By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Scarlett Eriksen
The food we eat plays a huge part in how we feel in our everyday lives. If you feel like something just isn’t right and you feel ‘off,’ then you may well have a vitamin deficiency. You think of getting your vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, but does really happen? In the world today everyone is so busy running here and there that many times a nutritious meal is a hard thing to come by. Some of our star players in the nutrition world are kale, spinach, and broccoli.
Did you know kale is among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet? Kale has vitamins A, K, C, and B6 just to name a few. Kale is also high in antioxidants which help counteract oxidative damage by free radicals in the body. Oxidative damage is believed to be among the leading drivers of aging and many diseases, including cancer. These statements are pretty powerful, right? This helps reiterate the importance of knowing if you have a vitamin deficiency and if the foods you are eating are really providing you with enough vitamins and minerals.
Let’s take spinach; this dark leafy green is known for it’s importance for your skin, hair, and bone health. Spinach helps with cancer and asthma prevention, diabetes management, bone health, and even promotes regularity. Spinach also provides needed protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals. You can see how not having this leafy green in your diet could cause a vitamin deficiency.
Our final veggie of the day is broccoli. In the vitamin category, among all 100 of our Whole Foods, broccoli represents our 3rd best source of vitamin C, 10th best source of vitamin E, and 16th best source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). Broccoli also serves as our top source of chromium, an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of selenium and zinc.
Many people have a vitamin deficiency and are not aware of it. Here at Nutritionally Yours, we use an intracellular test that can identify your vitamin deficiencies, so you know exactly which foods to increase and which supplements you may need to take to support better health and wellness. educate people on learning about their vitamin deficiencies.
Call for an appointment today to discuss your diet, nutrition plan and to get tested for vitamin deficiency!
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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.
BioMed Research International, Volume 2014, Article ID 761264, 19 pages