Are you deficient in certain nutrients? How do you know? Studies show that the general population is in fact deficient in many essential nutrients.
5 Major Nutrients you MAY be deficient in:
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Are you dehydrated? If we’re being honest with ourselves, the answer is probably yes. Most people are usually slightly if not severely dehydrated. Think about it. The weekend rolls around, you have some drinks Friday night, you wake up Saturday morning, grab a big cup off coffee and head out to brunch with friends. Then you sip mimosas and rarely touch the water glass. Saturday evening rolls around and you have a glass of wine or two. Do you drink water before you go to bed? Likely not enough, if any. No wonder why when Sunday and Monday roll around, you’re EXHAUSTED. Low energy, lethargic, and cranky because you don’t want to start another week. Dehydration not only makes you feel awful, but it messes up how well you sleep at night, therefore decreasing your strength and energy. If this sounds like you, you are dehydrated. Drink up! A good rule of thumb is half your bodyweight in ounces of water per day. If you’re sweating a lot, drink more than that.
- Do you take a multivitamin? Because chances are you are NOT getting all the vitamins and minerals you need through your current diet. Even if you do take a multivitamin, you can STILL have vitamin/mineral deficiencies. Best option? The next time you are visiting your doctor, ask her to run a blood panel that checks all your levels. This is the most accurate way of determining what vitamins/minerals you may need to supplement into your diet. A common deficiency for women is a lack of Iron. Therefore many females have to supplement with a multivitamin AS WELL as an Iron supplement (to get their levels up). So, taking a daily multivitamin is a great place to start, but go even further and check to make sure you aren’t deficient in any one area. Once you start supplementing to address those deficiencies you will feel SO much better.
- How much protein do you consume a day? Probably NOT ENOUGH. I say this with confidence because with all the people we have worked with over the years, never have we come across someone who was consuming too much protein. Rather, they were not consuming anywhere near enough. Do you know that you as an individual, need a certain amount of protein daily just so your body can carry out it’s normal functions properly? Even if you aren’t lifting weights and working out intensely, your body still NEEDS protein. Some people will argue that they don’t need much protein because they aren’t looking to put on a lot of muscle mass. Great. That’s not the point. Even if you aren’t looking to add muscle to your body (though I don’t know why anybody wouldn’t want to) your body still requires protein as an essential nutrient. Did you know that protein works to stabilize blood sugar in your body? It prevents you from getting that spike then crash you get from carbohydrates. Complete proteins (found in animal meats and other sources) also contain all the essential amino acids your body needs, which are the building blocks of muscle. Do you want strong, lustrous hair, clear beautiful skin, and a tight and toned physique? Eat up your protein! How much does the average person need? A good rule of thumb is about 1g of protein per bodyweight. However, depending on one’s goals and lifestyle, more or less is beneficial.
- Fatty acids, what’s that? Essential Fatty acids are, as they are called ESSENTIAL for humans. They are made up of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. I’m sure if you’ve seen any advertisement for fish oil supplements, this might sound familiar. Our body can not produce fatty acids, so it is essential that we consume them through our diet. Let me start off first by saying this, YOUR BODY NEEDS FAT. By eating fats, that does not mean those fats turn into fat on your body. However, eating too much fat than you need, can result in fat gain. *That’s why knowing your individual macronutrient needs are so important. Where can you find good sources of EFA’s? Fish, shellfish, flaxseed, flaxseed oil, hemp seed, olive oil, canola oil, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and leafy vegetables to name a few. EFA’s help support many metabolic processes in our body and when consuming the right amount your body needs, can actually help your body burn fat. Funny how that work, huh? Eat fat, burn fat. For many people, it helps to supplement this into their diet by taking a fish oil or flaxseed capsule to ensure they get the daily recommend about of EFA’s per day.
*Note: Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Eating lots of fat in your diet, more than you need, will not result in satisfactory results.
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