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The Nutrients You’re Likely Lacking

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The stressful lifestyles and poor diets of modern day times makes it virtually
impossible to get all the nutrients a person needs to thrive and achieve optimal
health. And if you think taking a multivitamin has your nutritional needs
covered, chances are, it won’t be nearly enough.
One reason for this is that most typical multivitamins are high in isolated
vitamins and minerals that aren’t as well absorbed and utilized by the body as
when the vitamins and minerals come from whole foods. The other reason is
that many people have nutritional deficiencies so severe, they need to take heavy
doses of certain nutrients just to get to baseline.
The ideal way to determine what you need is through testing. I recommend
spectracell.com to test your vitamin and mineral status. Then, utilize foods rich
in the missing nutrients followed by supplementation with quality vitamin and
mineral supplements only if needed.
But even without testing, there’s almost a guarantee that unless you’ve
proactively taken steps to get these nutrients, you will likely be deficient. It’s
taken me many years of research to narrow this list down based on the consensus
of numerous experts.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D is produced by the body after being exposed to the sun.
It is highly cancer protective and needed for optimal bone health. The benefits
could go on for the rest of this book, so I’ll simply say make sure you get enough
through either moderate sun exposure if you live in a sunny area (hard to do)
and/or supplementation with vitamin D3 of 1000IU per 25 pounds of body
weight per day. A blood test is the most accurate way to determine your specific
needs.
Magnesium: Magnesium is a common mineral deficiency resulting in trouble
sleeping, anxiety, fatigue, and poor bone health. Cacao, greens, and many nuts
are rich in magnesium. Taking 500-1000 mg of a chelated magnesium and/or
using magnesium oil is recommended.
Zinc: Another common deficiency, zing is necessary for proper hormone
production and immune system health. Ant extract (yes, an extract made from
bugs), pumpkin seeds, beef, oysters, and cacao are good sources. If
supplementing with higher doses of zinc, you may wish to include a natural
source of copper as well because too much zinc can deplete copper. Cacao is a
good source of both zinc and copper.
Omega 3: Omega 3 levels are very low among the general population including
even health conscious vegans who don’t consume fish products. Adequate
omega 3 levels is necessary for creating a proper cell membrane and keeping
inflammation low. Fish oil is the ideal source of EPA and DHA. Krill oil is
acceptable, but it is often very expensive for the amounts of EPA and DHA it
contains and doesn’t have the same research backing it like fish oil does. Algae
oil is a source of DHA for vegans. Suggested dose is 1-5 grams a day of fish oil.

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