Did you know that according to the American Health Association, 90% of health conditions that exist today are diet related and 70% of meals eaten by North Americans are not nutritionally adequate?
Below are the top five signals sent by your body to inform you that your lack of health, happiness and vitality is the result of nutrient deficiencies: a.k.a., you are malnourished.
#1 – You are chronically fatigued
Fatigue is a huge problem for many of my clients, which keeps them from living life to the fullest. Do you sometimes feel like you want to do so much but are just too tired to do anything? If you’re lacking energy, you might be deficient in: H2O (dehydrated!) vitamins B1, B3, B11, B12, vitamins A, C, D, biotin, iron, potassium, or magnesium.
#2 – You can’t sleep
90% of people who suffer from sleeplessness also suffer from other chronic conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease or high blood pressure. They are also more likely to feel depressed or gain weight. If getting enough zzz’s seems impossible, you could be deficient in: Vitamins B11 and E, calcium, magnesium, and/or zinc.
#3 – You’re suffering from anxiety and depression
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 21 million American adults suffer from a mood disorder every year. A deficiency in the following nutrients may be linked to anxiety and depression: B vitamins, biotin, vitamins C and D, calcium, chromium, selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, and iron.
#4 – You get sick or experience infections often
Nobody wants to be sick all the time, or constantly dealing with infections. A strong immune system can fend off a lot and help you heal. If your body’s defense is constantly letting you down however, it may be calling for: vitamins A, C, D and E, chromium, selenium, magnesium, or zinc.
#5 – Your muscles and joints hurt
Joint pain, muscles spasms, low back pain & neck stiffness are very common unfortunately. These can not only slow you down but impact your mood, your social life and family life. If you cannot keep up with your kids or grand kids or cannot get a good night sleep because you are in pain, you might be deficient in: H2O (dehydration), vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, potassium, omega-3 fats or iron.
What to do if you suspect you might be nutrient deficient?
When I teach children about nutrition, I focus on having them: 1) eat the colors of the rainbow and 2) chew-chew (choo-choo!!!) their food. The same goes for adults. The more colors from fruit & vegetables you eat each day, the more nutrients you ingest. But, if you don’t chew your food (digestion starts in the mouth!), you won’t absorb its minerals, vitamins, etc…, and will become nutrient deficient.
You could also consider getting a simple, cost-effective blood test called the Micronutrient Panel Test. I use it in my practice when I suspect a client has nutrient deficiencies, and once I receive the blood test results, I can have him/her focus on eating more of the foods that contain the specific nutrients he/she might be lacking.