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Do You Have A Nutritional Deficit?
July 5th, 2012 by Dennis McInerney

Nutritional Wellbeing is a matter of Supply and Demand.

For many individual, nutritional demand has become greater than the diminished supply of  essential nutrients we get from our diet. The quantity and quality of the nutrients we get from our food is determined by the soil it is grown in, the processing it goes through and the emotional desire we have for a given food. Today, the soils in which we grow our fruits and vegetables are depleted of many essential minerals.  We consume more and more processed foods that are lacking in the nutrients they once had.  And we make food choices that tend toward fast and convenient foods which often provide empty calories high in fat and concentrated carbohydrates.

On the other side of the scale, environmental factors, stress, illness and medications have increased nutritional demand. Pollutants in our environment produce an ever-growing amount of free radicals, increasing the demand for antioxidants nutrients, such as Vitamins “A”, “C” and “E”. Life’s stresses deplete the body of the B vitamins,   particularly pantothenic acid.  Stress also depletes   Vitamin “C”, electrolytes and the trace mineral zinc. Every illness is associated with a body system. Example: high blood pressure and heart disease with the cardiovascular  system, muscle spasm and joint pain with the musculoskeletal system, etc. Each body system requires specific nutrients for optimal function.  An illness   increases the demand for nutrients required by the   associated body system.  Illness can also be a reflection of a nutrient deficiency.  Frequent colds or flu may reflect a deficiency in those nutrients that are necessary for a healthy immune system. Thousands of medications (prescription and OTC)  interfere with the absorption and utilization of nutrients.  Use of medications such as NSAIDS, antacids, diuretics, anti-hypertensives, oral  contraceptives, etc. can lead to drug induced nutritional deficiencies.
 

FIVE STEPS TO REDUCE YOUR NUTRITIONAL DEFICIT

STEP 1Eat fresh whole foods whenever available.  Fresh whole foods offer the riches source of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.
STEP 2:  Make certain food is properly digested and that nutrients are efficiently absorbed.  Low stomach acid and diminished amounts of digestive enzymes limit the amount of nutrients absorbed from the foods we eat.
STEP 3:  Avoid environmental pollutants.  Avoiding free radicals generated by the sun’s ultra-violet rays, air and water pollution, pesticides, herbicides, microwaves, etc. dramatically reduces oxidative stress and the demand for antioxidants.
STEP 4:  Reduce stress.  Exercise and meditation can lessen the impact of  a stress filled life and work environment.
STEP 5:  Supplement the diet with those nutrients where demand is increased and dietary intake is limited by soil depletion and food choices.

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