Are you nutrient deficient?

In our modern culture, we are often overfed or undernourished. Our society has become obsessed with size and that is not an accurate indicator of good health!

Nutrients are essential for good health. It is possible to get most of them from a balanced diet. However, the typical Western diet is low in several very important nutrients.

The most common nutrient deficiencies include:

  • Iron- an essential mineral. Very important in the process of transporting oxygen to the cells. The most common cause of iron deficiency is anemia, which is when the cells that carry oxygen in your blood decrease.

Some dietary sources of iron include;

  • Seeds like pumpkin and sesame seeds
  • Dark leafy greens like broccoli, kale and spinach
  • Legumes (lentils, soybeans)
  • Grains (quinoa, brown rice)
  • Edamame
  • Organ meats

Don’t supplement with iron unless you truly need it. Too much iron can be very harmful to the body.

  • Protein – building blocks for your muscles, skin, enzymes and hormones, it plays an essential role in all body tissues.

Protein is found everywhere in the body Your muscles, skin, hair, bones and blood. For this reason, protein deficiency has a wide range of symptoms.

For optimal health, make sure to include protein rich foods in to every meal.

Some dietary sources of protein include;

  • GMO free tofu
  • Beans and legumes (chickpeas and lentils)
  • Quinoa
  • Spirulina
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Eggs
  • Meat, poultry and fish

Do you experience any of these symptoms?

  • Fatigue
  • Constipated
  • Muscle cramps/ spasms
  • Red/ white spots on the back of your arms and neck
  • Restless legs
  • Flaky skin/ scalp
  • Brittle hair and nails

Listen to the feedback from your diet. Often, making the necessary changes in your diet can help address the common signs of deficiency.

Speak to a nutritionist about your deficiencies and how you can heal them through diet and lifestyle changes.

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Qualified chef, Health Coach and Nutritionist based in Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa

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