Uncovering Nutrient Deficiencies: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!
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March 3, 2023
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Insomnia. Brain fog. Pale skin. Obesity. Hair loss. Muscle Weakness.
You may be suffering from these nutrient deficiencies and symptoms that could be avoided with the proper nutrients.
Let’s start with one of the most significant nutrient deficiencies I see in women in my office.
#1 Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms:
Poor bone health
and Poor wound healing
Vitamin D is difficult to get from food alone. The best sources include the flesh of fatty fish and fish liver oils. Smaller amounts are found in egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver. Many foods are fortified with vitamin D, but it is not enough and is the wrong kind of D. For example, D2 is the type of vitamin D fortified in foods like cereals, but it is actually D3 that we need. Plenty of studies prove that D3 raises the blood level of vitamin D better than D2.
#2 Calcium Nutrient Deficiencies include an increased risk of:
and Thyroid Imbalances
I see a lot of women around age 50-60 in my clinic with sudden hypothyroid symptoms, including weight gain. When I check their thyroid levels in blood tests, they are fine, but their PTH or parathyroid hormone levels are low. If PTH is low, they have hypothyroid symptoms, and the underlying cause of hypo parathyroid is usually low calcium levels. Calcium-rich foods include dairy products, kale, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, dried figs, tofu, beans, and lentils. Calcium deficiency is a concern for older adults and younger ones too.
Now let’s talk about B12 deficiencies. B12 is vital to good health as it helps carry oxygen through the body via the red blood cells. Not having enough oxygen or b12 can make you feel tired and pretty dizzy …….other deficiency symptoms are
Pale looking skin
and Numbness or tingling in the body
Some food sources of b12 are animal meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, and many kinds of cereal are fortified with b12.
I knew an older lady that would often get dizzy and fall, and her last fall was down the stairs of her house. One would think that the weakness was caused by iron deficiency, but every time her iron levels were tested, they returned normal. She then came to me, and we ran a comprehensive vitamin deficiency test, and her b12 was very low. So, pernicious anemia should have been checked instead of checking for iron anemia, which has to do with b12 anemia. She was given a B12 supplement and a B complex, and things improved.
Now let’s move on to the next nutrient deficiency: folate (folic acid).
Along with b12, folate or B9 is vital to prevent anemia. Two symptoms I see almost daily of female folate deficiency are heart disease and depression. These have to do with methylation or what is called cellular detox. When I often speak to a woman who feels blue, we increase her folate levels, improving her mood. Folate is known for being good for pregnant women but also beneficial for all women.
Some food sources of folate are spinach, eggs, beets, beef liver, beans, sunflower seeds, and any dark green leafy vegetable and citrus fruit.
Now, if you’re a regular to my channel, you won’t be surprised about this next nutrient: the mineral zinc.
I often see all sorts of skin conditions with zinc deficiency, like acne, eczema, psoriasis, bruising easily, rashes, and poor healing. It is interesting that several of the top skincare products for troubled skin have zinc because zinc is very healing to the skin. If I eat something that causes my skin to act up—dairy does that for me—I take extra zinc for a few days.
Zinc also helps metabolize protein, carbs, and fat, and it helps improve energy and your immune system. I take extra zinc daily during cold and flu season to protect myself. Zinc is the “look good, feel good” mineral!
If you are concerned about your nutrient deficiencies and want to run a blood test to learn exactly which vitamins your body needs, here is a link to my favorite micronutrient test. Unlike any other, it looks at the intracellular level of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, and more.
Check it out – even if you eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes and bell peppers, and leafy greens, you still could have nutrient deficiencies. Don’t let that happen to you.
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Hey! I’m Alane Stieglitz-Wincek. I grew up on sugar and plenty of junk food and had no clue how my diet effected my health.
I changed my life and have worked as a holistic nutritionist and naturopath, for over the last 30 years. I help people get healthy, fit and lean, find hormone happiness and recover from all sorts health challenges.
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