14 December 2018

Do You Have a Nutrient Gap

While I believe our food should – and can be – our primary source of nutrients, the reality is that for most women, busy lifestyles don’t always allow us to eat optimally all of the time. Many women are lacking in the vital nutrients we need.There’s a lot we don’t know supplements but we do know, scientifically speaking, that having adequate nutritional intake is critical for our health, that many of us are not getting all the nutrition we need from our foods, and that some nutrient supplementation can provide a buffer that keeps our heads above water, nutritionally.The daily stressors that most of us face can, over time, take a toll on our health. I don’t mean just the emotional kind of stress, though that can have an impact on your nutritional status, too. I mean the environmental kind – toxins in our air, water, household products, cosmetics – pretty much everywhere – that require our bodies to work overtime detoxifying, which uses up a hefty dose of the phytonutrients and phytochemicals that help us detoxify and protect our cells from damage. Protective nutrients mean less inflammation, better elimination of environmental toxins, clearer thinking, more energy, and even slower aging!While I’m a strong proponent of getting our nutrition from our foods, the sad reality is that between what the modern food industry has done to damage the quality of our food in the past 60 years, and the fact that most of us are too often too busy to eat optimally, your diet isn’t always enough to give you all you need.So while we don’t have to pop a handful of pills and capsules every day or spend a fortune on vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements, to be healthy, the nutritional support that supplements provide can help you to stay at the top of your wellness game when life is throwing you curve balls that keep you from taking care of yourself as well as you might wish, and can provide a boost of nutrients that help us during specific times in our life cycles, for example during pregnancy, and as we get older.

Do You Have a Nutrient Gap?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you, too, are probably low in some key nutrients:
  • I sometimes feel run down and exhausted*, and grab for quick snacks instead of the best food

  • I sometimes have to a skip meal, even as often as a couple of times a week, because I’m so busy

  • I almost always skip breakfast

  • I get twitches in my eyes (could be low magnesium)

  • My legs feel crampy or restless at night* (could be low calcium, magnesium, or iron)

  • I have PMS (could be low calcium, magnesium, or B-vitamins)

  • I get colds easily and they take awhile to clear up* (could be low zinc, low vitamin C, low vitamin D)

  • I struggle with mood issues*, especially depression or anxiety (could be low vitamin D, low essential fatty acids, low B vitamins)

  • I have sugar cravings (could be low B vitamins, low trace minerals)

  • My joints ache* sometimes (could be low essential fatty acids)

  • I get cracks in the corners of my lips/mouth (could be low B vitamins)

  • I easily get constipated (could be low magnesium)

  • I sometimes get white lines on my fingernails (could be low zinc)

  • I’ve been told I am at risk for, or have, osteoporosis*, or a family member has had it (could be low calcium, low vitamin D)

  • I’ve been told I have low iron, or anemia, in the past (could be low iron)

  • I eat leafy green vegetables (kale, collards, broccoli, Brussel’s sprouts) less than 4 times a week

  • I spend less than an hour outdoors in the sunlight every day in the summer, and less than several hours outside daily in the winter months (because it takes about that much to get enough daily vitamin D from the sun!).