Nutritional Deficiencies Affect Health
Wondering how different Nutritional Deficiencies Affect Health? It has been quite alarming that most people living in a modern era has different views of nutrition and how they choose the food they eat. The word “instant” is almost everywhere trying to market a less nutritious diet.
Understanding Nutritional Deficiencies
Chips, sodas, burgers, and fries are always on my list for my daily meal. I am not a fan of home-cooked meals so I just grab any instant meals and go. After the winter vacation, I came back to Dubai and went for a check-up. I have been having back pain for months and was advised by my doctor to take pain relievers for it. I easily get sick and was constantly ill. The medicines didn’t help and I was totally depressed.
I came to know the real cause of my dilemma which is Vitamin D deficiency when a friend introduced me to NAET. I didn’t know that nutritional deficiencies affect health greatly.
With regular NAET sessions, I noticed a huge difference. I started feeling better and better every day. Happily, I don’t have to take pain relievers anymore. Above all these, I definitely see a healthier version of me.
Nutritional Deficiencies Affect Health
A new age of nutritional deficiencies has descended across the UAE, creating specific illnesses of their own and worsening the effects of chronic diseases, said experts.
(Source: Gulf News, May 12, 2014)
The majority of these deficiencies occur because people live affluent lifestyles while consuming high-calorie foods that are devoid of essential nutrients, doctors and dieticians said. The focus on popular diets and health fads also plays a role in increasing the shortage of nutrients.
“It has come to a point where we cannot consider anyone in the UAE completely healthy.” – Dr. Bathool Nissar
Moderns diets simply do not support a healthy lifestyle, especially as they contain an abundance of fast food and packaged items,” he said. Of course, when we encounter a person with lifestyle disease, it means that they have been eating wrong for a while.
What is Nutritional Deficiency?
Nutrient deprivation is due to poor quality of food. Most people eat an unbalanced diet, consisting largely of processed food loaded with artificial additives. And nowadays, we can’t really can’t consider some items we buy to eat to be called “food” at all.
These include refined sugars, carbohydrates (white bread and pastries) artificial chemical preservatives, flavorings and dyes, improperly fermented soy products; coffee and soda; junk foods (chips and dried snacks); pasteurized dairy and most vegetable oils. A better term for such term items is “fake food”.
Fake foods do not give the body what it needs to maintain its vitality. They also strip the system of valuable nutrients and add compounds that are harmful, so you end up depleting your system even more. Improper diet hinders the body’s ability to resist internal and external threats and injuries. This explains why nutritional deficiencies affect health.
Vitamins and Minerals (including Trace elements): Its Role and Benefits
Vitamins are essential to normal metabolism. If we do not take enough of any kind of vitamin, certain medical conditions can result.
Minerals play an important role in the body. It acts as on-off switches in the body. For example, to contract a muscle, calcium is necessary and to relax the muscle, magnesium is needed. Minerals and vitamins are also important in manufacturing things we need such as serotonin (a neurotransmitter that is responsible for maintaining mood balance).
If you don’t have calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper and the necessary vitamins, you can’t make serotonin and if you don’t have serotonin, it would result to depression.
The body needs many minerals which are called essential minerals. Essential minerals are divided up into major minerals (macrominerals) and trace minerals (microminerals). These two groups of minerals are equally important, but trace minerals are needed in smaller amounts than major minerals.
