Find out the common Nutritional deficiencies that most people are unaware of...
Common Nutritional Deficiencies
Nutritional deficiencies have become more frequent and well-known over the past few decades. Unfortunately the processing methods manufactures use to make the foods we eat, have gradually had a detrimental effect resulting in a drastic reduction of nourishment. Soil has seen a steady decrease in depletion due to the intensive agricultural methods now being used, such as heavy amounts of pesticides and fertilisers to ultimately speed up the plant growth through creating hyper fertility. Farmers began getting decreased yields so using these chemicals made perfect sense to increase overall growth, after all, business is business and a well-nourished carrot isn’t going to pay the mortgage. Unfortunately, if something is too good to be true it most likely is. These chemical fertilizers currently used have prevented our plants from absorbing an adequate amount of trace minerals from the soil. Trace minerals are elements that occur in very small amounts in organisms that are essential for many biochemical processes such as maintaining a normal metabolism. It’s very possible that many diseases are entirely preventable just through using a comprehensive mineral supplement.
Below I will take you through some of the more well-known deficiencies that most people will most likely not have heard of or ever considered correcting. Take into consideration this is only a handful, and the symptoms and illnesses some of the below can cause are abundant. All of these are very crucial for a large amount of bodily functions.
We will begin with Iodine. Iodine is responsible for hundreds of biochemical reactions but most significantly Thyroid hormones. This deficiency has become more well-known across Europe recently and can result in problems such as weight gain, loss of libido and infertility; and that’s just to name a few. As I stated above soil quality isn’t anywhere near the quality it once was and this has resulted in small amount of iodine in our foods. Also during the process of heating sea water to produce sea salt the iodine is mostly lost, and table salt is inadequate because of its minimal dose. Ocean fish and seafood are great sources of iodine; although be careful how you cook it, grilling seems to be the most effective way of maintaining this mineral. The RDA for iodine is 150 micrograms.
Let’s talk about Selenium. This mineral acts a converter of the thyroid hormone T4 into active T3. Deficiencies symptoms can be tiredness and fatigue or low immunity but that’s only to name a few. Unfortunately if you’re a celiac, the rate of absorption is normally much lower because of how the inflammation can effects the small intestine. Good sources of selenium include – Brazil nuts, lamb, egg yolks and wild salmon.
low intake of magnesium can cause an unnerving amount of chronic illnesses. This mineral is responsible for activating over 100 enzymes. This is a very common deficiency and is very difficult to determine through any kind of blood work because it is stored in bone and tissue throughout the body. Not many people eat enough leafy greens or magnesium enriched mineral water. You should try and get a minimum of 400mg through eating more - nuts, dark chocolate and even espressos. One of the richest sources has to be seaweed with a huge 770mg per 100g serving. Magnesium glycinate is the chelated supplement form of magnesium with a high bio availability and absorption.
Next let’s talk about vitamin K2. This is probably one of the more unheard of minerals. Inadequate amounts of these minerals can be the cause of tartar build up and osteoporosis. Graze fed cows have the ability to convert the K1 in grass to K2. For this reason grass fed butter such as Kerry Gold and raw milk are great sources. Also egg yolks and liver are also enriched in vitamin K2. 1mg should be suffice for most people.
Finally there’s Vitamin B12. This is one of the most common and can result in symptoms such as – lethargy, unwanted weight loss, depression, anxiety and many, many more. Most people don’t actually absorb enough regardless of the amount they consume through their diet, this is because of the complicated prolonged process of extracting it from food. Animal’s liver is a fantastic source of B12 as well as fresh fish and poultry. Remember also, calcium is essential for B12 absorption.
I hope the following article has opened your eyes to the potential vitamin deficiencies you may have and has inspired you to go and research the others for yourself and more on the ones above.
Personalhealthfacts.com, (2015). The Importance of Trace Minerals to the Human Body. [online] Available at: http://www.personalhealthfacts.com/minerals2.html [Accessed 18 Jan. 2015].
By Owain Johns
On behalf of Bodybuilding Warehouse