By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Annah Gillette
Millions of Americans are working towards a nutrient deficiency every day. Roughly 20 million Americans take an aspirin tablet daily, depleting folic acid, vitamin C, and iron. An estimated 19 million take heartburn remedies (histamine blockers) that interfere with vitamin B12 absorption. Another 12 million people take statin cholesterol-lowering drugs that deplete the body of coenzyme q10. 14 million Americans are heavy drinkers of alcohol, and nearly all will develop shortages of vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B6, and magnesium. 17 million American women take oral contraceptives that promote deficiencies of vitamin B6, folic acid, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and increase the need for magnesium and vitamin C. And finally 48 million Americans smoke tobacco that depletes the body of 25 milligrams of vitamin C per cigarette and depletes the body of carotenoids like lutein. Makers of these drugs or products don’t have to disclose their products cause nutritional deficiencies.
Your body signals if your lifestyle and diet are not balanced, and it is not getting the nutrition it needs for optimal functioning. Have you ever felt any of these symptoms: Tiredness, chronic fatigue, exhaustion, nervousness, irritability, joint pain, sleepiness, headache, weakened immune system, weight gain, hair loss, weakness or fast heartbeat? When your metabolism is not getting sufficient quantities of quality vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients, it shows! On your skin, in your hair, in your mood and behavior, in your muscles, and in many other ways.
There are two ways to check for nutrient deficiency testing. One way is to use a traditional lab to run all of the vitamin levels. The problem is that this may not be accurate, Static serum levels are not always representative indicators for assessing cell metabolism and utilization. The other option is to use a lab like the one we use that runs intracellular blood testing to show all of your nutrient deficiencies. This test measures the biochemical function of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants, providing a powerful clinical assessment tool for you.
If you do have any nutritional deficiencies, we may make recommendations for a supplementation plan. After you have followed the plan for the recommended time, which will vary by nutrient, you can retake the test. That way you’ll know you’re neither getting too much or too little of any nutrient, but just the right amount.
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Medical disclaimer: Nutritionally Yours is not a medical clinic. Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. We have a nutritionist, naturopath and a medical doctor on staff to help you feel your best.