A balanced diet usually provides all of the essential minerals.
|Sodium||Needed for proper fluid balance, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction||Table salt, soy sauce; large amounts in processed foods; small amounts in milk, breads, vegetables, and unprocessed meats|
|Chloride||Needed for proper fluid balance, stomach acid||Table salt, soy sauce; large amounts in processed foods; small amounts in milk, meats, breads, and vegetables|
|Potassium||Needed for proper fluid balance, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction||Meats, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes|
|Calcium||Important for healthy bones and teeth; helps muscles relax and contract; important in nerve functioning, blood clotting, blood pressure regulation, immune system health||Milk and milk products; canned fish with bones (salmon, sardines); fortified tofu and fortified soy milk; greens (broccoli, mustard greens); legumes|
|Phosphorus||Important for healthy bones and teeth; found in every cell; part of the system that maintains acid-base balance||Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk, processed foods (including soda pop)|
|Magnesium||Found in bones; needed for making protein, muscle contraction, nerve transmission, immune system health||Nuts and seeds; legumes; leafy, green vegetables; seafood; chocolate; artichokes; “hard” drinking water|
|Sulfur||Found in protein molecules||Occurs in foods as part of protein: meats, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, legumes, nuts|
|Iron||Part of a molecule (hemoglobin) found in red blood cells that carries oxygen in the body; needed for energy metabolism||Organ meats; red meats; fish; poultry; shellfish (especially clams); egg yolks; legumes; dried fruits; dark, leafy greens; iron-enriched breads and cereals; and fortified cereals|
|Zinc||Part of many enzymes; needed for making protein and genetic material; has a function in taste perception, wound healing, normal fetal development, production of sperm, normal growth and sexual maturation, immune system health||Meats, fish, poultry, leavened whole grains, vegetables|
|Iodine||Found in thyroid hormone, which helps regulate growth, development, and metabolism||Seafood, foods grown in iodine-rich soil, iodized salt, bread, dairy products|
|Selenium||Antioxidant (a substance that inhibits oxidation, especially one used to counteract the deterioration of stored food products.)||Meats, seafood, grains|
|Copper||Part of many enzymes; needed for iron metabolism||Legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains, organ meats, drinking water|
|Manganese||Part of many enzymes||Widespread in foods, especially plant foods|
|Fluoride||Involved in the formation of bones and teeth; helps prevent tooth decay||Drinking water (either fluoridated or naturally containing fluoride), fish, and most teas|
Common Nutrient Deficiencies and its Symptoms
Iron is the main component of red blood cells, where it binds with hemoglobin and transports oxygen to cells, thus, making it the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world according to the World Health Organization. The quantity of red blood cells is decreased, and the blood becomes less able to carry oxygen throughout the body.
The most common consequence if iron deficiency is anemia (Iron Deficiency Anemia).
Some people are suggested to take Iron supplements, however, you should NEVER supplement with iron unless you truly need it. Too much iron can be very harmful.
Also, low iron level could cause a child to experience symptoms such as apathy, short attention span, irritability, impaired memory and reduced ability to learn. A recent study indicates that Iron deficiency interferes with dopamine activity and and may contribute to ADHD.
Iodine is an essential mineral for normal thyroid function and the production of thyroid hormones. (Read more about Iodine deficiency on this blog: http://www.naetdubai.com/hypothyroidism-treatment-uae/ )
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems throughout the body. Unlike most vitamins, vitamin D actually functions as a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it.
Your body makes Vitamin D from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight.
It’s also found in certain foods such as fatty fish and fortified dairy products, although it’s very difficult to get enough from diet alone.
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Impaired immunity
- High blood pressure
- Bone pain
- Digestive Problems
- Mood swings
- Excessive Sweating
Vitamin D deficiency causes Rickets in children and will precipitate and exacerbate osteoporosis, and fractures in adults. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased risk of common cancers, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, and infectious diseases.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency
Also known as Cobalamin, Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin and is essential for blood formation, as well as for brain and nerve function. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal foods. Therefore, people who do not eat animal products are at an increased risk of Megaloblastic Anemia (a blood disorder that enlarges the red blood cells).
Vitamin B12 also plays a role in preventing depression, mood disorders and autism symptoms.
- Weakness, tiredness, or lightheadedness.
- Heart palpitations and shortness of breath.
- Pale skin.
- A smooth tongue.
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or gas.
- Nerve problems like numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking.
