Could you be deficient in some Vitamin’s?
With our fast paced lifestyles and our increased eating of processed foods and fast foods there is a real threat of sub-clinical vitamin deficiency. When our bodies are depleted of proper nutritional foods this can have a drastic impact on both our physical bodies and our mental health.
Being deficient in vitamin D, more than five of the B vitamins, and even calcium can impact our mood or even lead to depression. Additionally, having a diet extremely poor in essential vitamins and minerals can impact our health, if not instantly than defiantly in the future.
Add stress to this mix and we can worsen the effects of vitamin deficiencies. When our body is experiencing prolonged stress, work, children, or school, it continues releasing adrenaline and cortisol hormones into your bloodstream to combat the stress.
Under influence of prolonged stressors, our heart rate increases, along with our blood pressure, and it can even elevate your triglycerides. While one stressful day may not impact us, when it is prolonged, it may even lead to Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. AFS
In this stressful environment, it is important to eat a diet bursting with vitamins and mineral from whole foods which not only boosts your mood. It gives us vitality and stamina and decreases your risk of countless health conditions down the line. It will help us be healthier and happier on a day to day basis.
People with AFS find themselves feeling weak and fatigue often, finding it difficult to get out of bed or complete everyday jobs, getting headaches, getting more colds and the flu, feeling a lowered libido, unexplained hair loss, trouble sleeping.
Due to the excessive stress, our metabolic system, hormonal system, reproductive system, digestive system, and other bodily systems are not properly functioning. When our digestive system slows down during stress, we are not able to properly digest our food, and thus our body is not suitably processing vitamins and nutrients.
Over time, this could lead to vitamin deficiencies, low energy, hair loss, mood swings, and a weakened immune system. When we eat processed food, excessive sugar, alcohol, coffee, and other junk food can lead to aggravating these conditions.
On the other hand, fuelling our body with whole foods, healthy fats, nuts and seeds, beans, good-quality proteins, vitamins, and minerals is essential for our well being
Having severe deficiencies in our modern lifestyle is rare, such as scurvy. But sub-clinical vitamin deficiencies, before the deficiency is severe, can reduce optimal body function.
Vitamin D deficiency is widespread. If children become critically undersupplied, they can develop a condition that leads to soft and weak bones, this is known as rickets.
Vitamin D can improve symptoms of depression, boost our mood, and improve hormonal synthesis in our body. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure, and even obesity. Moreover, vitamin D works with calcium to ensure we build strong and healthy bones, and it assists us in regulating our immune system. Vitamin D is stored in our body when we are exposed to the sun and can be found in foods such as whole milk and other dairy products. Vitamin D can also be taken in the form of a good quality supplement, as it has incredible anticancer effects.
Vitamin E is another vital nutrient that helps provide our body with plenty of energy. It functions as an antioxidant that helps your body make red blood cells, prevent damage from free radicals. We can get vitamin E from nuts, eggs, wheat germ, sweet potatoes, avocados, nuts, sunflower seeds, liver, yams, asparagus, extra virgin olive oil and some other cold-pressed oils.
Getting adequate chromium is important for the hormone insulin to regulate our blood sugar levels, which directly impacts our energy levels. While it’s rare to be deficient in chromium, it can lead to increased blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Cheese, lean meats, some spices, and whole grains are excellent sources of chromium.
Iodine, another essential mineral, aids in regulating our thyroid hormones, and not enough of it in our system leads to fatigue, enlarged thyroid glands, and weight gain. Eating sesame seeds, garlic, lima beans, fish, and kelp for a sufficient iodine intake, and more energy.
A deficiency in Vitamin C means our body has a weaker immune system. Vitamin C, an antioxidant, strengthens our blood vessels, skin health, cartilage, and helps prevent damage from free radicals while repairing and assisting the growth of new tissues. Some forward-looking scientists even argue a coronary artery disease is a sub-clinical form of vitamin C deficiency. Strawberries, citrus fruit, mango, grapefruit, tomatoes, papaya, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupe, kiwi, cranberries, leafy green vegetables, and broccoli are all good sources of Vitamin C.
Deficiencies in the B vitamins, like vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), can lead to memory loss in the long-run. A deficiency in vitamin B9 (folate) leads to forgetfulness, mental sluggishness, depression, and improper function of red blood cells. Eating foods such as dark leafy greens, beans, liver, orange juice, avocados, salmon, beetroot, asparagus.
Vitamin B12 is just as critical in strengthening our cognitive health and boosting our mood. Vitamin B12 also helps with a healthy nerve cell maintenance, produces DNA and RNA, and works with vitamin B9 to affect our immunity and mood. vitamin B12 is found in fish, shellfish, good-quality beef, dairy products, eggs, and organic meats such as liver.
Calcium is an essential mineral to ensure our body builds and maintains strong bones, teeth, and aids in the function of our heart, muscles, and nervous system. Being deficient in calcium could lead to osteoporosis, depression, confusion, memory loss, brittle nails, tingling or numbness in our hands, feet, and face, or muscle cramps and spasms. Dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, kelp, milk, nuts, cheese, yogurt, sardines, or oysters are sources of calcium.
Here at Mandurah Health Supply we have above mentioned in supplement form if you feel your diet is lacking.
If you want more information come in and chat to me
Sharon Badger, Naturopath- for Mandurah Health Supply.
(Sharon will be in store Monday all day , Saturday mornings and our discount day.)