6 Ways To Fight Nutrient DeficiencyAug 31, 2021
You may hear more now than ever, that most people have some sort of nutrient deficiency. It’s no surprise because we are a society who lives on processed food, gmo foods, sugar-loaded recipes, meats from antibiotic fed animals and pesticide and herbicide ridden produce. More than 23.5 million Americans are living with autoimmune diseases and chronic illness which often lead to deficiencies of many nutrients also. With all of that going on, there’s little to no chance that we’re getting all of the nutrients we need to function at our best. It doesn’t stop there, but as we grow older we become even more vulnerable to deficiencies.
So, you probably think this blog is going to be a rambling list of all the nutrients you should be taking, but I know that can seem boring. Instead, I’m going to show you the exact things I do in order to keep my youthful look. Are you ready to look younger by making some simple daily changes to your lifestyle?
Why do these begin to happen once we hit our 40s and sometimes even sooner?
In simple terms, our calorie intake decreases. As we grow older our bodies need fewer calories because our metabolism slows down. Lifestyle can have an effect on this. If you do not make an effort to increase your caloric needs, they will go down over time. And the less food you eat, the fewer nutrients you will get.
As we age, more vitamins and minerals are required to stay looking young and I know you want to stay looking young for as long as possible. Just know, once we pass the age of fifty our cells begin to degrade. Our chromosomes have some arms, called telomeres that protect our chromosomes from damage. However, as we grow older our telomeres shorten, making us vulnerable to mutations. And a higher intake of nutrients can protect us against mutations by both preventing and fighting them.
And finally, we do not store, use, or recycle nutrients as well any more. Normally our bodies do not absorb more nutrients than they need. If we do not eat enough nutrients, our bodies then need to get them from somewhere.
Sometimes we don’t even realize that we are nutrient deficient, so it will help to know some of the symptoms to beware of. Assuming that we are getting enough nutrients can be an easy way to become deficient, as we may not be absorbing them, recycling them, or we may simply need much more than before. Knowing the signs of nutrient deficiency and going for a blood test when we suspect a deficiency is the only sure way of telling if we are deficient.
Some of the signs of aging include:
- dull and dry skin
- brown spots
- fine lines & wrinkles
- sagging skin
- hair loss
- less bone density
- loss of cognitive function
- weakness and fatigue
Don’t be worried, there are some things we can do to slow this aging process down!
#1 Raise your intake of collagen
Collagen is naturally produced by cells in your skin, but it begins to decline as you age. By supplementing with collagen, you can help reduce wrinkles and slow down signs of aging. You can pick up collagen powder sold in health food stores or even your local grocery store. Some of my favourite ways to boost collagen intake are through bone broth or through plant-based foods such as blueberries, dark leafy greens, garlic, eggs, mango, carrots and white tea.
#2 Lather up the coconut oil
Coconut oil acts as natural lubrication when your skin gets dry and well moistened skin keeps wrinkles away. Coconut oil also stimulates collagen production. I like to call coconut oil my magic solution to almost everything – it even has antioxidants that also help slow down the appearance of wrinkles and delay the aging process. Can’t get ENOUGH of this stuff!
#3 Get some sun – natural vitamin D
That’s right – the sun is your friend. Just don’t overdo it. Try to get outside in the sun daily for a half hour without sunscreen. Low levels of Vitamin D have been associated with diseases associated with aging such as cognitive decline, depression, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
#4 More minerals, please!
Minerals can’t be produced by our bodies, so we need to be sure that we are adding them into our diets. Minerals contribute to bone health, energy production, balancing sodium, cell signalling and many other functions of the body. 6 major minerals that are a must, especially for anti-aging include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, and magnesium. You can find these minerals in dark leafy greens, wild-caught fish, fruits, vegetables, legumes, sea salt, avocado, pumpkin seeds and even dark chocolate.
Not sure if your mineral levels are up to par? You can get a Mineral Hair Test done. Some places to do so are doctorsdata.com or Nutritional Deficiency Test right on Amazon
#5 Clean up your gut with Probiotics
Disease starts in the gut, no matter your age. As you get older, there is a higher chance of it, especially if you’re not following the necessary protocols. Let’s clean that gut up to avoid infection and disease! Some of my favourite probiotics are Renew Life 50 billion cultures, Primal Defense Ultra, and GUTPRO.
You can also add in some fermented foods like:
#6 Use Whole Food Supplements
Not all health products are created equal, and there’s a lot on the market that does nothing to benefit your health (and may even worsen it in some cases). Using a whole food supplement, made out of real fruits and vegetables (instead of isolated and synthetic nutrients that your body doesn’t recognize) helps you to increase your nutrient intake and fill the nutritional gaps between what you are eating and what you should be eating.
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