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What You Need to Know About Nutrient Depletion

Posted by Jon Krouner on Feb 20, 2019 8:02:59 AM

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While it may not be possible to avoid nutrient depletion, you should take into consideration your body’s natural ability to gather and process essential nutrients. A lack of essential vitamins and minerals could be at the root of many health challenges.

 

What is Nutrient Depletion?

If you eat a balanced diet full of whole foods that provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to thrive, you may not be nutrient deficient. However, if you don't consume a variety of fresh foods, or typically eat highly processed foods, you're probably not giving your body everything it needs. Also, even if you are eating a variety of whole foods, if you're not consuming enough calories, you still may not be getting enough nutrients. Additionally, throughout your lifetime you may encounter detrimental changes to how your body processes, absorbs and retains the vitamins and nutrients it needs most. When you don't get enough nutrients, or can't process them effectively, you may experience nutrient depletion.

Common Situations Leading to Depletion

There are a couple of ways nutrient depletion occurs. Even if you eat a balanced and nutrient-rich diet, you may not be able to ingest enough of the vitamin or mineral in question to maintain adequate levels. Certain conditions cause the body to increase the excretion of the nutrient. If you don’t replenish the supply, it could lead to depletion.

Some medical approaches cause metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance, causing the patient to experience blood sugar swings. To regulate big changes in blood sugar levels, the body craves the simple carbohydrates readily found in processed foods and sweets.. The addition of these unhealthy foods into a person’s diet may displace more nutrient dense foods, ultimately contributing to nutrient depletion as well.

 

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Popular Drugs That Impact Nutrient Levels

Not all doctors are aware of the prevalence of nutrient depletion among their patients. Eventually, a lack of specific vitamins and minerals could cause effects that may be mistaken for other health conditions.

People with life-threatening conditions and those who would like to follow their doctor’s recommendations should be aware of how their medical approach could impact essential nutrient levels.


Supplements that Help With Nutrient Depletion

In many cases, a doctor can administer a blood test that can positively identify a nutrient deficiency.

To ensure the body is receiving the nutrients it needs, it’s a good idea to start by supplementing with a high-quality CoQ10. This nutrient helps with heart health and mood balance, so it’s important to check these levels and prioritize this supplement if they are low.*

It's important to take an array of B vitamins as well as vitamin D, which are essential for optimal health. Making sure that Vitamin B and D levels are sufficient, along with omega-3 fatty acids can help counteract nutrient depletion.*

There is a wide range of supplements that patients can take for nutrient depletion, but understanding which nutrients to take is the best place to start for determining a proper supplement regimen.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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