By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
This is question instantly reminds me of the many pharmaceutical commercials that are always promoting a new “miracle pill” that is going to help….but then, in the end, an actor quickly speed reads all the side effects! Gosh-I mean if the choice is between finding another way to deal with a symptom of a specific health challenge or risk having new symptoms brought on by the side effects of medications plus nutrient deficiencies caused by a medication………….hmmm I would have to seriously think this over.
Now don’t get me wrong there are some decent life-saving medications out there that are helping many people. However, what everyone needs to know is that there are drugs that do deplete the body of nutrients it needs for healthy living. So, in knowing which ones do drain your micronutrients, you will be able to replenish your nutrients by using proper nutrition and supplements. We are going to look into three well-known prescriptions.
Synthroid (Levothyroxine) is for treating people who have hypothyroidism. Synthroid depletes the body’s calcium through the urine. Calcium loss can lead to osteoporosis and many other health issues.
Nexium is the drug used to block essential stomach acid due to heartburn. It depletes the body of vitamin B12 and vitamin C, calcium, beta carotene, chromium, iron, zinc, and magnesium.
Statin drugs like Crestor (which is used to treat high cholesterol) depletes the body of coenzyme Q10 and disrupts vitamin K2 and selenium. Q10 is vital to the nervous system. Anyone who is deficient in vitamin D could experience adverse side effects from statins.
These 3 medications DO help people , and I am definitely NOT stating people should stop taking their medications. But it IS important to make sure your body is not loosing specific nutrients which can lead to other health challenges.
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