The beginning of an illness could be solely because of a micronutrient deficiency.
Have you ever thought of your health concerns as a spectrum? In other words, your health concerns may be in different stages in terms of its position on a scale between two extreme or opposite points. You may be in the beginning stage of an illness, or have developed a chronic disease. We often test for many markers, to include micronutrients to help address these concerns.
Conditions that could be affected by micronutrient deficiencies include:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Autoimmune diseases
- Neurological disease
- Sleep disorders
- Many many more…
Micronutrients are essential nutrients that the body requires in relatively small amounts but are crucial for maintaining good health and overall well-being. They play a vital role in various physiological and biochemical processes within the body. Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals, and they are essential for several reasons:
1. Supporting Metabolism: Micronutrients act as cofactors and coenzymes (helper) in metabolic reactions. They help enzymes, “the doers” function properly, facilitating the conversion of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) into energy that the body can use for various processes.
2. Cellular Function: Micronutrients are involved in the functioning of cells and the regulation of cellular processes. They play roles in DNA synthesis, cell division, and the maintenance of cell membranes, ensuring proper cell growth and repair.
3. Immune System Function: Certain micronutrients, such as vitamins A, C, D, and zinc, are crucial for the proper functioning of the immune system. They help the body fight off infections, protect against oxidative stress, and support immune cell communication.
4. Bone Health: Micronutrients like calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, boron, selenium and phosphorus are essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth. They play a key role in bone formation, mineralization, and remodeling.
5. Nervous System and Brain Function: Micronutrients, including B-vitamins (e.g., B6, B12, folate) and minerals like magnesium and iron, are vital for proper nerve function and the synthesis of neurotransmitters that regulate mood and cognitive function.
6. Blood Clotting: Micronutrients like vitamin K are essential for proper blood clotting. They play a critical role in maintaining the balance between preventing excessive bleeding and preventing excessive clotting.
7. Antioxidant Defense: Micronutrients such as vitamins C and E, along with minerals like selenium, cysteine, function as antioxidants. They help neutralize harmful free radicals that can cause cellular damage and contribute to chronic diseases.
8. Hormone Regulation: Certain micronutrients, like iodine, are essential for the synthesis of thyroid hormones that regulate metabolism, growth, and development. Your brain must have iodine to develop.
9. Vision Health: Micronutrients like vitamin A and certain antioxidants (e.g., lutein and zeaxanthin) are important for maintaining good vision and reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration.
10. Skin Health: Micronutrients like vitamin E and zinc contribute to healthy skin by protecting against oxidative damage and supporting wound healing.
11. Red Blood Cell Formation: Micronutrients like iron, vitamin B12, and folate are crucial for the production of red blood cells and preventing anemia.
It’s important to note that while micronutrients are necessary for health, balance is key. Consuming too little or too much of certain micronutrients can lead to deficiencies or imbalances, which can have negative health effects. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of nutrient-rich foods is essential to ensure you’re getting the necessary micronutrients for optimal health. Even more so, just putting food in your mouth, doesn’t mean it will assimilate in your body. Your gut function has to be optimal also. Imbalances in your microbiome and gut permeability play a key role in optimizing micronutrients. Additional factors that can affect your micronutrient status can be infections, genetics, and aging.
Micronutrient testing is always a possibility to get you a step closer to optimal health. Often times we will do a NutrEval, Organic Acids Testing, or serum and blood cell micronutrients. From there, we will have to determine the source, cause of the deficiency, and determine how to replace it.
We don’t always have to initially reach for a medication. Think about the building blocks for the body. We have to give the body what it needs first, in order to heal.
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