This week we’re continuing to look at essential nutrients. Last week we looked at how modern life depletes us of nutrients and why we now need more sources of nutrients for optimal health. But this alone doesn't give you the full picture.
We know many of us are commonly deficient in key nutrients, but most of us don't know what these nutrients are, what can happen if we are deficient in them and most importantly, how to increase your nutrient levels if you are low.
In this blog I'm going to look at five of the most common nutrient deficiencies we see at the BePure Clinic, signs and symptoms of these deficiencies and tips to maximise your nutrition to ensure you're living with optimal levels of nutrients for a healthy life.
Testing: It is advised you seek testing for Iodine through your health practitioner. We highly recommend taking the gold standard test for Iodine, which includes a whole body sufficiency test, we offer these at the BePure Clinic, but some initial bloods screenings are involved.
Good sources of Iodine are seaweed, especially kelp. Or putting seaweed on your vegetable garden, which transfers to growing vegetables high in Iodine. We have two forms of Iodine in BePure One, potassium Iodine and also Iodine from kelp.
Testing: Selenium can easily be tested in the blood, however be aware that lab ranges in New Zealand are too low as they are based on a population that are deficient. At BePure we like people to be above 1.6 or 1.7 nmol.
Good sources of Selenium: Brazil nuts, beef and fish. BePure One contains 150 mcg of selenomethionine in order to help you maintain optimal Selenium levels.
Testing: Testing your Zinc levels is something you can do at home with a functional test. This is recommended over testing your Zinc levels with a blood test as Zinc levels in the blood are tightly controlled by homeostasis. Our BePure Zinc Test is an easy way to test yours and the families Zinc levels easily.
Good sources of Zinc include seafood (especially oysters) and red meat. In BePure One we have 15mg of Chelated Zinc to help maintain Zinc status.
Testing: You can test for vitamin D deficiency via a blood test. Speak to your health care provider. At BePure we like people to be above 80nmol/l of vitamin D, or maintain levels around 150nmol/l if the client has autoimmunity concerns.
Food sources of vitamin D include egg yolks, beef, fish, organ meat and dairy. In BePure One we have 800IU of Vitamin D3 and an additional 800IU of Vitamin D3 in BePure Three.
As you can see there are some simple changes you can make today to improve your nutrient status. You can improve - or hinder - the absorption of these nutrients by eating certain foods together. How you eat your meals is sometimes just as important as what you are eating for your meals. In our blog 'How to Get the Most Nutrients out of Your Food, we have some handy tips for optimising your uptake of essential nutrients.
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