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When we hear the phrase “nutritional deficiencies,” our minds often wander towards distant seeming maladies. While you’re currently struggling with your weight loss and health, do you make an effort to realize the levels of many key nutrients that are needed for optimal functioning?
Even if you’re overweight, it is possible – and even common – to be under-nourished because you lack sub-optimal levels of many key nutrients?As a result, many of us struggle with varying levels of fatigue, moodiness, fat loss difficulties, and cravings that become our relative state of normality.
The fact is, our nutrient status is very much the foundation of our metabolism and performance. Learn which key nutrients you’re most likely lacking – and how you can best boost your body’s supply.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
While it’s widely known that omega-3 fatty acids are good for heart health, did you know they can also be beneficial for your hair, skin, nails, and joints? Its veyr important for you to understand the ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6, another type of essential fatty acid and their relationship towards health risks like cancer, auto immune diseases etc..
Non-animal sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as flax seeds and walnuts are great choices; however, they’re only partially converted into their most beneficial forms, EPA and DHA, which are found in animal sources such as free range country eggs, fresh water fatty fish.
This trace mineral, we see negative impacts on both sides of the scale – if we don’t have enough (related to goiter) or if we have too much (related to some autoimmune conditions). Iodine is most prominently linked to thyroid function, which is often considered the master switch of metabolism. As we try to clean up our diet, intake of artificially-iodized salt decreases, and your risk for optimal iodine levels increases, particularly because most of us don’t eat many naturally iodine-rich foods, such as sea vegetables because of mercury poisoning threats. Do you know pastured eggs from free range hens can fulfill your need of this vital nutrient!!
A very powerful mineral, zinc is found in every organ and tissue and heavily influences the health of our immune systems, the production of testosterone, our production of thyroid hormones, and the mitigation of wound healing all of which needs this mineral. If you need better lean body mass and healthy libido, this will be your id card to get you into the systems.
Make sure to source this mineral from foods such as grass fed beef and lamb, oysters, spinach, spring onions, and pumpkin seeds. A word of caution for this mineral, if taken in excess it can interfere with copper absorption.
Lack of this nutrient will triggering blood sugar imbalances and food cravings. Chromium actually decreases with stress and age, meaning at some point we’re all at risk for deficiency. Increase your intake of broccoli, basil, garlic and turkey for more of this essential nutrient that helps improve insulin sensitivity and to keep sugar cravings at bay.
Selenium is an important trace element with roles in thyroid function, pancreatic function, immune system activity and detoxification. Relatively depleted in much of our agricultural soil today, and for those who struggle with thyroid conditions or have been told that they have “borderline” thyroid issues, selenium is critical for your body to make the more active form of thyroid hormone called T3. Brazil nuts, Mushrooms and seafood such as mercury free tuna, sardines, and shrimp also contain relatively ample amounts of selenium.
This mineral is critical for hundreds of functions and processes in the body, including blood sugar regulation, muscle function, nerve function, detoxification, and energy utilization. Most of us are deficient in magnesium – especially if we exercise regularly! surprising right? Ever wondered why you are constipated- because you lack Mg.Make sure to take in ample amounts of magnesium-rich foods, including spinach, chard, and kale (yet another reason to focus on those leafy greens – with vitamin K as an added bonus), as well as almonds, pumpkin seeds, wild-caught mackerel, black beans, and avocado.
While it’s easy to keep your focus on macro nutrients (carbohydrates, fat, and protein), remember that optimal changes will only occur when your micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) are in order to feel, function, and perform at our best.
Always remember to support yourself with lots of whole, natural, unprocessed foods, and be sure to supplement strategically to give your body the foundation it needs to be its absolute best – inside and out. You deserve it!