Are you eating these regularly; meat? marine foods? are you getting in the sunshine? If you answered no to any of those, chances are that you have one or all of the top 4 nutritional deficiencies, however, interestingly even meat eating sunshine lovers are getting these deficiencies.  Deficiencies relate to how we feel and have a big impact on our life.  The most common deficiencies in the world are IRON, Vitamin B12, IODINE and VITAMIN D.  What are the sources of these? Meat, Marine food, some Dairy and the Sunshine.  But at the end of the day it is not just What You Eat, but whether your body is absorbing it.

Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world!

Over 30% of the world’s population are anaemic.  It is an epidemic!

Some Initial Deficiency Symptoms

  1. Lethargy. Fatigue.
  2. Breathlessness.
  3. Anxiety and depression.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 Deficiency affects millions of people around the world, it varies from country to country significantly.

Deficiency Symptoms are similar to Iron Deficiency.

Why would you be Vitamin B12 deficient?

  • Dietary factors: Low intake of animal products
    • High risk for deficiency in vegetarians (vegans) and even in lacto-ovo vegetarians (but at a lower risk)
    • Malabsorption due to Helicobacter pylori, bacterial overgrowth, or gastric atrophy in the elderly
    • Genetic disorders of vitamin B12 metabolism

Where to Get Iron and Vitamin B12?

  1. Animals. Liver, sardines, and salmon, but LIVER is the BEST SOURCE. There are no vegetarian sources.
  2. Supplements. Methylcobalamin.

Iodine

The trace mineral Iodine is extremely important to our health, but again there is an epidemic of iodine deficiencies around the world, It is important for our thyroid, our metabolic regulator.

Deficiency Symptoms are similar to Iron Deficiency, but also may see inability to put on weight or lose weight regardless of food intake.

Why the deficiency?

Lack of Iodine in the soil.  Except for possibly coastal areas.  Insufficient intake of iodine rich foods such as seaweed and seafood.  Excessive intake of goitrogen-rich foods which interfere with iodine uptake by the thyroid gland such as broccoli, bok choy, soy products, brussel spouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, wheat and grain products.

Where to Get Iodine?

  1. Seafood, shellfish, any creature and seaweed from the ocean, such as kelp.  Grilling retains the most amount of Iodine from all the cooking methods, raw is the best.
  2. Supplement. Kelp, Lugol’s Iodine Solution, Lodoral and Losol.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Deficiencies are in the epidemic proportions also. It is generally asympthomatic until it shows up over time as a lack of calcium.  It is essential for the absorption of calcium, as well as a role in immune function, meaning it may show up in people with allergies, autoimmune diseases, asthma, multiple sclerosis, respiratory infections and type 1 diabetes.  1/3 of Australian adults that have been tested through study have Vitamin D deficiency.  It is life threatening, leading to softening of bones and progressive muscle weakness a the least.

There are no symptoms of deficiency until there is a major symptom.

Why the deficiency?

Lack of sunlight.  It is produced in the body from exposure to sunlight.

Where to Get Vitamin D?

  1. Sunlight!
  2. Small amounts can be found in Butter, Liver products, Seafood products and Egg Yolks, but it is minimal.
  3. Supplement. Vitamin D with Vitamin K2.

 

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