Nutritional Empowerment

By Wendy Wells, NMD.

Digestion is key to health. Many things can interfere with digestion as well as absorption of the nutrients we need. There are specific health conditions that are caused by nutrient deficiencies.

Poor Digestion and Absorption of Nutrients

Nutritional interferences can occur in several ways:

Food intolerances are the cause of food allergies and toxic bowel.

Stress Fight or Flight Mode

Phytates – Found in un-sprouted seeds and grains and forms a complex with many minerals:

Drugs and Nutrition

Metformin and Tagemet – interfere with B12 absorption.

Antacids – decrease B12, iron, calcium absorption and protein digestion.

Hydrochlorothiazide diuretics – deplete sodium, potassium, magnesium, zinc.

Loop diuretics (Furosemide) – deplete sodium

Alcohol – depletes thiamine, folate, B6, Vitamin A, zinc.

ASA/NSAIDS – can cause iron deficiency anemia from bleeding, damage gastrointestinal lining

Birth control pills – Deplete B6, Vit C

USDA Statistics

Some of the differences in vitamin and mineral content from 1975 to 2000

Nutritional Deficiency Research

"90% of women and 71% of men get less than the RDA for vitamin B6." - From Dietary vitamin B-6 intake and food sources in the US population: NHANES II, 1976-1980. Kant AK, et al. 1990.

We need B6 to make Serotonin

"People with low levels of retinol, beta-carotene, vitamin E and selenium are more likely to get cancer." - From Serum retinol, beta-carotene, vitamin E and selenium as related to subsequent cancer of specific sites. Comstock GW, et al. American Journal of Epidemiol 135:115-21, 1992.

"Supplemental vitamin D reduces the risk of colon cancer by 50% compared to dietary vitamin D which reduces it 12%." - From Calcium, vitamin D, and dairy foods and the occurrence of colon cancer in men. Kearney J, et al. American Journal of Epidemiol 143:907-17, 1996.

We Need Supplements

Considering the information above, there are good reasons to take supplements.
Many apparent genetic or chronic diseases can be due to nutrient deficiencies.

The bioavailability of the nutrients is increased if you buy high quality supplements that only naturopathic doctors can prescribe. IV nutrients are available also for those who want an immune boost or are more depleted.

Food produced by factory farms can be unpredictable when it comes to nutrient content and bioavailability. Consumer Labs is a good place to compare different brands claims to their actual content of the vitamins.

Specific Nutrition Examples

Many chronic problems can be treated from the prospective of replacing the nutrients in the body that are deficient.

This information is not a substitute for the knowledge and guidance of a licensed health care practitioner. It is recommended that you receive assistance from a knowledgeable physician when addressing potentiality serious illnesses.

Each person with symptoms associated with a "disease" will need different treatment.

We are only addressing the physical health of the body, however the emotional, mental and spiritual health also need to be addressed as well.

Asthma

Other asthmatic considerations:

Migraines

Other considerations:

PMS

Nutrient deficiencies – Magnesium (depleted by sugar intake), B6, Omega 3 fatty acid, Iron

Other PMS Considerations:




Wendy Wells

Author Wendy Wells is a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Arizona.
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