Today I want to talk a little bit about deficiencies. You see, vitamin and mineral deficiencies are one of the most overlooked culprits behind our physical symptoms. Many times we complain about feelings of fatigue, always getting sick, aches, anxiety, depression, brain fog, etc. and we just take some meds to make ourselves feel better. The problem with this is that our body is trying to indicate that something is off when we experience physical symptoms and just taking a medication to alleviate the symptoms doesn’t take care of the root issue.
Many times vitamin and mineral deficiencies are the root of these symptoms. However, most doctors tend to overlook deficiencies when determining what is wrong. So many times patients are prescribed meds for symptoms that are due to vitamin/mineral deficiencies. This pattern is a big problem because prescription medications lead to even more deficiencies.
Instead of ordering a simple test or looking over the patient’s diet, doctors commonly just say “Here is a prescription. Come back if the symptoms get worse.” I encourage you, next time that you aren’t feeling so great to look at your diet first instead of looking to medication. Feeling a bit confused about what I am saying? Let me give you an example. Let’s say that you wake up feeling down one morning. Nothing has changed in your life overnight so you just chalk it up to PMS and go about your day.
The down mood continues and continues for the week and you start to wonder what the heck is going on. This is where things can go in two different directions. Let’s look at direction 1. In direction 1 the feelings of depression continue for another two weeks and you can’t seem to kick it so you book an appointment with your doctor. Once you see your doctor, he prescribes you an anti-depressant and tells you that the meds should help your mood. You are hesitant to take meds but agree and start on the meds.
After a week on the meds you are dealing with side effects and your mood has barely improved. You book another appointment with your doctor and he ends up telling you to get a therapist. The therapist session helps a little but the depression still lingers and you have started to notice fatigue get worse and other odd symptoms pop up. You start to wonder if you are ever going to feel like yourself again.
Now let’s look at direction 2. In direction 2, you contact your nutritionist and explain what the heck is going on. You say that you oddly have been feeling pretty down lately. She asks for a diet recall and asks you some questions. After an hour she tells you that you likely are deficient in vitamin D and zinc and advises you which supplements to take to feel better. You go and get the supplements, take them, and a week later you notice your mood lifting and you are back to your old self in less than two weeks.
Clearly direction 2 is a lot more pleasant. However, so many people are more apt to take direction 1 because they have no idea that a vitamin/mineral deficiency can cause physical issues. Its sad that there is not more awareness about physical manifestations of deficiencies because there is a lot of unnecessary medications being taken right now.
Furthermore, most people have no idea that medications themselves can cause vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Next time you are feeling off, I would absolutely look to your diet first to see how that can be affecting you. Also, invest in a nutrition professional you can schedule a free call with me here if you are unsure where to start. You will gain tons of helpful knowledge and will get your body feeling better than ever because you are addressing a supremely important aspect of health, your diet.
You deserve to feel 100% healthy and you deserve to know all of your options when it comes to feeling better. Check your diet today because those pesky physical symptoms can be from a deficiency that is easily and holistically corrected with dietary adjustments and high quality supplements. I love you!