result in damage to the nerve endings. In addition, B1 is essential for the production of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, to activate muscle action, and a deficiency may lead to sciatica, muscle cramps, poor co-ordination, tiredness, lack of concentration and learning abilities.
Alcohol depletes the reserves of this vitamin and excess alcohol can increase the need for B1 from 10 to 100 times.
2. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
The process of digestion is dependent on B1; it is required for the conversion of glucose into energy and for the production of hydrochloric acid for protein digestion. The substance allicin in garlic and onions increases the absorption of thiamine.
A deficiency of B1 can lead to loss of appetite, anorexia, plus accumulations of fat in the arteries, constipation and stomach ulcers.
Vitamin B1 is vital for children’s growth as it helps increase their appetite and absorption of nutrients from foods. It is essential to increase the intake of vitamin B1 during pregnancy and lactation and it is vital for adult fertility.
Thiamine increases oxygen absorption within blood, which promotes mental functions and physical activity. Intake of caffeine, antibiotics and the contraceptive pill deplete vitamin B1, as they act as diuretics and remove water-soluble vitamins.