Calcium is a vital mineral. Your body uses it to build strong bones and teeth. Calcium is also needed for your heart and other muscles to function properly. When you don’t get enough calcium, you increase your risk of developing disorders like:
- Hypocalcemia (calcium deficiency disease)
- Osteoporosis (a condition of fragile bone with increased susceptibility to fracture)
- Osteopenia ( bone density that is lower than normal peak density but not low enough to be classified as osteoporosis)
Additionally, calcium plays a role as a signaling molecule all over the body. Without it, our heart, muscles, and nerves would not be able to function.
- confusion or memory loss.
- muscle spasms.
- numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face.
- muscle cramps.
- weak and brittle nails.
- easy fracturing of the bones.
Vitamin A Deficiency
Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth, bones and cell membranes. It is also known as Retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye and promotes good vision, especially in low light.
Vitamin A deficiency is an endemic nutrition problem throughout much of the developing world, especially affecting the health and survival of infants, young children, and pregnant and lactating women.
- Xerophthalmia (A medical condition in which the eye fails to produce tears)
- Night-blindness (a condition making it difficult or impossible to see in relatively low light)
- Keratomalacia (an eye disorder that results in a dry cornea).
Magnesium is a mineral found in the earth’s crust, and in your body. It’s needed for healthy bones, heart, muscles, and nerves. It helps your body control energy, blood sugar, blood pressure, and many other processes.
Magnesium deficiency or Hypomagnesia refers to inadequate intake of dietary magnesium or impaired absorption of magnesium, which can result in numerous symptoms and diseases.
- Headache and dizziness
- Muscle twitches and cramps
- Fatigue and muscle weakness
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeat
- Gastrointestinal cramps
- nausea and vomiting
Checking your Minerals
The easiest way to tell if you need a particular mineral is to taste that mineral in solution and you need a mineral testing kit. Here’s how to do it:
A mineral is dropped into your tongue. If it tastes like water or sweet, you are deficient in it. If it tastes metallic or bitter, you don’t need it. Place the ones that don’t taste really bad in your morning juice. Recheck every week until each mineral deficiency is corrected. When one of the minerals starts tasting really bad, you don’t need it anymore.
Nutrient deficiencies affect health: Chronic Diseases
Making a single cell work is the key to get better from a chronic disease. If you give the body the things that a single cell needs to work, the body often has the power to heal all of the cells of the body.
The cell needs the following to be healthy:
- Vitamins to allow the body to make the fats and proteins work
- Minerals to make the fats and proteins work like an on-off switch, and to keep your pH in the operating range
- Water (alkaline)
- fats to make cell membranes
- amino acids to make cytoplasm (the machinery inside cells)
- Voltage (the body must have voltage to function; normal range should be -20 to -25 mV.)
To date, I have never seen a patient with chronic disease that is not mineral deficient, and most are vitamin deficient as well.
The next important thing to recognize is the importance of your liver/gallbladder. The gallbladder is a storage tank for the bile made by the liver and then becomes filled with sludge, it doesn’t function normally. It then becomes a breeding ground for all kinds of infections due to “neurotoxins” (poison) making you sick. The key is to clean the gallbladder and not to remove it. Same is true with the liver. If your liver is sick, it would result in chronic diseases.
Nutritional Deficiencies and NAET
NAET goes beyond standard treatments. NAET increases your overall immune system and enhances your body’s ability to absorb needed nutrients to avoid deficiencies.
One thing that contributes to deficiencies is a person being allergic to food groups that provides a certain micro-nutrient.
We need not avoid the allergens because, with NAET, we don’t require medications or long term avoidance, instead NAET treats the root cause of allergies by desensitizing the body to problematic substances.
To treat your allergies, NAET does The Basic 15 which is comprised of micro-nutrients and basic food groups. Most people with significant allergies will need to get treated for the majority of The Basic 15. Once those are completed, your treatments will be more tailored to your individual health goals such as environmental, pet, chemical and disease-specific treatments and deficiencies.
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