|Essential Nutrients Your Body Needs|
Deficiencies and Getting Back What Your Body Lacks
Infographic from Riverside Community Hospital
Holistic health experts warn that many of us are actually deficient in important essential nutrients, e.g., vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, in spite of eating relatively large quantities of food.
The most common nutrient deficiencies in the U.S. adult population include:
❗️ Vitamin A
❗️ Vitamin B6
❗️ Vitamin D
❗️ Vitamin C
❗️ Vitamin E
❗️ Vitamin K2
❗️ Omega-3 Fatty Acids
For more information on vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the U.S., please visit How Much is Too Much? : Appendix B: Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies in the U.S. - EWG.
Factors Contributing to Nutrient Deficiency
Even healthy food such as fruits and vegetables often lack nutrient density because they are commercially grown in mineral depleted soil. It is said that the produce we are eating today is not the same nutrient dense produce that our grandparents ate.
Other factors that are thought to be contribute to nutrient deficiencies include:
🔹 Age and gender
🔹 Digestive issues
🔹 Other medical/health issues
🔹 Certain medications
🔹 Overconsumption of processed and packaged foods
Age and digestive issues, for example, can adversely affect your body's ability to absorb nutrients.
Certain prescription and OTC medications, like proton pump inhibitors, antibiotics, diuretics and statins can interfere with absorption of certain nutrients and cause nutrient depletions.
For more information on drug-nutrient interactions please see Common Drug Classes, Drug Nutrient Depletions & Drug-Nutrient Interactions - Parmavite LLC.
Correcting Nutrient Deficiencies
Holistic health professionals generally advise correcting nutritional deficiencies by eating a healthy balanced diet and utilizing nutritional supplements if and when necessary.
This infographic from Riverside Community Hospital how omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, B6, C, D and E benefit the body, in which foods each is found and signs of deficiency. To read more, please visit Essential Nutrients: Getting Back What Your Body Lacks - Riverside Community Hospital.
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