Is a Vitamin Deficiency Turning You into an Old Crone?
“You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral [a nutrient] deficiency.” -Dr. Linus Pauling
Is a vitamin deficiency making you old and sick before your time?
Have you made the connection whatever you put into your mouth (or don’t put into your mouth) has a direct effect on your health and how quickly you age?
Five years ago, I wasn’t making this connection. I hadn’t made the switch to organic food and was still consuming a SAD (Standard American Diet) way of eating. I was so clueless I had no idea I needed to supplement my poor diet which consisted of processed foods with vitamins. I think if I had the hindsight to use vitamins at that time they probably would have been commercially made. If that were the case, I would have “peed” them right out as many of them are synthetic and pass through the body with no real benefit.
What were the effects of my poor micronutrient diet?
I was overweight, sluggish, with dull hair and lackluster skin.
Only when I realized the importance of real food and quality supplements did I take control of my health, lose weight, and regain healthy hair and skin.
Most people in this country are malnourished, despite the obesity epidemic! Vitamin deficiency is on the rise and the effects can be devastating. MS, cancer, and other serious health problems are attributed to vitamin deficiency.
Aging is a natural part of life, but if you’re deficient in a vitamin, you can experience accelerated aging.
If your diet is low in antioxidants, it will cause you to age at a quicker rate than those who get the Recommended Daily Allowance or RDA of vitamins and minerals.
Studies have even shown with proper supplementation, you can reverse aging and regain a healthier state. In one study, older rats were given Alpha Lipoic Acid and L-Carnitine. This in turn lowered their oxidant levels to that of young rats! Perhaps through this research we’ve found the fountain of youth!
Here are some of the most common micronutrient deficiencies and the ailments they are linked to:
- Vitamin D- MS, hypertension, obesity
- Vitamin K – Osteoporosis, excessive bleeding
- Iron - Chronic fatigue, headaches, dizziness
- Zinc – Impaired immune function
- Vitamin B12 and B6 – Depression, dementia, skin problems
What makes this worse is even if you eat mostly whole foods, the soil of today is depleted. This means much of the food you’re eating is already vitamin and mineral deficient. Poor farming practices and pesticide use contribute to this. This is why its even more important to eat organically, whenever possible. It’s been proven that organic food contains more nutrients than conventional foods.
Here’s a few more things that can deplete your micronutrient intake:
- Excessive exercise
- Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs
Recently, I listened to an enlightening podcast from The Underground Wellness Show. In it, Sean Croxton interviewed the Caltons, authors of Naked Calories: How Micronutrients Can Maximize Weight Loss, Prevent Disease, and Enhance Your Life. It just so happened I downloaded this podcast on the morning I was going to write this post. It was fate! The book is primarily about how micronutrient imbalance contributes to disease. I’d highly recommend reading this book if you’re experiencing symptoms of accelerated aging and disease.
So how do you know which vitamin or mineral you’re deficient in and how much of it to take? This can be really confusing! You don’t want to spend big money on supplements and pee it out, do you?
This is where a wonderful tool I’ve spoken of before on the blog comes in. You can use Biomeridian Assessment to have your vitamin levels tested. This is an accurate and non-invasive way to see where you stand. Five years ago when I started my organic journey, I met Andrea, a certified Biomeridian practitioner. She was able to test the energies in my body and let me know what my deficiencies were. Most people are lacking in iodine and I was one of them! In addition, she found I needed to take a whole food multivitamin and magnesium and potassium.
Another perk is that she can test a particular brand to see if it works with your body. This means no more spending money on low quality supplements which provide no benefits. It’s really a magical test which I highly recommend to anyone. It can truly change your life and your health! If you’re in the South Florida area, contact Andrea Mandel at (954)474-4829 or find her on Facebook.
At this point, you may be thinking…”Do I suffer from a vitamin deficiency?” If you are experiencing any of the symptoms I related above, I would definitely locate a Biomeridian practitioner in your area and get yourself checked out. It can be as simple as a one hour test to start looking and feeling better fast.
Now it’s your turn!
How do you maintain adequate micronutrient levels? Do you believe the heath of your skin relies just as much on what you ingest as what you put on it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Stay natural…stay beautiful…go green!
P.S. I recently became affiliated with an amazing whole foods and supplement company named Purium. If you haven’t heard of them, please check out the site. They’ve opened my world up to the importance of cleansing and green drinks and only sell the most high quality, additive free supplements.
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