5 Vital Nutrients You May be Missing

Most of us are taught the importance of eating fruits and vegetables during childhood. We’re introduced to a food pyramid and told that we should eat a balanced diet. Now, as an adult, you may watch what you eat and limit fats and sugars. But most of the time this isn’t enough.

Are you always tired? Does your mind feel foggy? You might be like the majority of Americans who fall short of proper vitamin and nutrient intake.

Selah Medi-Spa in Katy, Texas, offers customized nutritional plans to people who want to kick-start their health and fuel their bodies with a clean diet for peak functioning. Here we discuss five of the vital nutrients your body might be missing.

1. Potassium

Existing in every cell in your body, potassium is a key nutrient. This mineral has a great role in sustaining your nerves, muscles, and fluid balance. Your body needs it to produce energy and build strong bones.

You might constantly feel tired or be bloated all the time if you are lacking potassium. Many instances of high blood pressure may be linked to potassium deficiency. This is explained by potassium’s ability to relieve tension in blood vessels, which lowers your blood pressure. 

Not having enough potassium could also lead to high blood pressure because the nutrient is vital in relieving blood vessels. People over the age of 19 should get at least 4,700 milligrams daily. 

2. Iron 

Iron is necessary for oxygen to move tissues and cells in your body. This nutrient is especially important for pregnant women and those who are planning to conceive. Women are at higher risk of having an iron deficiency because of the blood loss that occurs during menstruation.

Anemia, the term for iron deficiency, may cause symptoms like pale skin, headaches, and tiredness. While men need 8 milligrams daily, women over 19 should 18 milligrams of iron a day. Iron is found in foods like soybeans, oatmeal, and beef.

3. Calcium

You were probably told as a child the importance of drinking milk to keep your bones strong and healthy. While this is true, your heart also needs calcium to help it pump blood. Calcium is also necessary for allowing your muscles to contract.

Usually, there are no short-term symptoms from not getting enough calcium. But in the long run, you may be at risk for having a low bone mass and getting osteoporosis. 

Women between the ages of 19-50 and men who are 19-70 years old should aim to consume 1,000 mg of calcium every day. If you are older than this age bracket, you are advised to get 1,200 mg daily.

4. Fiber

Helping your body clear out waste, fiber plays an essential role in the prevention and relief of constipation. Fiber helps waste to move smoothly and also stimulates the microbiota — healthy organisms found in the gut.

When your body doesn’t get enough fiber, you become constipated. Foods that are low in fiber are harder to digest and can cause irregularity in your bowel cycle. The best way to get fiber is by eating lots of vegetables like broccoli, spinach, peas, and squash. Whole grains, beans and lentils are also a good source of fiber. 

Adults should aim to consume 20 grams of fiber a day. Getting the proper amount of soluble fiber is shown to help lower your LDL, or bad cholesterol. 

5. Vitamin A 

Vitamin A, also known as retinol, encourages the growth of healthy skin, eyes, and teeth. It supports the immune system and helps your heart, lungs, and kidneys function properly.  

Vitamin A comes in two forms — retinoids and carotenoids. Retinoids are usually found in animal products like liver, eggs, kidneys, and dairy products. Carotenoids are located in stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits.

The recommended dosage of vitamin A is 900 micrograms for men and 700 micrograms for women. If you don’t get enough Vitamin A, you could develop dry and bumpy skin, vision problems, and/or an infection. 

The bottom line

While these five nutrients can be incorporated into your daily diet, most people aren’t getting the proper doses on a daily basis. Poor nutrient levels can lead to health problems, and unless you’re a nutrient expert, it can be hard to keep track of your nutrient levels.

This is where we come in; our customized nutrition plans help get your health in tiptop shape. We create a plan for you based on your sex, genetics, weight, gender, and more. Your custom plan may incorporate treatments like:

You’ll notice a great improvement in your health once your nutrient levels recharge. Get started today toward a healthier future. Call us at 218-201-5322 or book an appointment online.

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