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Nutrient deficiency

Nutrient deficiency

Let’s talk nutrient deficiency!

Nutrient deficiency happens when our bodies don’t absorb sufficient nutrients or when we don’t eat enough of the right foods that contain certain nutritional values. When your nutrition is imbalanced in this way, we may end up with health issues like fatigue, digestive problems, skin conditions and even dementia. It’s like we’re not putting or putting the wrong fuel into our car.
Three of the most common symptoms of nutrient deficiency includes:

Iron Deficiency

• Responsible among other tasks to carry oxygen to your cells.
• Side Note: There are 2 types of iron Heme (Well absorbed but only found in animal foods like red meats) and Non-heme (Found in both plant based and animal foods but not so easily absorbed).
• Symptoms usually include fatigue, weakness, compromised immune system and lack of memory and concentration.
• Beans, seeds and dark leafy greens contain high amounts of Iron to boost your levels.
• It is not recommended to supplement with iron unless it is necessary.

Iodine Deficiency

• Responsible for thyroid balance. Thyroid hormones are in turn linked to growth, brain development, metabolic rate and bone maintenance.
• Side Note: Iodine is found mostly in soil and ocean water, so low iodine soil = low iodine food.
• Symptoms include shortness of breath, increased heartrate, compromised brain function and weight gain.
• Seaweed, fish, yoghurt and eggs contain high levels of iodine.

Vitamin D Deficiency

• Vitamin D travels through your bloodstream and into your cells, telling them which genes to turn on or off. It is a key nutrient for the absorption of calcium to maintain bone and teeth health and it further supports a healthy brain, heart, lungs, and immune system.
• Side note: Vitamin D is produced from cholesterol in your skin when exposed to sunlight.
• Symptoms are usually very subtle, muscle weakness, bone fracture and compromised immunity are among the most common symptoms.
• Cod liver oil, fatty fish and egg yolks are high in vitamin D levels, however this proves difficult when you are vegetarian – then you may need to supplement and get more sun exposure.

Point being:

The best way of preventing nutrient deficiency is to ensure you eat a balanced diet with whole foods that are nutrient dense. Know your food, 20% social eating (yummy and a lil naughty food) with 80% being eating for nutrition.

When should you supplement?

We believe that listening to your body is key. Are you tired more than you should be, feeling brain fog, a lil under the weather etc? Then take control of your diet and your health, you may experiment with some new foods or a supplement or being outdoor more, and take it from there, after monitoring you can make your own decision.

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