By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Donna Manrique
Medications are prescribed to help induce healing or to aid with a serious medical condition. Now, this is a very good time just to remind you of ways to prevent needing medication in the first place. Sometimes medication is needed, we understand that, but try to do everything naturally that you can first and use medication only when all else seems to fail.
Your body was created wonderfully and it can self heal, given the right tools. It can achieve optimum functioning with:
Proper diet with the right balance of vitamins and minerals
Good Quality Sleep
Keeping stress levels down
But, now and then Mother Nature needs a little help and support. Medications that are prescribed to help us can also have some not so widely known side effects. Before and when taking ANY medication, be sure you know how it may impact your health and well being.
HOW CAN MEDICATIONS AFFECT NUTRIENT LEVELS?
Medications can deplete your body of vital nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants)
Medications can impact your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
Diuretics deplete magnesium, potassium, and calcium
Antidepressants and stimulants deplete your body of magnesium
Antibiotics (prolonged) can cause malabsorption & overgrowth of yeast
Metformin, and proton pump inhibitors (PPI) can inhibit vitamin B12 absorption
Weight loss drugs inhibit fat absorption from food and from vitamins too like CoQ10, A, E and D
The key is to BE AWARE if your body is trying to tell you something. Nutritional testing is a valuable way to learn more about YOU and your health. Our comprehensive options for Vitamin & Mineral testing is a great place to start.
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Medical Disclaimer: Our Test kits and all tests 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. Do not stop any medication without discussing it with your medical doctor.