Are you Deficient?
Even with ideal meals, you can suffer deficiencies due to nutrient leeched soil from modern farming, artificial ripening, irradiation, food processing, poor digestion, overcooking, prolonged storage and absorption inhibitors such as pharmaceutical drugs, infections and illnesses. Also anti-nutrients such as alcohol, caffeine and phytates which are high in grains, bind nutrients out of the body. Increased requirements during stress, disease, youth, adolescence, pregnancy, breastfeeding and old age may not be met through diet. Common high calorie, low nutrient diets or insufficient intake are other factors.
Deficiencies and diseases
As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. A concept which is being taken more seriously today than ever before, for example there is an increasing number of pregnant women taking folic acid to prevent birth defects. While your body can make some vitamins such as vitamins A, D and K, it can’t make minerals so must rely on dietary intake. This is where a problem
may arise, particularly if you have digestive weakness or are not sure how your food has been processed. Supplementing can ensure minor deficiencies don’t develop into major diseases.
The following list of symptoms may result from minor deficiencies which can be corrected with the right supplements or super foods:
Hair loss or greying hair has been linked to low vitamin B5, B6 and B12, biotin, iron and protein. Dry hair and scalp can indicate poor vitamin A or essential fatty acid (EFA) stores. Feed your follicles with high iron black strap molasses, vitamin B rich tempeh, protein packed eggs and omega-3 dripping flax seed oil.
Cuts at the corners of your mouth may indicate vitamins C, B2, B6 or folic acid deficiency. A burning tongue can indicate low vitamin B complex. Bleeding gums can signify low vitamin C and mouth ulcers are helped with vitamin B6, zinc and an alkalising diet. For cracks at corners of mouth or a swollen or fissured tongue try liquid vitamin B complex.
Extract originally published in Go Magazine . For whole article see -https://www.carolinerobertson.com.au/uploads/1/0/0/8/10080309/are_you_deficient.pdf