Since this is Nutrition Month, I thought I might share some the ways nutrients affect our health or lack of health.  I put a list of Nutrient Deficiency Signs and Symptoms in my book, not because I am Debbie Downer, but because people don’t realize that their poor health might be due to lack of specific nutrients.  

Nutrition Nerd that I am, I want people to realize that EVERYTHING the body does is done with nutrients we get from food, and if needed, from supplementation.  Because food is ideal, I also have a chart of nutrients and their food sources.  Knowing what I need ALWAYS gets me eating more of the healthy foods that will provide that nutrient.  

Here are a few symptoms that might be of interest to you:

  • Itching ears = Need for vitamin A, C, B5, zinc and quercitin
  • Vision loss = A, zinc, omega-3 fats, B1
  • Hypertension = magnesium
  • High cholesterol = B vitamins, CoQ10, magnesium, B3, fiber
  • Hypothyroid = iodine, copper, selenium, B5, fatty acids
  • Inflammation = A, B vitamins, C, D, E, quercitin, turmeric, essential fatty         acids, CoQ10
  • Muscle Cramps = magnesium, taurine, 5-hydroxtryptophan, inositol, calcium, potassium, biotin
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome = B6, B2, magnesium, quercitin
  • Depression = Magnesium, B vitamins, 5-hydroxytryptophan, tyrosine, choline, omega-3 fats, biotin
  • Fatigue = Magnesium, B vitamins, B5, tyrosine, CoQ10
  • Memory = Magnesium, B vitamins, B12, fatty acids, B6, Omega-3 fats, choline

Source: Dana Laake as cited in “Sick and Tired, to Healthy and Inspired: 9 Steps to Prevent Lifestyle Related Diseases by Abby Kurth, MPH, MS

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